The phenomenon of Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the solid accomplishments and one of the most promising developments in these dark times.
Well over one hundred thousand persons have been put on the road to recovery since 1935 when Alcoholics Anonymous was founded. In the U.S.A. and 41 other countries there are now some 4500 groups, approximately 100 of which are in hospitals and 175 in prisons. Not only in terms of lives remade, but also for its social pioneering, Alcoholics Anonymous has earned a large place for itself in American life.
What are the guiding principles of A. A.'s?
What is the secret of their many successes?
How can these principles help anyone, whether an alcoholic or not? How do A. A.'s help eachother?
How is a fully democratic procedure followed in such a huge organization?
How can one qualify for membership in Alcoholics Anonymous?
Here is the inside story told in a friendly man-to-man style by one of them - a co-founder. The greater part of the book describes the now famous 12 steps from despair to human dignity. Basic to them all is the dependence upon a higher power, a willingness to submit to it, and the insistence upon absolute honesty with oneself. Then follow the briefer 12 traditions which give the philosophy that has guided the rapidly growing organization of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is a story to thrill every reader with new possibilities for himself and for his world.