Comparison of AA Big Book 1st & 2nd Edition


14th & 16th Edition
reference to word changes, additions, omissions, appearance, capitalization, punctuation & spelling

word changes, additions & omissions

(note: vii-1-1,2 = page, paragraph, line or lines)

 

1st vii-1-1,2 Anonymous, are many thousands of men and

2nd xiii-1-1,2 Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and

1st vii-2-1,2 remain anonymous in order to more effectively handle the

2nd xiii-2-2 remain anonymous because we are to few, at present to handle the

1st vii-2-4,5 professional folk some of us could not carry on our occupations if known.

2nd xii-2-5,6 professional folk, we could not well carry on our

occupations in such an event.

1st viii-2-2,3 (The Alcoholic Foundation, Grand Central Annex Post Box 459, New York City (17).)

2nd

1st The Doctor's Opinion starts on page 1

2nd The Doctor's Opinion starts on page xxiii

1st 2,3 (Signed)-----M.D.

2nd xxiv-3 William D. Silkworth, M.D.

1st 8-1-2,3 prominent in New York City.

2nd xxix-3-2 prominent in New York.

1st 9 no signature block

2nd xxx signature block, William D. Silkworth, M.D.

1st 23-4-3 to the Father of Lights who presides

2nd 14-1-3 to the Father of Light who presides

1st 27-1-3 All have recovered.

2nd 17-1-3 Nearly all have recovered.

1st 28-3-1,2 dealt with us found it sometimes

2nd 18-3-1,2 dealt with us have found it sometimes

1st 28-5-8,9 the conditions we found most effective.

2nd 18-5-9 the conditions we have found most effective.

1st 33-2-11 a headache, beat himself on

2nd 23-2-11 a headache, beats himself on

1st 33-2-12 that he couldn't feel the

2nd 23-1-12 that he can,t feel the

1st 34-2-2 happy day will seldom arrive.

2nd 23-4-2 happy day may not arrive.

1st 36-2-5,6 a celebrated physician who prescribed

2nd 26-1-5,6 a celebrated physician (the psychiatrist, Dr. Jung) who prescribed

1st 39-3-2,3 followed by more than a score of personal experiences.

2nd 29-1-2,3 followed by three dozen personal experiences.

1st 41-3-2,3 real alcoholic ever recovered control.

2nd 30-3-3 real alcoholic ever recovers control.

1st 42-1-6 always by still worse

2nd 30-4-6 always by a still worse

1st 51-2-9 personal problems, that I

2nd 40-2-9 personal problems, and that I

1st 52-2-12 New York, of finding

2nd 41-1-12 New York, and of finding

1st 56-2-5 spiritual basis-not always

2nd 44-2-5 spiritual basis are not always

1st 56-3-1,2 half our fellowship were

2nd 44-3-1,2 half our original fellowship were

1st 59-1-10 That is growth, but

2nd 47-1-10,11 That was growth, but

1st 62-2-5 Experience has taught that these

2nd 50-2-5,6 Experience has taught us that these

1st 63-1-10 The contemporaries

2nd 51-1-10 Some of the contemporaries

1st 64-2-2,3 to change the point of

2nd 52-2-2,3 to change our point of

1st 65-1-1,2 problems by simple reliance

2nd 52-3-1,2 problems by a simple reliance

1st 65-1-2 Spirit of this universe, we

2nd 52-3-2 Spirit of the Universe, we

1st 69-3-3 very night seven years ago it

2nd 56-5-3 very night, years ago, it

1st 72-2-(c) That God could and would if sought.

2nd 60-2-(c) That God could and would if He were sought.

1st 72-4-1 requirement was that we

2nd 60-4-1 requirement is that we

1st 72-4-10 as he wishes, the show

2nd 60-4-10 as he wished, the show

1st 74-2-7 self without Him.

2nd 62-2-7,8 self without His aid.

1st 74-3-4 are His agent.

2nd 62-3-4 are His agents.

