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Marty Mann was the first woman to achieve long-term sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous, and she inspired thousands of others, especially women, to help themselves.

The little-known life of Marty Mann rivals a Masterpiece Theatre drama. She was born into a life of wealth and privilege, sank to the lowest depths of poverty and despair, then rose to inspire thousands of others, especially women, to help themselves. The first woman to achieve long-term sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous, Marty Mann advocated the understanding that alcoholism is an issue of public health, not morality. In their fascinating book, Sally and David Brown shed light on this influential figure in recovery history. Born in Chicago in 1905, Marty was favored with beauty, brains, charisma, phenomenal energy, and a powerful will. She could also out drink anyone in her group of social elites. When her father became penniless, she was forced into work, landed a lucrative public relations position, and a decade later was destitute because of her drinking. She was committed to a psychiatric center in 1938-a time when the term alcoholism was virtually unknown, the only known treatment was "drying out," and two men were compiling the book Alcoholics Anonymous. Marty read it on the recommendation of psychiatrist Dr. Harry Tiebout: it was her first step toward sobriety and a long, illustrious career as founder of the National Council on Alcoholism, or NCA.In the early 1950s, journalist Edward R. Murrow selected Marty as one of the 10 greatest living Americans. Marty died of a stroke in 1980, shortly after addressing the AA international convention in New Orleans.This is a story of one woman''s indefatigable effort and indomitable spirit, compellingly told by Sally and David Brown.

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Dalis L. Strain
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A MUST read for recovering women!
Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2016
This book was an awesome journey through the life of Mrs Marty Mann, one of the first women in AA. Any recovering woman would enjoy reading her journey and I often send this book to women I sponsor as a testament to recovery, achievements and redeemed and renewed sobriety.... See more
This book was an awesome journey through the life of Mrs Marty Mann, one of the first women in AA. Any recovering woman would enjoy reading her journey and I often send this book to women I sponsor as a testament to recovery, achievements and redeemed and renewed sobriety. She represents the honesty and humility that I strive for, but was a true survivor of her own ego! Her relationship with the founders both agreeable and later discordant offer an insight into the early formative years of the program. Thank you Sally for an unsparing survey, she would have loved it!
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Rhonda Davis
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Great book about a great woman!
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2015
Great book with much biographical detail over several generations. Mrs. Mann had quite a life before and certainly after finding sobriety and recovery from alcoholism with the help of AA. This biography takes great pains to provide a ''personal'' account of this woman''s life.... See more
Great book with much biographical detail over several generations. Mrs. Mann had quite a life before and certainly after finding sobriety and recovery from alcoholism with the help of AA. This biography takes great pains to provide a ''personal'' account of this woman''s life. General history of AA and the history of alcoholism in our country is specifically detailed, too. I found it a great read as a person in recovery, too. Great insight into the disease of alcoholism and the method of recovery. There is a lot of material here and it appears that the authors were meticulous with their fact-checking processes. I would recommend this to anyone, especially those interested in the history of AA and the history of alcoholism.
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John in Maine
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It''s nice to see that it wasn''t all Bill and Bob--that ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2016
Though not the most stylishly written book, this does show a little-known side of the early days of AA and the National Council on Alcoholism. It''s nice to see that it wasn''t all Bill and Bob--that many others, including many women, and especially the remarkable Ms. Mann,... See more
Though not the most stylishly written book, this does show a little-known side of the early days of AA and the National Council on Alcoholism. It''s nice to see that it wasn''t all Bill and Bob--that many others, including many women, and especially the remarkable Ms. Mann, played important roles in the effort to "help others recover from alcoholism."
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Missing pages
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2018
The book was decent until I discovered 20 pages had been carefully removed. Pages 213 to 234 were gone.
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Good book
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Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2013
The first half of this book just drones ON and ON about how wonderful and smart and amazing Marty Mann is. Besides making you want to throw up in your mouth, it lead me to question why someone as perfect as the book claimed could ever suffer from Alcoholism. It''s not... See more
The first half of this book just drones ON and ON about how wonderful and smart and amazing Marty Mann is. Besides making you want to throw up in your mouth, it lead me to question why someone as perfect as the book claimed could ever suffer from Alcoholism. It''s not until the second half where the book actually starts to address real issues and challenges, and portrays her to be a flawed but relate-able human being.

The writing is TERRIBLE but if you can get past that, I''m sure the content is factually accurate.
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brenda powers
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Wonderful and inspirational
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2015
I am very interested in the history of AA and in the pioneers of the program. Marty Mann was a remarkable woman in so many ways; and her journey is inspiring whether someone is struggling with alcoholism or not.
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Michael A. Strem
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Surprise!
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2014
I thought I knew a lot about Marty as a longtime fan & member of one of her fellowships. It''s a shame she had to keep her secret life as opaque as it was. In this day & age, she would have bragged. She & Bill both had huge egos, yet both were able to be of service to us... See more
I thought I knew a lot about Marty as a longtime fan & member of one of her fellowships. It''s a shame she had to keep her secret life as opaque as it was. In this day & age, she would have bragged. She & Bill both had huge egos, yet both were able to be of service to us all in & out of programs.
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Solo121
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great book good condition!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2015
good condition happy with this book!
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bellejem
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Rich in Alcoholics Anonymous history. Ms. Mann was the first woman to achieve lasting sobriety.
Reviewed in Canada on October 8, 2019
Ms. Mann life is interesting. Lots of history on the beginning of AA. Ms. Mann helped establish AA. Strong woman.
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