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Literature

Alcoholics Anonymous

The Big Book

Alcoholics Anonymous (generally known as The Big Book because of the thickness of the paper used in the first edition) is a 1939 basic text, describing how to recover from alcoholism, primarily written by William G. “Bill W.” Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It is the originator of the seminal “twelve-step method” widely used to treat many alcoholism, and later applied to many other addictions, with a strong spiritual and social emphasis.

It is one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold 30 million copies. In 2011, Time magazine placed the book on its list of the 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923, the year in which the magazine was first published. In 2012, the Library of Congress designated it as one of 88 “Books that Shaped America.”