1st 88-1-6 Should we still

2nd 76-1-6 If we still

1st 93-1-10 all happened three years ago.

2nd 80-4-10,11 all happened years ago.

1st 94-3-1 Should we have

2nd 82-2-1 If we have

1st 96-1-2 amazed before half through.

2nd 83-4-2,3 amazed before we are half way through.

1st 96-1-3 freedom and happiness.

2nd 83-4-3,4 freedom and a new happiness.

1st 96-1-5 serenity and know peace.

2nd 83-4-6 serenity and we will know peace.

1st 100-2-9 did when trying to

2nd 87-3-9,10 did when we were trying to

1st 104-2-7 brand him an alcoholic.

2nd 92-1-7,8 brand him as an alcoholic.

1st 104-3-1 alcoholism as a sickness, a

2nd 92-2-1 alcoholism as an illness, a

1st 104-3-15,16 If he does not ask, proceed with the rest of your story.

2nd

1st 113-3-4,5 place like Greenland Ice

2nd 101-1-4,5 place like the Greenland Ice

 

1st 113-4-4 time, but usually winds

2nd 101-2-4,5 time, but he usually winds

1st 121-1-2 of every girl who has

2nd 108-1-2 of every woman who has

1st 126-2-5,6 knows that over a hundred men, much

2nd 113-1-5,6 knows that thousands of men, much

1st 127-2-13,14,15,16 During 1939 two state hospitals in New Jersey released 17 alcoholics. Eleven have had no relapse whatever- none of them have returned to the asylum.

2nd 114-1-14,15,16 Since this book was first published, A.A. has released thousands of alcoholics from asylums and hospitals of every kind. The majority have never returned.

1st 127-3-7,8 but not less than the

2nd 114-2-7,8 but not more than the

1st 128-4-5,6 be self-conscious, nor feel that

2nd 115-2-5,6 be self-conscious or feel that

1st 133-2-5 infinitely better he have

2nd 120-1-5 infinitely better that he have

1st 134-3-7 you understand, that you

2nd 121-1-7 you understand, and that you

1st 138-1-8 deal but almost invariably

2nd 125-1-8,9 deal, but we almost invariably

1st 138-2-6 or ridicule of him coming from

2nd 125-2-6 or ridicule coming from

1st 143-2-8 on earth, nevertheless.

2nd 130-1-8 on earth.

1st 144-1-14 other and come to a

2nd 130-3-14 other and comes to a

1st 147-3-8,9 psychologist if this condition persists.

2nd 134-1-9 psychologist if the condition persists.

1st 147-3-9,10 know of any case where this

2nd 134-1-10 know of many cases where this

1st 148-2-3,4 morning meditation, then they

2nd 134-3-3,4 morning meditation and then they

1st 148-3-3,4 status beyond a shadow of

2nd 135-1-3,4 status beyond the shadow of

1st 150-1-1,2 One of our friends, whose gripping story you will read, has spent

2nd 136-1-1,2 Among many employers nowadays, we think of one member who has spent

1st 156-2-8 get well immediately?

2nd 142-1-8 get well?

1st 161-1-8 about him at all, that you

2nd 146-3-8,9 about him, that you

1st 162-1-9 If you do, your past

2nd 147-3-9 If you take it, your past

1st 168-1-1 Nearly ten years ago, one of

2nd 153-4-1 Years ago, in 1935, one of

1st 168-1-2,3 From the business standpoint,

2nd 153-4-2,3 From a business standpoint,

1st 168-4-2,3 Then after all,

2nd 154-3-3 After all,

1st 170-5-4,5 in here six times in the last four months.

2nd 156-4-4,5 in here eight times in the last six months.

1st 173-2-3,4 his first acquaintance, the lawyer

2nd 159-2-3,4 his first acquaintances, the lawyer

1st 174-2-7,8 lips of men like their husbands

2nd 160-1-8 lips of their husbands

1st 175-3-6,7 too discredited, nor has sunk

2nd 161-2-7 too discredited or has sunk

1st 176-1-9 belief in our work.

