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Second Edition
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Second Edition Big Book

These are the personal stories that can be found in the back of the book titled, "Alcoholics Anonymous"
The Second Edition, Fourteenth Printing, 1973

Book Title: ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS,
WORKS PUBLISHING INC.,
NEW YORK CITY

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS® and A.A.® are registered
trademarks of A.A.World Services, Inc.
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A co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The  birth of our Society dates from his first day of permanent sobriety, June 10, 1935.
column divider    Doctor Bob's Nightmare
.....171  
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Pioneer member of Akron's Group No. 1, the first A.A. group in the world. He kept the faith; therefore, he and countless others found a new life.
  Alcoholics Anonymous Number Three
.....182  
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'Who is convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.' But not this man.
  He Had To Be Shown
.....193  
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But he discovered that there are some gentlemen who can't drink.
  He Thought He Could Drink Like A Gentleman
.....210  
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Despite great opportunities, alcohol nearly ended her life. Early member, she spread the word among women in our pioneering period.
  Women Suffer Too
.....222  
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Beer and wine were not the answer.
  The European Drinker
.....230  
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How it finally broke a Southerner's obstinacy and destined this salesman to start A.A. in Philadelphia.
  The Vicious Cycle
.....238  
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This newsman covered life from top to bottom; but he ended up, safely enough, in the middle.
  The News Hawk
.....251  
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She tells how A.A. works when the going is rough. A pioneer women member of A.A.'s first group.
  From Farm To City
.....261  
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He spent eighteen years in running away; and then found he didn't have to run. So he started A.A. in Detroit.
  The Man Who Mastered Fear
.....275  
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But he found that there was a Higher Power which had more faith in him than he had in him self. Thus, A.A. was born in Chicago.
  He Sold Himself Short
.....287  
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An originator of Cleveland's Group No. 3, this one fought Prohibition in vain.
  Home Brewmeister
.....297  
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This worldly lady helped to develop A.A. in Chicago and thus passed her keys to many.
  The Keys Of The Kingdom
.....304  
   
  
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This man faced the last ditch when his wife's voice from 1300 miles away sent him to A.A.
  Rum, Radio And Rebellion
.....317  
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This lady was cautious. She decided she wouldn't let herself go in her drinking. And she would never, never take that morning drink!
  Fear Of Fear
.....330  
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Says he, 'We A.A.'s surrender to win; we give away to keep; we suffer to get well, and we die to live'
  The Professor And The Paradox
.....336  
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Somewhat faded, she nevertheless bloomed afresh. She still had her husband, her home and a chance to help start A.A. in Texas.
  A Flower Of The South
.....343  
There is no further information -author unknown.
A young veteran tells how a few rough experiences pushed him into A.A.—and how he was there-fore spared years of suffering.
  Unto The Second Generation
.....355  
There is no further information -author unknown.
It was the only part of him that was soluble in alcohol.
  His Conscience
.....365  
There is no further information -author unknown.
She hid her bottles in clothes hampers and dresser drawers. In A.A., she discovered she had lost nothing and had found everything.
  The Housewife Who Drank At Home
.....375  
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Alcohol was a looming cloud in this banker's bright sky. With rare foresight he realized it could become a tornado.
  It Might Have Been Worse
.....382  
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Psychiatrist and surgeon, he had lost his way until he realized that God, not he, was the Great Healer.
  Physician Heal Thyself!
.....393  
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A titled lady, she still saw her world darkening. When the overcast lifted, the stars were there.
  Stars Don't Fall
.....401  
There is no further information -author unknown.
Barleycorn's wringer squeezed this author—but he escaped quite whole.
  Me, An Alcoholic?
.....419  
There is no further information about Fred.
His conscience hurt him as much as his drinking. But that was years ago.
  New Vision For A Sculptor
.....426  
   
  
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These were only beginning when he hit Bellevue for the thirty-fifth time. He still had the state hospital ahead of him; and even after A.A., a heart- breaking test of his new-found faith.
  Joe's Woes
.....445  
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Pioneer A.A., minister's son, and Southern farmer, he asked, 'Who am I to say there is no God?'
  Our Southern Friend
.....460  
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This physician, the originator of A.A.'s first colored group, but badly caught in the toils, tells of his release and of how freedom came as he worked among his own people.
  Jim's Story
.....471  
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This career girl preferred solitary drinking, the blackout kind, often hoping she'd stay that way for keeps. But Providence had other ideas.
  Promoted To Chronic
.....485  
There is no further information -author unknown.
After twenty years in prison for murder, he knew A.A. was the spot for him . . . if he wanted to stay on the outside.
  The Prisoner Freed
.....495  
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That's what the man said as he hocked his shoes for the price of two bottles of Sneaky Pete. He drank bayxo, canned heat, and shoe polish. He did a phony routine in A.A. for a while. And then he got hold of the real thing.
  There's Nothing The Matter With Me!
.....499  
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He was drinking to hold on to his job, to hold on to his wife, to hold on to his sanity. Finally he was drinking to keep away those little men, and those strange voices, and the organ music that came out of the walls.
  Desperation Drinking
.....509  
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For thirty-five years she fought God, man, and the police force to keep on being what she wanted to be—a drunk. But a telephone call from a gin mill where she was celebrating Mother's Day brought in the nosey A-A.'s to change her life.
  Annie The Cop Fighter
.....514  
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A British officer, this Irishman—that is, until brandy 'retired' him. But this proved only a temporary set-back. He survived to become a main-stay of A.A. in Eire.
  The Career Officer
.....523  
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The lady was blonde, self-supporting and self-suffcient. Then she began slumming doors, kicking shins, and waking up in psychopathic wards. At last the day came when all this changed.
  The Independent Blonde
.....532  
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An ambitious playwright, his brains got so far ahead of his emotions that he collapsed into suicidal drinking. To learn to live, he nearly died.
  He Who Loses His Life
.....540  
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Young when she joined, this A.A. believes her serious drinking was the result of even deeper defects. She here tells how she was set free.
  Freedom From Bondage
.....553  
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Second Edition
Big Book
cofounders of Alcoholics Anoonymous, William Griffith Wilson (Bill W) and Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith, M.D. (Dr. Bob); 1st AA meeting ever, June 10th, 1935.
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