100 BEST BOOKS
On Alcoholism & Recovery
in American History
Charles Bishop, Jr.
Charles Bishop, Jr., 100 Best Books on Alcoholism & Recovery in American History 1774-2016, July 2016, 128 pp., $15.00 U.S. + $3.00 shipping (check or money order)
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A catalog of the greatest books ever written on alcoholism and recovery, with one or more paragraphs on each selection, carefully describing the book and its author.
To give a handful of examples, Bishop begins with famous historical works like Dr. Benjamin Rush's An Inquiry into the Effects of Spirituous Liquors upon the Human Body, and Their Influence upon the Happiness of Society, published in 1784. Dr. Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was the Surgeon General in George Washington's Continental Army. He was the first American to term chronic drunkenness a disease.
The catalog includes a book from 1842 on the Washingtonian movement and T. S. Arthur's Ten Nights in a Bar-Room from 1854, plus some of the most important books from the Prohibition Era (1870-1933).
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (1939) gets six paragraphs, and two of Mrs. Marty Mann's books are also in the catalog, along with E. M. Jellinek's The Disease Concept of Alcoholism (1960), with supplemental notes describing three of Jellinek's other works. Robert Thomsen's biography of Bill W., published in 1975 not long after Bill's death, also made Bishop's list.
Twenty-Four Hours a Day is listed, written by Richmond Walker (from Boston and Daytona Beach), the man who was A.A.'s second most published author, along with a book by A.A.'s third most published figure, Father Ralph Pfau from Indianapolis, an autobiography entitled Prodigal Shepherd. Pfau, who wrote the famous series of Golden Books under the pen name "Father John Doe" was the first Roman Catholic priest to get sober in A.A.
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