2nd 161-3-9 belief in ours.

1st 177-3-1 We know a former alcoholic who was

2nd 163-2-1 We know of an A.A. member who was

1st 177-3-5 this writing.

2nd 163-2-5,6 this writing. (1939)

1st

2nd 570-4 "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which can not fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance--that principle is contempt prior to investigation."

-Herbert Spencer

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1st vii-1-4,5 PRECISELY HOW WE HAVE RECOVERED

2nd xii-1-4,5 precisely how we have recovered

1st vii-3-3 A Member

2nd xii-3-4 a member

1st 11-2-8 securities

2nd 2-2-8,9 securities,

1st 33-2-1 drink

2nd 23-1-2 drink,

1st 33-3-9 some day

2nd 23-2-8 someday

1st 34-3-3 non-existent

2nd 24-1-3 nonexistent

1st 34-3-4 unable

2nd 24-1-4 unable,

1st 35-1-8 stop,

2nd 24-4-8 stop

1st 35-2-11 existence,

2nd 25-1-12 existence

1st 35-3-1 that

2nd 25-2-1 That

1st 35-3-2 experiences,

2nd 25-2-2 experiences

1st 35-3-4 fellows,

2nd 25-2-4 fellows

1st 36-1-6 one

2nd 25-3-6 One

1st 36-2-11 springs,

2nd 26-2-12 springs

1st 37-1-4 key,

2nd 26-3-5 key

1st 37-2-2 bodyguard,

2nd 26-4-2 bodyguard

1st 38-4-6 learned, and felt, and seen,

2nd 28-2-6 learned and felt and seen

1st 39-2-2 alcoholism

2nd 28-4-2 alcoholism,

1st 39-2-4 members; surprisingly

2nd 28-4-4 members. Surprisingly

1st 41-3-3 ever

2nd 30-3-3 ever

1st 42-2-5 anyone,

2nd 31-1-5 anyone

1st 42-2-6 drinking,

2nd 31-1-6 drinking

1st 43-3-9 years,

2nd 32-2-9 years

1st 43-3-22 quickly,

2nd 32-2-23 quickly

1st 44-1-6 "once

2nd 33-1-6 "Once

1st 46-1-5 suffers,

2nd 34-3-5 suffers

1st 46-2-3 Friends,

2nd 35-1-3 Friends

1st 46-2-5 bankruptcy,

2nd 35-1-5 bankruptcy

1st 46-3-4 world war

2nd 35-2-4 World War

1st 47-1-11 familiar,

2nd 36-1-12 familiar

1st 47-2-2 milk,

2nd 36-2-2 milk

1st 47-2-5 reassured,

2nd 36-2-5 reassured

1st 51-1-4 instructive

2nd 40-1-4 instructive,

1st 52-2-14 went,

2nd 41-1-15 went

1st 55-1-1 the

2nd 43-1-1 The

1st ont>

2nd 43-1-5 Higher Power

1st 56-1-5 if,

2nd 44-1-5 if

1st 57-2-3 A Power Greater Than Ourselves.

2nd 45-1-3 a Power greater than ourselves.

1st 57-3-3 yourself,

2nd 45-2-3 yourself

1st 58-2-6 A

2nd 46-2-6 a

1st 58-2-12 forbidding,

2nd 46-2-12 forbidding

1st 59-1-11 grow,

2nd 47-1-11 grow

1st 62-3-2 Everyone

2nd 50-3-2 Every one

1st 62-4-8 Power

2nd 50-4-9 power

1st 62-4-17 The

2nd 50-4-18 the

1st 63-2-2 are

2nd 51-2-1 Are

1st 63-2-5 Brothers

2nd 51-2-5 brothers'

1st 65-2-1 Brothers'

2nd 52-4-1 brothers'

1st 67-1-5 points:

2nd 54-2-5 points,

1st 68-1-4 then if you wish

2nd 55-4-4 then, if you wish,

1st 69-1-1,2 "WHO ARE YOU TO SAY THERE IS NO GOD?"

