Read Drunks: An American History Online Free - A social history of alcoholism in the United States, from the seventeenth century to the present day
Today, millions of Americans are struggling with alcoholism, but millions are also in long-term recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous and a growing number of recovery organizations are providing support for alcoholics who will face the danger of relapse for the rest of their lives. We have finally come to understand alcoholism as a treatable illness, rather than a moral failure. Today's advocates can draw inspiration from the victories of sober drunks throughout American history.
Christopher Finan recounts the nation's history with alcohol and its search for sobriety, which began among Native Americans in the colonial period, when liquor was used to cheat them of their property. He introduces us to the first of a colorful cast of characters, a remarkable Iroquois leader named Handsome Lake, who dedicated his life to helping his people renounce hard liquor. And we meet Carrie Nation, the wife of an alcoholic who destroyed bars with an ax in her anger over what alcohol had done to her family, as well as the idealistic and energetic Washingtonians, reformed drunks who led the first national movement to save men like themselves.
Finan also tells the dramatic story of Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, the two drunks who helped each other stay sober and then created AA, which survived its tumultuous early years and has made it possible for millions of men and women to quit drinking. This is narrative history at its best: entertaining and authoritative, an important portrait of one of America's great liberation movements.
|Title||:||Drunks: An American History|
|Number of Pages||:||344 pages|
November 09, 2017
I don’t mind the dry textbook style of writing. I do however dislike the gross colonial Christian anti-native bullshit in the beginning. DNF
November 06, 2017
2.5 stars. Finan's account is good history but is a little bit dry. More than anything else, it's a history of the abstinence movement in Colonial through mid-20th century America with a heavy reliance on the sensational literature of personal revelations of the ravages of alcoholism, which becom...
September 06, 2017
I was expecting a more light hearted funny non fiction book about the history and plight of the American drunks, but instead got the in-depth history of drunks (starting with American Indians) trying to reform and become sober. It's my bad for not reading the complete description! Every chapter g...
August 11, 2017
Drunks is an important and very interesting and informative book. Much of it is written so well that it reads like a novel. We not only learn about the effects of alcoholism, but how it impacted the history of America. There is a rather long fascinating disturbing narrative of how alcohol destroy...
August 22, 2017
This is a fantastic book. It's engaging, focusing on people and their perspectives. I enjoyed how it was sprinkled liberally with quotes - allowing the individual described to speak with their own voice, but also a good insight into the sheer amount of research that went into this. I enjoyed how...
December 01, 2017
I expected more anecdotal stories of people who were figures in American history. Still, this was an interesting book focusing more on the recovery movement in America. I found the format a little "textbooky" for my taste and a bit of dry read. but it was very informational and presented a lot of...
December 23, 2017
A well-written look at the evolution of recovery programs, treatment centers, and the conception of alcoholism as a chronic disease rather than a moral failing. It was very interesting to see some of the aspects of my own recovery reflected in early movements like the Washingtonians of the 19th c...
September 25, 2017
The first chapters kind of rush through the Colonial to the early 1900s, and then the last half of the book is spent on AA and its related recovery programs, so the "history" part of the title feels a little uneven.
August 04, 2017
Actually a history of how to treat alcoholism. It starts with the Native American, Handsome Lake, in 1799 and ends with the Affordable Care Act and its requirements to treat addicts and alcoholics. A thorough history.
November 15, 2017
It’s an okay read, but I thought it would be amusing tales of famous things that were done by drink people, such as, The Boston Tea Party. This book was about the establishment of AA. So the description was misleading, or I completely misunderstood,