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Drunks

Drunks by Christopher Finan
Hardcover
Jun 27, 2017 | 344 Pages
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Praise

“An appropriately harrowing account of booze and its discontents…A worthy treatment of recovery movements in American history, unsung heroes and all.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A spirited look at the history of drinking and alcoholism in America… offers captivating stories in a well-researched, in-depth manner, shining a light on a topic well worth exploring in detail.”
Publishers Weekly

“The vignettes Finan selected provide relevant facts about important players associated with the history of alcoholism and how it has been treated in the United States. An interesting read for fans of American history.”
Library Journal

Drunks is a lively, engaging, and enlightening account of a major strain (in several senses of the word) of the American character. We drank our way to nationhood, and some of us drank too much. Cheers!”
—Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize recipient for The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Drunks is a fascinating history of the recovery movement that allowed me to consider my own sobriety in a broader context. Chris Finan recounts in entertaining and compelling style the experiences of those who fought to have alcoholism recognized as an illness and broke barriers in trying to treat it. I was transported throughout this journey and would like to think I might have joined the ‘Marthas,’ a group of mid-nineteenth-century women who were on the front lines of the battle against the deadly ravages of alcoholism. Finan has written an outstanding book that should take its place alongside the definitive texts detailing other medical and cultural issues in American society.”
—Lisa Smith, author of Girl Walks Out of a Bar

“Alcohol, prescription meds, marijuana: addiction has been a problem for centuries in America. But as Chris Finan’s inspiring book chronicles, people helping people is the solution. Millions of alcoholics and addicts are living sober lives. And so there is hope for those who are still suffering.”
—William C. Moyers, author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption and vice president at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Table Of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER ONE
Mountain of Bones

CHAPTER TWO
Out of the Gutter

CHAPTER THREE
Discovery of the Disease

CHAPTER FOUR
Search for Higher Power

CHAPTER FIVE
False Dawn

CHAPTER SIX
Two Drunks

CHAPTER SEVEN
The Birth of Alcoholics Anonymous

CHAPTER EIGHT
Rise of the Sober Drunk

CHAPTER NINE
Boom and Bust

CHAPTER TEN
Waves of Sobriety

EPILOGUE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

NOTES

INDEX

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