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I Saw Religion Remake A Drunkard - Your Faith, September 1939
Alcoholics and God - Liberty, September 30
The Elrick B. Davis articles - Cleveland Plain Dealer, Oct. - Nov. 1939
Alcoholics Anonymous - Newsweek, February 19, 1940
Alcoholics Anonymous - Time, February 19, 1940
Alcoholics Anonymous - Scribner's Commentator, January 1941
Alcoholics Anonymous - Saturday Evening Post, March 1, 1941
Laymen and Alcoholics - Harper's Magazine, September 1941
Alcoholics Anonymous - Saturday Night, November 27, 1943
Alcoholics Anonymous - Read, February 1944
Alcoholics Cured by Faith - Science Digest, May 1944
Yale to Rehabilitate Alcoholics - Science Digest, June 1944
Help for Drunkards - Time, October 23, 1944
"Maybe I Can Do It Too" - Reader's Digest, November 1944
Alcoholism - Is there a Cure? - Family Circle, January 5, 1945
It's Fun to be Sober - Newsweek, January 15, 1945
Alcoholics on the Air - Time, March 5, 1945
Alcoholics Anonymous Doin Great Job in Its New Times Sq. Clubhouse - Variety, March 28, 1945
I Was A Drunk - Maclean's, May 15, 1945
Blueplate Gospel - New Republic, May 21, 1945
Case History of an Alcoholic - Look, June 26, 1945
We Are Lonely People - True Confessions, July 1945
My Return from the Half-World of Alcoholism - Reader's Digest, January 1946
The Sick Person we Call an Alcoholic - New York Times Magazine, April 21, 1946
Alcoholics - True, May 1946
Can Alcoholics Recover? - Ladies' Home Journal, August 1946
I'm an Alcoholic Who Quit Drinking - Rotarian, September 1946
Heightened Hope for Alcoholics - American Weekly, October 27, 1946
I'm an Alcoholic's Wife - Maclean's, December 15, 1946
Alcoholics Anonymous - Vital Speeches of the Day, February 1, 1947
Life Membership - Time, February 26, 1947
I Was An Alcoholic - Pageant, April 1947
Problem Drinkers - Survey Midmonthly, June 1947
Can We Conquer Alcoholism? - Health, July 1947
We Can Lick Alcoholism - Science Illustrated, June 1948
Alcoholics Anonymous - Hygeia, July 1948
Hope for the Alcoholic - Survey, April 1949
I Went Back to a Drunk - Maclean's, June 1, 1949
New Help for Alcoholics - Coronet, July 1949
How San Fransisco Sobers 'Em Up - Liberty, July 1949
Skid Row - U.S.A. (Part 1) - Collier's, August 27, 1949
Skid Row - U.S.A. (Part 2) - Collier's, September 3, 1949
Medical Care For Alcoholics - See, September 1949
My Lost Seven Years - Radio and TV Mirror, March 1950
The Drunkard's Best Friend - Saturday Evening Post, April 1, 1950
Alcoholics Anonymous - Illustrated, April 8, 1950
Double-Barreled Hope for Alcoholics - Reader's Digest, October 1950
A.A. A Uniquely American Phenomenon A - Fortune, February 1951
A.A. A Uniquely American Phenomenon B - Fortune, February 1951
Dr. Bob - American Weekly, March 11, 1951
I'm a Nurse in an Alcoholic Ward - Saturday Evening Post, October 18, 1952
The Shame of Skid Row - Saturday Evening Post, December 20, 1952
The 24-Hour Club for Alcoholics - Your Life, January 1953
The Facts About Alcoholism - U.S. News & World Report, October 2, 1953
Convicts Take the Cure - American Mercury, October 1953
"We Couldn't Work If We Were Known" - Carnival, February 1954
A Letter To A Woman Alcoholic - Good Housekeeping, March 1954
Suggested as Model: Alcoholics Anonymous - Science NewsLetter: June 19, 1954
These Drug Addicts Cure One Another - Saturday Evening Post, August 7, 1954
Alcoholics Anonymous: No Booze But Plenty of Babes - Confidential, September 1954
Hit Bottom then Bounce - American Mercury, October 1954
Alcoholics Not-So Anonymous - Rave, March 1955
Why not Delinquents Anonymous? - American Mercury, March 1955
Help for the Alcoholic's Family - Saturday Evening Post, July 2, 1955
Saved from Skid Row - Time, July 18, 1955
The "Big Book": Bible for Alcoholics - Saturday Review, August 27, 1955
Are You Driving Your Alcoholic to Drink? - Pageant, December 1955
The Uphill Fight Against Alcoholism - Reader's Digest, April 1956
A.A.'s Auxillary - Time, December 17, 1956
If you Joined Alcoholics Anonymous - Saga, September 1957
When you Call A.A. - Good Housekeeping, September 1957
They're Rehabilitating the Alcoholic Worker - Reader's Digest, August 1958
Passionately Anonymous - Time, July 11, 1960
