Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers: The definitive biography of A.A.’s Midwestern co-founder

· A. A. World Services, Inc.
6 reviews

About this ebook

Alcoholics Anonymous, by its very nature, could not have been founded by one person: its essence is sharing. Bill W. and Dr. Bob are always referred to within A.A. as “co-founders.” Having died in 1950, when A.A. was only 15 years old, the Ohio surgeon may be less well-known than the New York stockbroker, his influence on the whole A.A. program is permanent and profound.
Filled with interviews with friends and family, this deeply researched biography follows A.A. co-founder Dr. Bob S. from his New England childhood to his days as a surgeon and father who couldn't stop drinking; to his transformative meeting with Bill W. and the birth of A.A. in Akron; and finally to his untimely death in 1950. Inextricably entwined with Bob’s life, the early history of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Midwest is chronicled along the way. With 26 archival photographs. General Service Conference-approved.
For A.A. history buffs as well as members curious to know more about the quieter co-founder, Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers offers an inside glimpse into the inspiring life of this complex, compelling character. With 39 archival photographs. Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers has been approved by the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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6 reviews
Sandy Atkins
February 11, 2023
I realized after 31 years of sobriety, that how we stay sober is not so much the importance as it is to carry on in love and service. For it isn't the quantity of sobriety, but the quality of sobriety we give to the newcomers. I recommend everyone who is in Alcoholics Anonymous read this and carry this message to the still practicing alcoholic as did Dr. Bob.
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James “Jim” Sherman
February 23, 2023
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Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (A.A.W.S.) is the corporate publishing arm of Alcoholics Anonymous, a worldwide fellowship that today numbers over two million individuals recovering from alcoholism. Best known as the publisher of the "Big Book," A.A.W.S.’s mission is to carry the message of recovery from alcoholism through print, ebooks, audio books, video, PSAs and more.

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