By Matthew J. Raphael
William Griffith Wilson, lately pointed out by means of Time journal as one of many hundred such a lot influential participants of the 20th century, is best identified to many as invoice W., cofounder of Alcoholics nameless. In invoice W. and Mr. Wilson, Matthew J. Raphael, himself a member of A.A. (and writing right here lower than a pseudonym, in accord with AA's culture of anonymity), offers a revealing new examine either the mythical invoice W. and the personal Mr. Wilson, who attempted to dwell except his personal famous person.
In quest of a extra traditionally actual and entire account, Raphael separates truth from fiction within the typical biographies of Wilson and reveals cause to doubt the literal fact of a few foundational AA tales. He additionally presents a context for Wilson's (and hence AA's) key principles within the paintings of William James, Carl Jung, and different glossy thinkers. What emerges is an unvarnished portrait of a charismatic guy and social visionary, whose precise greatness is all of the extra obvious in view of his human imperfections.
Readers already accustomed to Alcoholics nameless will locate a lot to interact them. Others will detect AA and its cofounder from an insider's perspective.
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