William Griffith Wilson, cited by "Time" magazine as one of the hundred most influential individuals of the 20th century, is better known as Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. In this book, Matthew J. Raphael, himself a member of AA (and writing under a pseudonym, in accordance with the code of AA), presents both the legendary Bill W. and the private Mr Wilson, who tried to live apart from his own celebrity.
MATTHEW J. RAPHAEL is a well-established writer and a member of A.A.
"Raphael's complex final judgment of Bill W., and implicitly of A.A. itself, is more than earned by the care and the verve of all that comes before it in this now indispensable book" - Dionysos: Journal of Literature and Addiction "This exceptionally well-written book on the life of A.A.'s cofounder will deservedly find a wide readership. It is time that the man inside the legend of Bill Wilson was rediscovered. Bill W. and Mr. Wilson achieves that feat." - William L. White, author of Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America "This biography respectfully attempts to pull Bill W. down from his mythical pedestal. Drawing from both primary and major secondary sources, Raphael critically reconsiders what we think we know about the man who started a therapeutic revolution." - Publishers Weekly "This is the best book I have read on Bill Wilson; it is also one of the best introductions to A.A. - its origins, development, and significance." - Roger Forseth, professor emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Superior "Raphael not only interprets the 'big' books about the A.A. movement and its two founders (Dr. Bob as well as Bill W.), he has also read all the recent scholarship on the subject and uses it scrupulously and judiciously in the formulation of his own views. I think Raphael's book will become the starting point for any subsequent scholarship and/or discussion of the subject." - Deirdre Bair, author of Anais Nin: A Biography
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