A Biography of Mrs. Marty Mann: The First Lady of Alcoholics Anonymous

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Hazelden Publishing, Jan 31, 2005 - Self-Help - 416 pages
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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Contents

Prologue
3
Introduction
6
Roots 190410
10
Chicago 191018
18
Dawn of a Vision 1944
152
The Entrepreneur 194446
164
Rocking the Boat 1946
179
Sowing the Future 194648
187
Notes
327
Through the Wringer 191821 26
329
School Days School Days 192125 36
330
The Sleeping Lion Stirs 192125 46
331
The Glory Years 192526 53
332
The Merry MarriageGoRound 192628 58
333
In the Fury of the Storm 193536 80
334
Rebirth 193839 97
335

Life Happens 1948
197
Yale Files for Divorce 194850
207
Part Three
218
Unsettled Weather 195054 217
233
The Clouds Lift 195460
239
Leo Redux 196064
252
Letting Go 196470
270
A New Path 1970
284
Sorrow and Serenity 197079
293
Transcendence 197980
311
Afterward 198093
321
24
325
A Pioneer in the Making 1939
336
The Learning Curve Steepens 193942 124
338
Priscilla 194244 138
339
Selected Bibliography
353
Audiotapes
359
Interviews
362
The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
364
The Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
365
Index
367
About the Authors
383
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David Brown is a contributor for the following Hazelden Title: A Biography of Mrs. Marty Mann.

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