Here is the second sentence shared in the Foreword to our book’s First Edition:
“To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.”
In our book’s pre-publication manuscript, the above appeared as this:
“To show other alcoholics PRECISELY HOW THEY CAN RECOVER is the main purpose of this book.”
“For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary.”
Few people seem willing to tolerate this today, but that idea of no further authentication being necessary would indicate this book “says it all”, so to speak. Even Dr. Silkworth mentioned feeling “a sense of real satisfaction when I was asked to contribute a few words on a subject which is covered in such masterly detail in these pages.” (“The Doctor’s Opinion“, italic added) And of course, the subject being covered in our book is permanent recovery from chronic alcoholism…and then with everyone everywhere in mind:
“We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic.”
Our book can help the alcoholic understand himself or herself, and it can help others understand us and our alcoholism in ways that can be helpful all-around.
“…personal appeals which may result from this publication…”
Early A.A.s were a bit surprised when the initial release of our book did not result in the flooding of their post box.
“We shall be interested to hear from those who are getting results from this book, particularly from those who have commenced work with other alcoholics.”
As shared within:
“Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.” (page 89)