2nd 56-3-1 "Who are you to say there is no God?"

 

1st 69-3-3 night seven years ago

2nd 56-5-3 night, years ago,

1st 70-4-3 That

2nd 58-4-3 that

1st 71-2-3 Program of Recovery

2nd 59-2-2 program of recovery

1st 72-(12)-2 steps

2nd 60-(12)-2 steps,

1st 74-1-5 seemingly,

2nd 62-1-5 seemingly

1st 74-1-7 self,

2nd 62-1-7 self

1st 74-3-4 Principal,

2nd 62-3-4 Principal;

1st 78-2-5 whose

2nd 66-1-5 whose,

1st 79-3-4 ourselves were sick,

2nd 66-4-4 ourselves, were sick

1st 80-1-1 fear

2nd 67-3-3 "fear"

1st 82-1-5 God-given,

2nd 69-2-5 God-given

1st 84-1-11 fifth step in the Program of Recovery

2nd 72-1-12 Fifth Step in the program of recovery

1st 85-3-4 truth,

2nd 73-3-4 truth

1st 86-2-1 cannot,

2nd 74-1-1 cannot

1st 88-1-2 step six.

2nd 76-1-2 Step Six.

1st 88-2-7 Amen.

2nd 76-2-7 Amen."

1st 88-3-2,3 steps eight and nine.

2nd 76-3-2,3 Steps Eight and Nine.

1st 90-2-3 fault;

2nd 78-1-3 fault,

1st 91 2-7 reputation,

2nd 79-1-7 reputation

1st 92-1-2 jail,

2nd 79-3-2 jail

1st 92-2-4 help,

2nd 92-2-4 help

1st 94-2-9 flank,

2nd 82-1-10 flank

1st 96-3-1 step ten

2nd 84-2-1 Step Ten

1st 97-1-13 cocky,

2nd 84-3-14 cocky

1st 99-1-6 assurance

2nd 86-2-6 assurance,

1st 99-1-7 thought life

2nd 86-2-8 thought-life

1st 99-2-12 Nevertheless

2nd 86-3-13 Nevertheless,

1st 100-5-3 step twelve.

2nd 88-3-3 Step Twelve.

1st 103-1-5 doctor if he will

2nd 91-1-6 doctor, if he will,

1st 104-2-5 Don't at this stage

2nd 92-1-5 Don't, at this stage,

1st 104-3-8 alcoholism,

2nd 92-2-8 alcoholism

1st 105-1-4 conceptions,

2nd 93-1-4 conceptions

1st 105-2-6 worked,

2nd 93-2-6 worked

1st 105-2-14 it,

2nd 93-2-14 it

1st 106-1-2,3 past,

2nd 94-1-2,3 past

1st 106-1-13 again,

2nd 94-1-13 again

1st 106-2-7 fellowship

2nd 94-2-8 Fellowship

1st 107-1-11 hilltop,

2nd 95-1-11 hilltop;

1st 108-2-10 fellowship

2nd 96-1- Fellowship

1st 108-3-3,4 twelve steps of The Program of Recovery.

2nd 96-2-3,4 Twelve Steps of the program of recovery.

1st 109-1-11 destruction,

2nd 96-3-11 destruction

1st 110-1-4 accept,

2nd 97-3-4 accept

1st 110-3-9 job

2nd 98-1-9 Job

1st 111-3-5 resumed,

2nd 99-2-5 resumed

1st 113-4-3 himself,

2nd 101-2-4 himself

1st 115-1-3 anywhere,

2nd 102-2-3 anywhere

1st 115-1-6 motives,

2nd 102-2-6 motives

1st 116-1-1 Someday

2nd 103-2-1 Some day

1st 117-3-1 relatives,

2nd 104-3-1 relatives

1st 117-5-3 misunderstanding,

2nd 104-5-3 misunderstanding

1st 118-1-1 loyalty,

2nd 105-1-1 loyalty

1st 118-2-5 while,

2nd 105-2-5 while

1st 118-2-7 could,

2nd 105-2-8 could

1st 119-3-1,2 collectors; the sheriffs; the angry taxi drivers; the policemen; the bums; the pals;

