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The fourth edition includes twenty-four new stories that provide contemporary sharing for newcomers seeking recovery from alcoholism in A.A. during the early years of the 21st century. Sixteen stories are retained from the third edition, including the "Pioneers of A.A." section, which helps the reader remain linked to A.A.'s historic roots, and shows how early members applied this simple but profound program that helps alcoholics get sober today. Approximately 21 million copies of the first three editions of ...
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The fourth edition includes twenty-four new stories that provide contemporary sharing for newcomers seeking recovery from alcoholism in A.A. during the early years of the 21st century. Sixteen stories are retained from the third edition, including the "Pioneers of A.A." section, which helps the reader remain linked to A.A.'s historic roots, and shows how early members applied this simple but profound program that helps alcoholics get sober today. Approximately 21 million copies of the first three editions of "Alcoholics Anonymous" have been distributed. It is expected that the new fourth edition will play its part in passing on A.A.'s basic message of recovery. This fourth edition has been approved by the General Service Conference of Alcoholics Anonymous, in the hope that many more may be led toward recovery by reading its explanation of the A.A. program and its varied examples of personal experiences which demonstrate that the A.A. program works.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893007178
  • Publisher: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 24,875
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 4.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Preface

This is the fourth edition of the book Alcoholics Anonymous. The first edition appeared in April 1939, and in the following sixteen years, more than 300,000 copies went into circulation. The second edition, published in 1955, reached a total of more than 1,150,500 copies. The third edition, which came off press in 1976, achieved a circulation of approximately 19,550,000 in all formats.

Because this book has become the basic text for our Society and has helped such large numbers of alcoholic men and women to recovery, there exists strong sentiment against any radical changes being made in it. Therefore, the first portion of this volume, describing the A.A. recovery program, has been left untouched in the course of revisions made for the second, third, and fourth editions. The section called "The Doctor’s Opinion" has been kept intact, just as it was originally written in 1939 by the late Dr. William D. Silkworth, our Society’s great medical benefactor.

The second edition added the appendices, the Twelve Traditions, and the directions for getting in touch with A.A. But the chief change was in the section of personal stories, which was expanded to reflect the Fellowship’s growth. "Bill’s Story," "Doctor Bob’s Nightmare," and one other personal history from the first edition were retained intact; three were edited and one of these was retitled; new versions of two stories were written, with new titles; thirty completely new stories were added; and the story section was divided into three parts, under the same headings that are used now.

In the third edition, Part I ("Pioneers of A.A.") was left unchanged. Nine of the stories in Part II ("They Stopped in Time") were carried over from the second edition; eight new stories were added. In Part III ("They Lost Nearly All"), eight stories were retained; five new ones were added.

This fourth edition includes the Twelve Concepts for World Service and revises the three sections of personal stories as follows. One new story has been added to Part I, and two that originally appeared in Part III have been repositioned there; six stories have been deleted. Six of the stories in Part II have been carried over, eleven new ones have been added, and eleven taken out. Part III now includes twelve new stories; eight were removed (in addition to the two that were transferred to Part I).

All changes made over the years in the Big Book (A.A. members' fond nickname for this volume) have had the same purpose: to represent the current membership of Alcoholics Anonymous more accurately, and thereby to reach more alcoholics. If you have a drinking problem, we hope that you may pause in reading one of the forty-two personal stories and think: "Yes, that happened to me"; or, more important, "Yes, I’ve felt like that"; or, most important, "Yes, I believe this program can work for me too."

© Copyright 2004 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

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    A life changer

    Within a few minutes of reading this book, I knew that I was an alcoholic. I can relate to most of the personnel in this book. It is never to late to stop drinking. I recommend this great piece of literature to anyone serious about giving up alcohol.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    Read it

    Very simple, read it. If you have a problem with alcohol, there is no better book. Read the book, follow the suggestions. It will help and life will get better. I cannot believe it was written so long ago and still has legs to it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    A must have! This book is a must have for anyone hoping to recov

    A must have! This book is a must have for anyone hoping to recover from Alcoholism. This book, along with the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, has made my life peaceful and free of anxiety...finally. Get this book..but most importantly... get a sponsor and start working the steps.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2010

