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My Name Is Bill: Bill Wilson--His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous
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There is little question that Bill Wilson was one of the most influential and quixotic figures of the past hundred years. In fact, Aldous Huxley regarded him "as the greatest social architect of the twentieth century" (Hartigan, 4). The significance of Cheever's particular contribution to the growing literature surrounding Wilson and the movement he spawned lies principally in her facility as an accomplished writer to provide a narrative context as well as fresh insight into and new understanding of this fascinating man. Unlike most of Wilson's previous biographers, she brings to life with exceptional skill those scenes from his life that are unusually compelling. At times it is indeed like reading a good novel.Read more ›
I think Susan Cheever did a great service to Bill and all the people who have benefitted from his work by showing that he was a man, not a saint, not the devil, a man who did great things. The book shows also that Bill knew that AA should not rely on the leadership of one or a few flawed people, and that it should be led by a group conscience. I suspect Bill knew he had serious problems (the biggest being depression, the root of all the others)and that a larger group, a democracy, should carry the fellowship in to the future.
Great writing, great research, great story. Thanks Susan Cheever.
The accuracy of particular details was not a huge concern for me, though I can understand it being so for people for whom Bill W. is a spiritual founder, and for whom AA literature is something of a spiritual canon. They have a certain right to be possessive of him, and perhaps an obligation to be vigilant about details, motives, and traditions. I just wanted to know Bill was from Vermont, not New York, as many people tend to believe or assume. I wanted to imagine some of his childhood, some of his family, and some of his surroundings. I did that with the help of Cheever, and in this way the details were more of a vehicle than an end unto themselves.
The book was a two-fold experience: first, and not unimportantly, it was a People-magazine-like-delight of finding out this or that about this person or that. For instance, learning that Bill tinkered with engines as a youth, or why and when he and Lois lived in that clubhouse. Secondly, while the book was not life-changing, it did leave me with images, and deepened understandings that will linger in my mind provocatively. One example is how his grandfather had a mountain-top spiritual awakening that resulted in subsequent life-long abstinence from alcohol. Another is how for much of his life Bill was not able to attend an AA meeting simply as person who needed to be there. The first I did not know about prior to reading this book, while the second I did. But in both cases the book contributed something substantive to my way of thinking and feeling about the topic of Bill Wilson.
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What an excellent and compelling biography of one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you love AA history, this book is a must. Tells some of his activities that are sanitized from approved literature.Published 9 months ago by Julie Yoast
This book is an absolute must-read for anyone in recovery. It helped me feel more connected to the past, and to better understand why I do what I do to stay sober and clean.Published 10 months ago by Benjamin Munson