Boston: Little, Brown, 1936.
Illustrated by H Dean dj art. First Edition; Later Printing. Hardcover. Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket. Item #10145
Light tone, otherwise light wear; Dust Jacket spine darkened, chipping to head, tone, rub. Solid hardcover. ; Richard Peabody was a Boston blue-blood alcoholic who squandered his fortune. Through the Emmanuel Movement, he struggled with his illness, becoming a lay therapist to alcoholics, and authored this influential book describing a path to recovery, first printed in 1931. "The author first defines the causes which if uncontrolled lead to alcoholism, and then sets forth the course of cure whereby many of his patients have been set free from what may come to be a pernicious disease." AA founder Bill W was influenced by this work and borrowed Peabody's phrases such as "Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic" and "Half measures are of no avail." In addition the entire story of "A man of thirty" contained in the Big Book chapter More About Alcoholism appears to have been lifted from Peabody's book. Sadly, this later 1936 printing was published the year of Peabody's early death. An uncommon copy of this significant work in Recovery, with its quite hard-to-find dust jacket.; xvi, 191 pages.