    Alcoholics Anonymous the big bood

    This was for my work which is runnning an aftercare recovery support group of adults who are in recovery from their alcoholism or drug addiction. All were excited to be given the soft cover book which is easy to carry with them or place in the home for easy access. Service was excellent at the store where I ordered them and the delivery was outstanding. Thanks.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    4th edition

    Where is 4th edition thanks

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Alcoholics Anonymous was an inspiring piece of literature. The m

    Alcoholics Anonymous was an inspiring piece of literature. The main point of this book is to help people who are addicted to alcohol and give them something to reference and help them through the process of withdrawal. What I liked about this book was that it was a self help book technically, but it didn’t scream self help. The book was more about the author’s point of view and their stories, rather than them just saying “You can get through it, I know you can!” The book did say that, but it said it as an underlying message, rather than out loud in the text. The reason I liked that the book didn’t perceive itself as a Self Help book is because I read it to hear the stories of what the authors went through rather than hearing a motivational speech throughout the whole book.
    Honestly, I think that anyone would find this book a good read, I don’t think only specific people should read it, because people can learn so much from it, even if you’re not an alcoholic. I personally am not an alcoholic, I don’t even drink, I am a high school student that read this book for a project, and I learned so much from it. It was a great read.
    I don’t really have any dislikes of this book, I mean, I didn’t really enjoy how long it was, but I understood why it was so long and why they had to give the amount of detail that they gave. That’s really my only dislike though. I think that more people should read this book and experience what it has to offer. I definitely give it a 5 out of 5 stars.


    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    A LIFE CHANGER,INDEED! This is "the bible" for people

    A LIFE CHANGER,INDEED! This is "the bible" for people who want to achieve and maintain sobriety. It has worked for millions over its decades in readers hands. It is also the framework upon which almost, if not all other 12 Step Addiction Recovery Programs
    are built upon. Such as Narcotics Anonymous,etc. Any AA member, past or present; would attest to its amazingly powerful content and message.

    Please note: (and main reason for posting my review): The Big Book available here is the 4th edition. Earlier editions carry the same message about the AA program;and later editions do not contradict or challenge any of content of those editions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Where is the fourth edition?

    This book cant even be used in meetings because it isnt the current editiin the personal stories were updated

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life! I tried all kinds of methods

    Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life! I tried all kinds of methods to stop drinking on my own including several trips to treatment facilities. Nothing worked until I decided to get completely honest within my heart and conceded to my innermost self I am an alcoholic. At that point alcohol had beat me into a state of reasonableness and I become willing, open minded and completely honest within myself. That was all it took for me to successfully work through the 12 steps of the AA program of action as outlined in this book. The gift this book and program has given me is far beyond anything I could have imagined. I now have a design for living life on life's terms like nothing I have experienced before in my life. I learned that alcohol was not my only problem, yes I had become physically addicted, however I used alcohol as my solution to all my problems. I was in a verbally and mentally abusive marriage and didn't know how to get out so turned to alcohol to numb the pain. As a result, over time I crossed the line into full blown addiction and had to accept that I am an alcoholic and can no longer safely use alcohol ever again. This book taught me about the disease concept of alcoholism and how to overcome it through the 12 steps and I refer to this book on a regular basis as when I faced with a difficult situation I can always find an answer on what I should do to help me resolve my problem. For anyone who seriously thinks they might be an alcoholic I highly recommend this book and going to AA meetings, getting a sponsor who will take you through this book the way they had been taught so you may be able to receive the amazing gift of recovery!. I will note that AA is not the only way to recover from alcoholism but I can attest from my own personal experience it worked for me. And the text of this book (the first 164 pages) hasn't changed, not one word since it went to print back around 1935. This book has helped millions recover from alcoholism for the past 75 years and it is an option to consider for yourself if you seriously believe you have a problem and need help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    This is NOT the fourth edition! The stories do not match up with

    This is NOT the fourth edition! The stories do not match up with my hard copy. This is a Special Edition and I now will have to find the right 4th edition and pay for it again. I am disappointed about being misled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    A new life

    This book and its contents saved my life. Without it, I could not have discovered my way out from under the lash of alcoholism and all its ramifications. My life is forever changed. For that, I am eternally grateful to the men and women who contributed so freely their experience, strength, and hope that I might live.
    Love and Peace to all who journey here. May you find happiness, joy, and freedom.
    Blessed in Recovery,
    Susan T.
    Boynton Beach, Fl. USA

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    Posted December 2, 2013

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