- Hardcover: 575 pages
- Publisher: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services; 3rd Rev edition (Dec 1976)
- Language English
- ISBN-10: 0916856003
Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism (generally known as The Big Book because of the relative size of the first edition) is a 1939 self-help text on alcoholism, written by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous(AA), Bill W. & Dr. Bob.
It is the originator of the seminal “twelve-step method” widely used to attempt to treat many addictions, from alcoholism and heroin addiction to marijuana addiction, as well as overeating, sex addiction, gambling addiction, and even family members of alcoholics, with a strong spiritual and social emphasis, contrasted with and sometimes used in concert with psychological and pharmacological methods of addiction treatment.
Having sold 30 million copies, it is in the list of best-selling books of all time. In 2011, the TIME magazine placed the book in its list, 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923, the beginning of the magazine.
Hardcover + DUSTJACKET. Jacket chipped at edges, book bumped at board edges, personal inscription inside, pages are bright, white and tightly bound.