Permission granted by the author, Mitchell K. and The AA BBSG, who published the book, to make it available here on

How It Worked

By Mitchell K. © 1991, 1997, ISBN 0-9663282-0-5
First published in 1999 by AA Big Book Study Group.

| print this

We do not rely on sales, but on voluntary contributions to enforce AA's 7th tradition.
Write to: BBSG, P.O. Box 31, Washingtonville, NY 10992-0031, USA


Chapter 1: I was born at a very early age
Chapter 2: What We Used To Be Like
Chapter 3: What Happened

Chapter 4: The Book
Chapter 5: How It Worked
Chapter 6: Growth and Movement
Chapter 7: Decentralization - Promises and Reality
Chapter 8: The Orthodox Movement - Back to Basics
Chapter 9: A Prophet in His Own Town, Clarence's Life After the 60's...
Chapter 10: Clarence Goes Home...

Prologue: What It Is Like Now
Author's Addendum

12th Anniversary Pamphlet - Cleveland, Ohio, 1947
Program for the first International Conference 1950

How It Worked: Entire book in pdf format for easy printing.


      The Publication of this volume does not imply, nor does it suggest any affiliation with, nor approval of or endorsement from, ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC. Alcoholics Anonymous is a registered trademark of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. and the Twelve Steps are copyrighted and used with permission. All quotes from the book Alcoholics Anonymous are from the first and second edition which are in the public domain.

      This writing of this book was at the direct request of, and authorized by, Clarence H. Snyder. The author was sponsored by Clarence and is himself a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. In deference to A.A.'s Tradition of Anonymity, members of Alcoholics Anonymous are identified only with their first name and last initial. Any members of Alcoholics Anonymous who are identified with their full names have given permission to be identified as such.

      This is the only biography of Clarence H. Snyder authorized by him. Any other biography relating to Clarence H. Snyder has no affiliation with this authorized and commissioned version. Permission to utilize materials entrusted to this author by Clarence H. Snyder, including archival documents from Cleveland, Ohio A.A., recorded interviews and other related materials has not been given, either expressed nor implied, to any other author publishing a biography of Clarence H. Snyder.

      Permission to quote brief passages from this book for review purposes or historical research is granted as long as the source is acknowledged. The contents of this book may not be copied, transmitted or otherwise quoted by any means other than as stated above without the expressed written permission of the author.

      No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the publisher of this book.
Home   Clarence Chapter 1   Clarence Chapter 2   Clarence Chapter 3    Clarence Chapter 4   Clarence Chapter 5    Clarence Chapter 6   Clarence Chapter 7   Clarence Chapter 8   Clarence Chapter 9    Clarence Chapter 10   Clarence Appendix   12th AA Anniversary    AA Conference 1950