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By Matthew J. Raphael

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William Griffith Wilson, lately brought up via Time journal as one of many hundred such a lot influential contributors of the 20th century, is best recognized 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 the following below 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 celebrity.

In quest of a extra traditionally exact and entire account, Raphael separates truth from fiction within the general biographies of Wilson and unearths cause to doubt the literal fact of a few foundational AA tales. He additionally offers a context for Wilson's (and hence AA's) key principles within the paintings of William James, Carl Jung, and different sleek thinkers. What emerges is an unvarnished portrait of a charismatic guy and social visionary, whose real greatness is all of the extra obvious in view of his human imperfections.

Readers already conversant in Alcoholics nameless will locate a lot to interact them. Others will detect AA and its cofounder from an insider's viewpoint.

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The Griffiths, of Welsh extraction, were smart, hard-driving “loners” who sought professional success, which earned them respectability but never popularity. True to her Griffith heritage, Emily was a proud woman; she was also, Thomsen implies, a high-strung, hard, and unforgiving one, who increasingly soured on her husband’s free and easy ways. By contrast, Emily seemed determined, with “her superior knowledge and training,” to “analyze and then in some way dominate her circumstances” (BW, 16).

Echoed that of Albert Schweitzer’s celebrated book, The Quest of the Historical Jesus (1906), in which he studied the unsettling efforts of French and German scholars in the nineteenth century to search out the Jesus of history, as distinct from the Jesus of faith. ) For Schweitzer, a believer, regrounding faith in recoverable historical facts was necessary to revitalizing Christian theology in the secular modern age. The quest of the historical Jesus also moved the Oxford Group to emulate, as far as possible, the practices of first-century Christians.

A. A. rooms and the floosies they suspected of inveigling their men in the barrooms. A. women was proved by their becoming unthreatening gal pals to the old boys, much like the unsexed sidekicks to the romantic heroines of 1940s movies. Two of the three women leads, as well as the female chair, brag of their long-standing marriages (up to half a century), and then make amiably feeble jokes about their hapless husbands. The third old-timer, who prefers the euphemism “long-timer,” speaks instead of her enduring relationship to Bill Wilson himself.

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