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The Wartime Big Book Edition Debacle – 7th & 8th Printings

During World War II, The United States Government placed regulations on book printings. These regulations were put in place to conserve paper by limiting...

Dr. Bob: A Tribute from Bill in the January 1951 AA Grapevine

This piece written by AA cofounder Bill Wilson can be found in the January 1951 AA Grapevine. This tribute was written and published just...

Ed Webster Books

Ed Webster, well known as the author of The Little Red Book: An Interpretation Of The Twelve Steps of the Alcoholics Anonymous Program, got...

Kings School Group in Akron, OH Started – January 1940

Kings School Group - Akron, OH After Bill and Dr. Bob met in Akron, Bill remained on and they began to carry their message of...

I Stand by the Door – Samuel M. Shoemaker

I stand by the door. I neither go to far in, nor stay to far out. The door is the most important door in the world...

Christmas Greetings from Lois and Bill

Merry Christmas! It became tradition over the years that Bill and Lois would share a "Christmas Message" dedicated to their friends in Alcoholics Anonymous. These...

The Very First AA Pamphlet from April 1940 – Larry Jewell Houston Press Articles

This is the First AA Pamphlet that was published by The Alcoholic Foundation in April 1940. The only other publication of literature released by...

Let’s Not Forget the Non-Alcoholics: Anne Smith

When thinking about or studying A.A. history we must look at the work of Anne Smith. She was a tireless worker and helped Dr....

If There is a God, Will He Show Himself? – Bill W. Recounts his Spiritual Experience

Throughout Bill Wilson's life, he must have told the story of AA’s early days and his own personal story hundreds of times. His description...

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