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AA History Lovers Charlie Bishop Jr.'s Spirit is still great!
So with the holiday's at the end of 2013 to the beginning holidays of 2014 passing, Charlie wants to "thank you" with really BIG discounts on his Web site. Clicking on the link above takes you to a brief "About" page of Charlie, The Bishop of Books. From there, you will go directly to Charlie Bishop Jr.'s Web site where he has a great deal of material that may interest you.

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Treatment Facility Locator and listing of Global AA Central Offices, Intergroups & answering services for the US and Canada & International General Service Offices & AA Intergroup telephone numbers around the world.

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AA History Lovers is the best place to go on the World Wide Web to learn about Alcoholics Anonymous history. There is much to explore there and you can find answers to your many questions as well as learn as much as possible about Alcoholics Anonymous history and related information. Glenn C. has copied all the messages from 2002 to 2012. Right now on they are in the format of PDF files, Microsoft Word files, Text files and MDB (Microsoft Data Base files). So far there are 1 thru 8,956 messages (Posts) and more to come, I'm sure. Glenn C., retired professor of Indiana University, is the Moderator of AAHistoryLovers and has done an excellent job with AAHistoryLovers. Use your search feature in any of the above formats to find the information you seek.

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Do you have a story to share with others in the hopes it may help others? This is the place to share your Experience, Strength, and Hope. This page has been created so that you and others can reach out to the still suffering Alcoholic and to strengthen those who are sober. So, send your story in with your sobriety date for consideration to have your story published on

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Various prayers related to the program: Found in or inspired by our A.A. literature. Links include the 9th Step Promises, 'St. Francis of Assisi prayer', 'I Stand at the Door' & 'Desiderata'.

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An in depth look at the writings, articles, letters and documents of Dr. William D. Silkworth, M.D. also known as Silky, from which this site gets its name.

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Video's include the movie, "My Name is Bill W.", the Serenity Prayer (4 of them), Bill telling the story of Alcoholics Anonymous and its beginnings, his story, and talks on some of the 12 Traditions and a poem of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Articles written by Mitchell K. Read his book online titled, "The Story of Clarence H. Snyder and The Early Days of Alcoholics Anonymous in Cleveland, Ohio". With Mitchell's permission, his website that went offline some years back has been preserved here, on His website is one of the first I visited about A.A.'s history - thus began my interest in A.A.'s history.

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For those of you who don't know him, Mel B. got sober in Alcoholics Anonymous in 1950 during the early days of the fellowship, in his hometown, Norfolk, Nebraska. He writes anonymously on subjects related to alcoholism and was the principal author of Pass It On, AA's authorized biography of co-founder Bill Wilson. He has also contributed more than fifty articles to The Grapevine, the international journal of Alcoholics Anonymous. He has been an active member of A.A. for more than fifty years. He is regarded as one of the top historians writing about Alcoholics Anonymous.

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In 1986, Dick was felled by alcoholism, gave up his law practice, and began recovery as a member of the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 1990, his interest in A.A.'s Biblical/Christian roots was sparked by his attendance at A.A.'s International Convention in Seattle. Since then, he has traveled widely; researched at archives, and at public and seminary libraries; interviewed scholars, historians, clergy, A.A. "old_timers" and survivors; and participated in conferences, programs, panels, and seminars on early A.A.'s spiritual history. He is regarded as one of the top historians writing about Alcoholics Anonymous and it's Biblical roots.

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This investigative essay discusses in depth Alcoholics Anonymous World Services’ legal and corporate actions over the years involving copyrights of the book Alcoholics Anonymous and other matters; removal of AA literature items from eBay auctions; lawsuits by A.A.W.S. to “protect” A.A.’s identity and intellectual property and its copyrights and trademarks;... Read more...
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Historical writings, documents, letters, events, people, places and references through-out the history of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Also, view the research on, "The Survival of a Fitting Quotation" -By Michael StGeorge (the Herbert Spencer quote).

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Did you know, before the Big Book was published, the early members of AA studied the Bible? In fact, one of the possible names for AA then was, "The James Club" after the Book of James from the Bible... Experience the history...Lest we forget!

dot.jpg Locate Passages in the Big Book and the 12&12 (Alcoholics Anonymous and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions) easily and with complete accuracy! This is an excellent resource for all occasions - highly recommended!
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This Electronic Version is an index to every significant word in the Book titled, "Alcoholics Anonymous", 3rd edition, 1976, with all page numbers where words are used. No portion of this online version may be reproduced without the permission of its author.

dot.jpg Printed Book Reviews of The First Printing of The Big Book
Thanks to Jim B. of Canada who put together this presentation of articles. Jim originally had these articles on the web site of which is no longer online and placed here for historical & research purposes.

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Here on, you have the opportunity to read what the early AA members read. This is an ongoing project and books are added as they are located/completed.

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Read & research over 150 Magazine and Newspaper Articles in regards to Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Read & research over 100 Religious Serials and Series Articles in regards to Alcoholics Anonymous.
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Read & research 67 Articles from the Sociology community in regards to Alcoholics Anonymous - all are pdf files.
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Thanks to Jim B. of Canada who put together this presentation of text and articles on the Washingtonian Temperance Society. Jim originally had these articles on the web site of which is no longer online and placed here for historical & research purposes.

dot.jpg The Emmanuel Movement
Thanks to Jim B. of Canada who put together this presentation of articles. Jim originally had these articles on the web site of which is no longer online and placed here for historical & research purposes.

dot.jpg Biographies of AA Members, who they are and a brief biography.
This page is for AA members who has written biographies of AA members or who would like to write a biography to post on this page. It doesn't matter who the AA member was - it could have been an early AA member or your biography. This page was created for you and your biographies.

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The person behind the stories -who they are and a brief biography. Thanks to Nancy O. of the AA History Lovers Yahoo email group.

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"Project pdf " -A Thousand+ articles in pdf format. All files are protected. Saving of files for personal use only are permitted. Altering of files are not permitted. Visually impaired accessibility is enabled.

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"Growth of AA" -This is an attempt to carry the message and bring all the World's localized AA histories together in one place. Your participation is welcomed! Email your local AA histories & updates.

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Downloadable recovery programs for personal use, including: The Big Book, 4th Step Guide & more, for Windows, Mac & Palm Pilot.-Joe and Charlie Big Book study -Recorded in 1998.

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Have you been looking for a 1st or 2nd edition Big Book, or other AA related books & literature?

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Links include World Service Offices of Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, Adult Children Of Alcoholics, The A.A. Grapevine, as well as many great recovery related web sites from historical, official, to personal web sites.

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Mission Statement: In accordance with Concept XII: Warranty V Essay comment from The AA Service Manual (© 2002 AAWS Inc.):
"In the long run, though, we shall have to rely mainly upon the pressures of A.A. opinion and public opinion. And to this end we shall need to maintain a continuous education of public communications channels of all kinds concerning the nature and purpose of our Traditions. Whenever and however we can, we shall need to inform the general public also; especially upon misuses of the name Alcoholics Anonymous. This combination of counter forces can be very discouraging to violators or would-be violators. Under these conditions they soon find their deviations to be unprofitable and unwise. Our experience has shown that continuous and general education respecting our Traditions will be a reliable preventive and protection in the years to come."

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