2nd 106-2-1,2 collectors, the sheriffs, the angry taxi drivers, the policemen, the bums, the pals,

1st 123-1-2 two,

2nd 109-2-2 two

1st 123-1-4 near-wreck,

2nd 109-2-4 near-wreck

1st 123-2-3 insane,

2nd 110-1-3 insane

1st 124-1-3,4 unbearable,

2nd 111-1-2,3 unbearable

1st 124-3-6 happy,

2nd 111-3-6 happy

1st 125-1-2 book,

2nd 111-5-2 book

1st 126-2-2 luke-warm,

2nd 113-1-2 lukewarm

1st 126-2-11 him,

2nd 113-1-11 him

1st 126-3-5 book,

2nd 113-2-5 book

1st 127-1-2 hopeless;

2nd 113-3-2 hopeless,

1st 127-2-7 institution

2nd 114-1-8 institution,

1st 127-3-3 cannot,

2nd 114-2-3 cannot

1st 128-1-3 life,

2nd 114-3-3 life

1st 128-4-8 nature,

2nd 115-2-8 nature

1st 129-2-2 Frequently

2nd 115-4-1 Frequently,

1st 129-2-6 people,

2nd 115-4-6 people

1st 130-2-2 drink,

2nd 117-1-2 drink

1st 130-3-5 earnest,

2nd 117-2-5 earnest

1st 131-1-2 hurt-feelings,

2nd 117-3-2 hurt feelings

1st 131-3-4 understanding,

2nd 118-2-4 understanding

1st 132-1-5,6 not, for

2nd 118-3-6 not for,

1st 132-2-4,5 book, or the work of another alcoholic, has

2nd 118-4-4,5 book or the work of another alcoholic has

1st 132-2-14 problem,

2nd 118-4-14 problem

1st 133-1-9 life,

2nd 119-2-9 life

1st 133-2-2 beautifully,

2nd 120-1-2 beautifully

1st 134-2-1 life,

2nd 120-3-1 life

1st 134-2-7 problem,

2nd 120-3-7 problem

1st 135 2-4 life,

2nd 122-2-4 life

1st 136-1-6 thoughtful,

2nd 123-1-6 thoughtful

1st 136-4-4 shameful,

2nd 123-4-4 shameful

1st 137-1-7 family,

2nd 124-1-7 family

1st 137-2-8 help,

2nd 124-2-8 help

1st 137-3-12 pride,

2nd 124-3-12 pride

1st 138-1-2 others

2nd 125-1-3 others'

1st 138-1-8 deal

2nd 125-1-8 deal,

1st 139-2-9 affectionate,

2nd 126-1-9 affectionate

1st 141-1-5 self-justification,

2nd 127-3-5 self-justification

1st 141-1-2 Over-night

2nd 128-1-2 Overnight

1st 142-3-4 person,

2nd 129-2-4 person

1st 143-2-12 experience,

2nd 130-1-12 experience

1st 144-1-6 himself,

2nd 130-3-6 himself

1st 145-1-2 there,

2nd 131-2-3 there

1st 145-1-10 with,

2nd 131-2-10 with

1st 145-2-6 friends,

2nd 131-3-6 friends

1st 145-2-14 others

2nd 131-3-15 others'

1st 145-3-12 others,

2nd 132-1-13 others

1st 146-3-2 overnight,

2nd 133-1-2 overnight

1st 147-3-4 stopped,

2nd 134-1-4 stopped

 

 

1st 149-2-2,3 "FIRST THINGS FIRST" "LIVE AND LET LIVE" and "EASY DOES IT."

2nd 135-2-3,4,5

First Things First

Live and Let Live

Easy Does It.

