This is both a fascinating history of the formative years of Alcoholics Anymous, as well as the bitter-sweet tale of the troubled man Bill W. always referred to as my sponsor. In 1934, Ebby Thatcher called an old drinking buddy to tell him about the happiness he was finding in sobriety. His friend's name was Bill Wilson, and this book is the story of their life-long friendship. It is both a fascinating history of the formative years of Alcoholics Anymous, as well as the bitter-sweet tale of the troubled man Bill W. always referred to as my sponsor. Deeply informative and moving, a valuable contribution to the history of A.A. A 'must' reading for anyone interested in one of the more fascinating chapters in A.A.'s history. --Nell Wing, Retired A.A. Archivist and Bill Wilson's Secretary
Mel B., a resident of Toledo, Ohio, since 1972, is a writer specializing in recovery, timely business topics, speeches, publicity and military history. Retired since 1986, he served in public relations for a major corporation headquartered in Toledo. Mel B. is a recovering alcoholic and a longtime member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He writes anonymously on subjects related to alcoholism and was a contributing writer for Pass It On, AA's authorized biography of co-founder Bill Wilson. In addition to Ebby: The Man Who Sponsored Bill W., he has authored two other Hazelden books, New Wine and Walk In Dry Places, as well as several Hazelden pamphlets. He has also contributed about fifty articles to The Grapevine, the international journal of AA.