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Margaret Marty Mann is the First Lady Of Alcoholics Anonymous. Listen to this incredible woman - who crusaded to teach all of America, men and women, that alcoholism is a treatable disease. Her life, which spanned most of the 20th century, encompasses despair, hope, and redemption through crusading to battle the pernicious evils of alcoholism, and - perhaps just as bad - ignorance about the nature of alcoholism.

In Marty's own words, People who dislike the terms 'alcoholic' and 'alcoholism' should consider the alternative of not knowing what was the matter with them and could believe only that they were hopelessly insane.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alvin | 2/16/2014

    " I am constantly reading this book, I find something new every day I open it. I start every morning on page 76 paragraph 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil Mudde | 2/16/2014

    " O yes I know much of it by heart extremely helpful, it is clear that no matter what, is it up to the individual to grab the bull by the horns and work the AA program, "half measures availed us nothing" enough said! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Parsons | 2/10/2014

    " This book has changed my life for the better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Mccurdy | 2/9/2014

    " I have been reading from this book for 25 years and still Love it!!! I am currently reading from my 1st Edition of the Big Book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 2/8/2014

    " What can I say? This book not only has the most tried-and-true methods for living a sober lifestyle after years of alcoholism, it's written in the 1930s prose style of which I am so fond. The use of exclamation points and colloquial terms such as "spree" give it a flavor that would allow this book to stand on its own even if it wasn't such a powerful guide. Bill Wilson penned a good deal of the second part of the first hundred forty-odd pages, and damn... the dude could really write. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 julie lovely | 1/26/2014

    " great book! changed my life :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meen | 1/21/2014

    " I really struggled with how to rate the "Big Book." I've been sober for over 9 years now, and I stopped being a semi-regular AA probably 5 years ago. (And I was NEVER an "AA Nazi" at all. I never officially did all the Steps, and I'm pretty sure I've never even read the ENTIRE Big Book.) BUT, after I had been sober for 9 months on my own and went to my first meeting out of just a desperation to be around SOMEONE who might understand all the emotions I was going through, it meant so much to be able to share my sobriety and my struggles with other sober and struggling people. Having the Big Book and the "12 & 12" to pore over AT THAT TIME absolutely made a difference, and I will always treasure AA. However, I never could get totally comfortable with the god part of the program even then, and I have grown TOTALLY beyond all of that now. In fact, I know now that AA is no better at getting and keeping people sober than just quitting cold-turkey or any other recovery program. So, with my rating I tried to balance the importance of AA in my early recovery with the criticism of it that I eventually developed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer F. | 1/18/2014

    " One of the outstanding books ever written. It gives hope and shares true principles that can change lives. A great book for everyone and anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 12/17/2013

    " My bible, my design for living, my solution... my favorite book of all time.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nickie | 12/6/2013

    " This is very interesting and it's amazing that I can take my addiction and replace the word alcohol with food and all the feelings being described fit me. It is also helping to soften my heart towards mankind and the sicknesses we carry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gen | 11/20/2013

    " I finally got with the program. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jeremy | 11/17/2013

    " A great book for anyone who breathes and has fallen short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 10/31/2013

    " Most "normal" drinkers don't wonder if they are alcoholic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 10/27/2013

    " I am a recovering alcoholic and continue to read the 'big book' for inspiration and hope. It's an amazing story of personal triumph and struggle which continues to give alcoholics the world over their much sought-after peace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Jourdan | 9/10/2013

    " This book and program saved my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jemmina Hemming | 8/21/2013

    " The vest book ever - shame it can't be incorporated into high schools "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 7/12/2013

    " Classic. This is appropriate for anyone who wants to deepen their dependence on God and others in order to root out negative thinking patterns and behaviors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 7/5/2013

    " I don't think I have the words to explain what I have learned from this book. Alcoholism is a "cunning, baffling and powerful" disease. This book helps to illustrate the path that alcoholism can take you down as well as outline the 12 steps of recovery to take you back to living an actual life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heath Duncan | 6/17/2013

    " A life saver. Filled with simple wisdom & truth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 6/1/2013

    " Directions on living a happy and useful life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mattmascaro | 12/4/2012

    " Boring mostly, but amazing at times. Gets the job done when I get the itch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey Knoettgen | 11/30/2012

    " One of the originally-proposed titles for this book: "The Way Out" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Watson | 11/4/2012

    " How to handle sobriety without drinking,,,, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Unc | 10/5/2012

    " Saved my life, rather it is the 1st thru the 4th edition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Franzen | 9/19/2012

    " Even programs that are critical of the AA program must admit that this little book was the spring board for every modern form of addiction treatment. Before it's publication even Freud and Yung believed alcohism and addiction to be practically untreatable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 9/17/2012

    " Definitely going to buy a hard copy so I can dog-ear and highlight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 8/2/2012

    " Various editions of the Big Book have been published. The first 164 pages remain word-for-word the same as in the first 1939 edition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena Mooney Graham | 7/19/2012

    " Are you a big fat stinking drunk? Then this book is for you. "

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