B-3 - Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age
History and Resources

A.A.'s Conference-approved books are a wonderful resource to learn about how A.A. started, how the Steps and Traditions evolved, and how the A.A. fellowship grew and spread overseas.

APRIL 10 IS A HISTORIC DAY FOR ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

On April 10, 1939, 4,650 copies of the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous, became available for distribution. Cornwall Press would deliver copies to Works Publishing company, with an office on William Street in Newark, New Jersey. The grand bill for the print run was $1,783.00!

Copies were also delivered directly to “friends” of the Fellowship, including associates of John D. Rockefeller who aided significantly in the publishing venture.

Today, over 40 million copies have been sold!

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