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By Matthew J. Raphael

William Griffith Wilson, pointed out through "Time" journal as one of many hundred so much influential members of the 20th century, is best referred to as invoice W., cofounder of Alcoholics nameless. during this e-book, Matthew J. Raphael, himself a member of A.A. (and writing the following less than a pseudonym, in keeping with A.A.'s culture of anonymity), offers a revealing new examine either the mythical invoice W. and the non-public Mr. Wilson, who attempted to stay except his personal megastar.

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A. A. meetings. 's cofounder. A dearth of information about a subject's childhood, or any other period, leads to gaps in the life-historical record, gaps that trouble the scrupulous researcher. "It is gaps that tempt the fledgling biographer to speculate, the 'artistic' biographer to invent, the scholarly biographer to give a lecture on history," cautions Paul Murray Kendall. "2 A biographer is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't, Kendall implies. He has no choice but to fill the gaps, as artfully and truthfully as possible; but the tricks of the biographical trade, even in pursuit of veracity, introduce falsity as well.

There are significant numbers not only of bikers, but also of African Americans, of Spanish-speaking citizens (who hold their own meetings here), and of non-Americans. Page 7 Racial tension seems to have been suspended for the occasion, even when an Asian man on the tour bus ineptly jokes to two black men, as they head toward the only remaining seats in the rear, about their sitting in the back of the bus. "That's over," one of them firmly but peaceably retorts, as he nevertheless takes the last spot.

Recalls her 1966 meeting with the charismatic leader. Temporarily tending bar at a golf club in Montreal, she observed the arrival of a tall dark stranger, the letters on whose New York license plates disclosed his origins in suburban Westchester. The young woman, martini in hand, offered the guest a drink. "I haven't had a drink since 1934," says he. '' says she. A. anniversary in Smith's hometown is an indication of how fully Dr. A. circles. , Bill captured her loyal devotion for life. Later, in sobriety, she often consulted the (co)founder for advice about her work in alcoholism treatment.

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