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Bill W. and Mr. Wilson: The Legend and Life of A.A.'s Co-founder - 2000

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Bill W. and Mr. Wilson: The Legend and Life of A.A.'s Co-founder

William Griffith Wilson, recently cited by 
Time magazine as one of the hundred most influential individuals of the twentieth century, is better known to many as Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. In Bill W. and Mr. Wilson, Matthew J. Raphael, himself a member of A.A. (and writing here under a pseudonym, in accord with AA's tradition of anonymity), presents a revealing new look at both the legendary Bill W. and the private Mr. Wilson, who tried to live apart from his own celebrity.

In quest of a more historically accurate and complete account, Raphael separates fact from fiction in the standard biographies of Wilson and finds reason to doubt the literal truth of some foundational AA stories. He also provides a context for Wilson's (and thus AA's) key ideas in the work of William James, Carl Jung, and other modern thinkers. What emerges is an unvarnished portrait of a charismatic man and social visionary, whose true greatness is all the more apparent in view of his human imperfections.

This book is a possible first printing from 2000.

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