“Minneapolis record indicates that 75% are successful in A.A.” - The A.A. Grapevine, August 1946
In 1942, Ed W. began teaching the “Twelve Step Study” classes that helped the Minneapolis Group achieve their 75% recovery rate. Then in 1946, he and Barry C. (The first sober A.A. in the state) published the lectures used for these classes as a book. Initially titled The Twelve Steps, it was affectionately nicknamed “the little red book.”
Back in print for the first time in more than 65 years, the original 1946 edition reveals firsthand how some of A.A.’s earliest members made the program their way of life. Everyone from newcomers to oldtimers will find a wealth of practical experience in this comprehensive guide to the Twelve Steps.
Praise for the 1946 edition of The Little Red Book:
“I have enjoyed your little book very much & know that it will prove to be of a lot of help to many.”
- Dr. Bob, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
From a letter to Ed W., dated December 29th, 1946
“Everybody who has read it seems to like it very much – which of course was to be expected!”
- Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
From a letter to Ed W., dated November 14th, 1946
The Little Red Book: The Original 1946 Edition is sold at cost, to carry the message to alcoholics. The publisher makes no money from the sale of this book.
In order to facilitate study by the broadest possible audience, pagination has been altered to correspond to the fourth edition of Alcoholics Anonymous. No other changes have been made to the original text.