Alcoholism...the problem brought up to date - Consumer Reports, November 1960
Hope in a Bitter Teen-Age Tragedy - Life, February 10, 1961
Alcoholism... An Agonized Plea for Love - Cosmopolitan, July 1961
The Housewife's Secret Sickness - Saturday Evening Post, January 27, 1962
Making Marriage Work: The Alcoholic Parent - Ladies' Home Journal, October 1962
What the Alcoholic Owes to Marty Mann - Reader's Digest, January 1963
Alcoholics Anonymous: Cult or Cure? - Harper's Magazine, February 1963
The Law of Unselfishness - Reader's Digest, February 1964
Alcoholics Anonymous - Dangers of Success - The Nation, March 2, 1964
Alcoholics Can Be Cured - Despite A.A. - Saturday Evening Post, September 19, 1964
The Thirteenth Step - Real, September 1965
An Alcoholic's Letter to His Son - Reader's Digest, November 1966
When A Parent Drinks Too Much - Parent's Magazine, July 1967
The Beginning of Wisdom About Alcoholism - Fortune, May 1968
I Was an Alcoholic Housewife - Reader's Digest, September 1968
Anonymous Ally - Time, February 8, 1971
My Parents Drink Too Much - Seventeen, April 1971
The Neglected Tragedy of Alcoholism - Plain Truth, October 1971
A Farewell to Alcohol - Atlantic Monthly, January 1972
I Was A Teen Alcoholic - Seventeen, March 1974
Alcoholism: New Victims, New Treatments - Time, April 22, 1974
An Oasis Called Al-Anon - Reader's Digest, September 1976
Alcoholics Are Just Like You and Me - Saturday Night, June 1978
Programs That Will Help You Stay on the Wagon - Business Week, October 26, 1981
Getting Straight - Newsweek, June 4, 1984
Alcoholism Treatment - Society, July/August 1984
Fifty Years, a Day at a Time - Time, May 20, 1985
Alcoholics Anonymous Celebrates Its 50th Year - Saturday Evening Post, August 1985
Unforgettable Bill W. - Reader's Digest, April 1986
A Drunkard's Progress - Harper's Magazine, October 1986
When Your Child Drinks - Reader's Digest, November 1986
The Long Road Back - Newsweek, May 11, 1987
A Humanist Alternative to A.A.'s Twelve Steps - The Humanist, July/August 1987
Getting Better - Encounter, September/October 1987
Out in the Open - Time, November 30, 1987
"I'm One Drink Away from a Drunk" - U.S. News and World Report, November 30, 1987
Alcohol and Free Will - New Republic, December 14, 1987
Alcoholics Anonymous - New York Times Magazine, February 21, 1988
Long-Awaited Book on A.A. Doesn't Satisfy - Newsweek, April 11, 1988
A New Course on Campus: A.A. 101 - Newsweek, November 28, 1988
The Twelve Step Program: Cure or Cover? - Utne Reader, November/December 1988
A.A.: Guilt and God for the Gullible - Utne Reader, November/December 1988
Recovery as Process - Utne Reader, November/December 1988
Alcoholics Anonymous: From Surrender to Transformation - Utne Reader, November/December 1988
Hollywood: God is Nigh - Newsweek, December 12, 1988
A New Generation Fights Addiction - New York, February 20, 1989
Where Slava Starts Over Again - Time, April 10, 1989
Very Personal Computing - Newsweek, August 28, 1989
Unite and Conquer - Newsweek, February 5, 1990
The New "EST" - Los Angeles, March 1990
It's a Slap in the Face of A.A. - Saturday Evening Post, March 1990
Forgoing Church Many Find Help is 12 Steps Away - Boston Globe Staff, April 29, 1990
The Twelve Step Controversy - Ms., November/December 1990
Alcoholics Anonymous - Aging, Fall 1990
Blitzed - New Republic, April 22, 1991
Clean and Sober - and Agnostic - Newsweek, July 8, 1991
Recovery Fever - New York, September 9, 1991
The Intimate Enemy - Modern Maturity, February/March 1992
The Happy Humanist - The Humanist, November/December 1992
Confess and Be Happy - New York Times Magazine, February 26, 1995
A.A. At The Crossroads - New Yorker, March 20, 1995
Sobering Times for A.A. - Time, July 10, 1995
Back to Basics for Addicts - Maclean's, October 21, 1996
The Drinking Dilemma - U.S. News & World Report, September 8, 1997
The 12-Step Habit - Shape, November 1997
The Healer Bill W. - Time, June 14, 1999
The Story Ran on Page F1 of the Boston Globe - by David Mehegan, Globe Staff, December 26, 2001 
Clean and Sober, How Bill W. Founded the Alcoholics Anonymous and Helped Millions - Biography, January 2003
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