Comparative Table of Contents

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Second Edition, 1955)

The story of how many thousands of men and women
have recovered from alcoholism

Preface(s), Forward(s)
The Doctor’s Opinion

  1. Bill’s Story 1
  2. There is a Solution 17
  3. More About Alcoholism 30
  4. We Agnostics 44
  5. How it Works 58
  6. Into Action 72
  7. Working with Others 89
  8. To Wives 104
  9. The Family Afterward 122
  10. To Employers 136
  11. A Vision for You 151



The AA Tradition
Spiritual Experience
The Medical View on AA
The Lasker Award
The Religious View on AA
How to get in Touch with AA
Twelve Concepts


An Autobiographical Intervention into
the Natural History of Alcoholics Anonymous

A Scientist Speaks Out

1: An Experiment in Choice
2: Tell Me A Story I Can Use
3: Batteries not Included
4: Relapse or Research?
5: Self-Examination without Self-Obsession
6: Graduating from the Spiritual Kindergarten
7: Pass It On—But Make It Better
8: To Alcoholism Professionals
9: The Fellowships Afterward
10: To The Chronically Human
11: The Pioneering Times are Now


Bill’s Biggest Big Book Blunders
From Not-God to Not-Self
Write Your Own Big Book
The Recovery Reformation: Another 95 Theses

Sponsor’s Notes:

—The 11 Chapters that are presented here as “Finishing What Bill Wilson Started” function as The Basic Text of The New Founders (Groups) of Alcoholics Anonymous, formalized in abbreviated form in 2014 (75th anniversary of the publication of the Big Book) as a suggested Framework from which to recover from AA sobriety that has gone awry. Originally intended for internal use, we became increasingly aware of its broader applications for alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike, and are now releasing it in a broadened and deepened form for your approval, disapproval, or indifference.

“A Scientist Speaks Out” functions as the Forward, and an obvious counterpoint to “The Doctor’s Opinion.

—In their 1939, 1955, 1979, and 2001 Prefaces & Forwards, each corresponding Edition of the Big Book gives updates on interim periods in those 62 years of AA’s history. But the official story is not the only story. The “Introduction” to our New Basic Text will set forth its “Purpose & Scope” and the “Methodological History” of its writing and compilation. “Predictions & Proposals” will be covered in the final Chapter, “The Pioneering Times are Now,” which will also serve as a “Conclusion” of sorts, and for historical continuity is deliberately written in the style of the Big Book itself.

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