A.A. co-founder Bill W. tells the story of the growth of Alcoholics Anonymous from its make-or-break beginnings in New York and Akron in the early 1930s to its spread across the country and overseas in the years that followed. A wealth of personal accounts and anecdotes portray the dramatic power of the A.A. Twelve Step program of recovery – unique not only in its approach to treating alcoholism but also in its spiritual impact and social influence.<br> Bill recounts the evolution of the Twelve Steps, the Twelve Traditions and the Twelve Concepts for World Service – those principles and practices that protect A.A.s Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity and Service – and how in 1955 the responsibility for these were passed on by the founding members to the Fellowship (A.A.’s membership at large). In closing chapters of <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, early «friends of A.A.,» including the influential Dr. Silkworth and Father Ed Dowling, share their perspectives. Includes 16 pages of archival photographs.<br> For those interested in the history of A.A. and how it has withstood the test of time, <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i> offers on the growth of this ground-breaking movement. <br> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i> has been approved by the General Service Conference.