By Mel B.
On a chilly evening in February 1951, Mel B. set out from Pontiac, Michigan, to listen to a conversation through invoice W., cofounder of Alcoholics nameless. Like many that had chanced on energy and sobriety an A.A., Mel felt an excellent debt of gratitude to invoice W., in addition to a deep interest concerning the kind of guy who had helped lead to one of these monstrous own and social circulate.
After approximately fifty years, within which time Life magazine named invoice W. one of many century's most vital american citizens. Mel B.'s look for invoice W. culminates during this ebook: a desirable, intensive examine who invoice W. rather was once and the way, from his personal painful prior and a powerful bent for anonymity, he emerged as a strong presence at the American scene. through the years, via interviews with invoice W. and with invoice W.'s associates, colleagues, and kin, Mel B. came across not only one invoice W., yet seven: the power-driving achiever, the fixer, the individualist, the entrepreneur, the communicator, the peacemaker, and the founder/statesman. All of those elements of invoice W. come jointly during this portrait of a notable guy, that's additionally the tale of his profound impact on not just the writer but additionally numerous others stuck up within the look for a greater life.
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They referred to him as AA's "charismatic leader" and wrote: The building blocks that Bill W. * *Jack H. Mendelson and Nancy K. Mello, Alcohol: Use and Abuse in America (Boston: Little Brown, 1985), 338. Page 4 Charismatic may be too strong, though there was something about Bill that drew people to him. He was always a person who would be noticed in any gathering, and people found him attractive and engaging. His physical height also made him stand out: At about six feet three inches, he towered over most groups.
A Born Fixer 47 6. An Individualist to the Core 61 7. The Penniless Entrepreneur 67 8. Writer and Communicator 77 9. The Peacemaker in Action 87 10. The Founder as Statesman 99 11. The Most Significant Women in Bill's Life 111 12. What Did Bill Believe? 131 13. A Search Finds a True Friend 141 Page xiii Foreword The great events, achievements, and personalities that shaped the twentieth century have been chronicled. Among those honored is Bill Wilson, who cofounded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Biographies of Bill W.
His Saturday night talk was at the Goodyear Auditorium in Akron, and I recall that it was well received. If there was hostility toward Bill in Akron, I did not sense it then. My objective was to talk with Bill for at least a few minutes, so I joined the line after his talk and waited patiently until I moved up to the front. 's time. Al had been our earliest Jackson member, indeed, one of the first two hundred members in AA when he joined the fellowship in December 1939. I'd been told, however, that Bill had a good memory for names, so it was not surprising that he remembered a man whose contact with the fellowship seventeen years earlier was probably welcomed and noted at the small AA service office in New York.