1st 152-1-4 bank,

2nd 138-1-4 bank

1st 152-1-8 was:

2nd 138-1-9 was,

1st 153-3-3 drinker,

2nd 139-2-3 drinker

1st 153-3-9 things,

2nd 139-2-9 things

1st 154-1-9 humanitarian, or business,

2nd 139-4-9 humanitarian or business

1st 154-2-3 difficulty

2nd 140-1-3 difficulty,

1st 155-1-6 discharged:

2nd 141-1-7 discharged,

1st 155-1-11,12 me, for

2nd 141-1-12 me for,

1st 155-3-2 drinking,

2nd 141-3-2 drinking

1st 156-2-8 ask

2nd 142-1-8 ask,

1st 158-1-3 concerned,

2nd 143-2-3 concerned

1st 159-1-3 understand,

2nd 144-4-3 understand

1st 159-2-3 account,

2nd 145-1-4 account

1st 159-2-6 solution,

2nd 145-1-6 solution

1st 159-4-3,4 business, there will be rivalries,

2nd 145-3-3,4 business there will be rivalries

1st 160-1-6 first, but

2nd 145-4-6 first but,

1st 160-1-6 bill-boarded

2nd 145-4-6 billboarded

1st 161-1-8 suspicious,

2nd 146-3-9 suspicious

1st 161-1-11 Program of Recovery

2nd 146-3-11 program of recovery

1st 162-1-11 cannot,

2nd 147-3-11 cannot

1st 162-2 2 not,

2nd 148-1-2 not

1st 162-3-3 cannot,

2nd 148-2-3 cannot

1st 162-4-4 cannot,

2nd 148-3-4 cannot

1st 162-4-9 worth-while

2nd 148-3-10 worthwhile

1st 163-1-1 vice-president

2nd 148-4-1,2 vice president

1st 163-1-7 us, for

2nd 148-4-7 us for,

1st 164-1-2 vice-president

2nd 149-2-2,3 vice president

1st 164-3-1 Today,

2nd 149-4-1 Today

1st 165-1-2 companionship,

2nd 151-1-2 companionship

1st 165-1-2 boredom,

2nd 151-1-2 boredom

1st 165-1-4 friends,

2nd 151-1-4 friends

1st 166-2-1 substitute,

2nd 152-2-1 substitute

1st 166-2-2 Fellowship

2nd 152-2-2 fellowship

1st 166-2-3 boredom,

2nd 152-2-3 boredom

1st 166-2-6 The Fellowship

2nd 152-2-6 the fellowship

1st 166-4-2 you

2nd 152-4-2 you,

1st 166-4-5 Fellows

2nd 152-4-5 fellows

1st 166-4-10 yourself,

2nd 152-4-10 yourself

1st 167-2-5 Fellowships

2nd 153-2-6 fellowships

1st 167-3-7 Fellowship

2nd 153-3-7 fellowship

1st 168-3-7 acquaintance,

2nd 154-2-8 acquaintance

1st 168-4-1 course,

2nd 154-3-1 course

1st 169-1-5 returned,

2nd 154-4-5 returned

1st 169-2-4 situation:

2nd 155-1-4 situation;

1st 169-2-5 arrears,

2nd 155-1-5 arrears

1st 169-2-7 out;

2nd 155-1-7 out,

1st 169-3-10 family,

2nd 155-2-11 family

1st 170-1-6 squarely,

2nd 155-3-6 squarely

1st 171-1-1 right,

2nd 156-5-1 right

1st 171-2-1 Fellow

2nd 157-1-2 fellow

1st 173-2-4 lawyer,

2nd 159-2-4 lawyer

1st 175-1-10 The

2nd 160-3-10 the

1st 175-2-6 Fellows

2nd 161-1-6 fellows

1st 178-1-4 Fellows

2nd 163-4-4 fellows

1st 178-2-5 Fellowship

2nd 164-1-5 fellowship

1st 178-4-4 find,

2nd 164-3-4 find

1st 178-4-5 you, in the Fellowship of The

2nd 164-4-5 you in the Fellowship of the



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