Alcoholics Anonymous Book
Score: 5
From 6 Ratings

Alcoholics Anonymous


  • Author : Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2012-08
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 1258461803

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Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Trade Edition Book
Score: 4.5
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Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Trade Edition


  • Author : Bill W.
  • Publisher : Alcoholics Anonymous World Services
  • Release Date : 1953
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 0916856011

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Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Trade Edition Book Description :

Twelve Steps to recovery.

The Book That Started It All Book
Score: 4.5
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The Book That Started It All


  • Author : Anonymous
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-09-03
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781616495220

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The Book That Started It All Book Description :

An extraordinary reproduction of the original working manuscript of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, with an introduction and notes by a panel of celebrated AA historians. The many changes that were made in black, green, and red on each page are show. An extraordinary reproduction of the original working manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous, with essays and notes by a panel of celebrated AA historians.The Book That Started It All offers fresh insights into the history and foundation of the revolutionary Alcoholics Anonymous program. Reproduced in this elegant gift edition with essays and notes by a panel of celebrated AA historians, the original working manuscript is the missing link in our understanding of what transpired between AA founder Bill Wilson's first draft of Alcoholics Anonymous and the first published edition. In January 1939, Wilson and other AA founders distributed 400 copies of his typescript to everyone they could think of "who might be concerned with the problem of alcoholism," to test out the program. As the loan copies were returned, suggestions for revision were considered and written out in colored pencil on one master copy that was eventually submitted for publication.The many changes made in black, green, and red on page after page are shown here in their original form, revealing the opinions, debates, and discussions that went into making the Big Book.

The Book That Started It All Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

The Book That Started It All


  • Author : Anonymous
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-09-03
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781616495220

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The Book That Started It All Book Description :

An extraordinary reproduction of the original working manuscript of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, with an introduction and notes by a panel of celebrated AA historians. The many changes that were made in black, green, and red on each page are show. An extraordinary reproduction of the original working manuscript of Alcoholics Anonymous, with essays and notes by a panel of celebrated AA historians.The Book That Started It All offers fresh insights into the history and foundation of the revolutionary Alcoholics Anonymous program. Reproduced in this elegant gift edition with essays and notes by a panel of celebrated AA historians, the original working manuscript is the missing link in our understanding of what transpired between AA founder Bill Wilson's first draft of Alcoholics Anonymous and the first published edition. In January 1939, Wilson and other AA founders distributed 400 copies of his typescript to everyone they could think of "who might be concerned with the problem of alcoholism," to test out the program. As the loan copies were returned, suggestions for revision were considered and written out in colored pencil on one master copy that was eventually submitted for publication.The many changes made in black, green, and red on page after page are shown here in their original form, revealing the opinions, debates, and discussions that went into making the Big Book.

Father Ed Dowling Book

Father Ed Dowling


  • Author : Glenn F. Chesnut
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2015-07-17
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 650
  • ISBN 10 : 9781491770870

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Father Ed Dowling Book Description :

The story of Father Ed Dowling, S.J., the Jesuit priest who served for twenty years as sponsor and spiritual guide to Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. An icy evening in December 1940 saw the first meeting of two extraordinary spiritual leaders. Father Ed said that the graces he received from meeting Bill Wilson were as great as those he had received from his ordination as a priest, and Bill in turn described encountering the Jesuit as being like a second conversion experience, where he could feel the transcendent presence of God filling the entire room with grace. The good priest taught Wilson about St. Ignatius Loyolas Spiritual Exercises, about the eternal battle between good and evil which the Spanish saint described in that book, and explained the Jesuit understanding of the way we can use our deepest emotions to receive guidance from God while serving on that battlefield. The co-founder of the twelve step movement in turn supplied Father Ed with some of the most valuable tools he possessed for carrying out small group therapy on a wide range of different kinds of troubled people. Together the two men discussed Poulains Graces of Interior Prayer and Bills attempts to make spiritual contact with both spooks and saints, and explored the world of LSD experiences and the teachings of the Catholic, Hindu, and Buddhist mystics in Aldous Huxleys Perennial Philosophy. And we will see how Father Ed, with his deep social conscience, helped Bill W. turn his book on the Twelve Traditions into a Bill of Rights for the twelve step movement, and how he laid out his own spiritual vision of Alcoholics Anonymous at the A.A. International in St. Louis in 1955.

Father Ralph Pfau and the Golden Books Book

Father Ralph Pfau and the Golden Books


  • Author : Glenn F. Chesnut
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2017-01-04
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781532008962

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Father Ralph Pfau and the Golden Books Book Description :

Father Ralph Pfau was one of AAs four most-published and most-formative authors (along with Bill Wilson, Richmond Walker, and Ed Webster) during the new movements earliest thirty years, during which it grew from only 100 members to almost 300,000. In the first ten years Pfau spent working to spread AA, he said I have traveled nearly 750,000 miles .... I have spoken before nearly two hundred thousand members of AA at retreats, meetings and conventions, and personally discussed problems with more than ten thousand alcoholics. He produced fourteen extremely popular books, called the Golden Books, under the pen name Father John Doe, along with other books and recordings. When he joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1943, he became the first Roman Catholic priest to get sober in the newly formed movement. An alcoholic and drug addict, he had spent the previous ten years being removed from parish after parish, as his drinking and addiction to downers got out of control over and over again. He taught the spirituality of imperfection, drawing from St. Thrse of Lisieuxs Little Way and St. Augustines teaching of God as Truth Itself the forgiving God who touches us in our fallenness, in acts of sudden psychological insight in which our whole perspective on life undergoes sweeping positive quantum changes. Over and over he calmed peoples fear of God by reminding them that perfection was a myth, and that no human being could do it all. He was one of the most creative and interesting American Catholic theologians of his era.

Sobering Wisdom Book

Sobering Wisdom


  • Author : Jerome A. Miller
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 2014-12-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813936543

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Sobering Wisdom Book Description :

Originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve Step program now provides life direction for the millions of people worldwide who are recovering from addiction and undergoing profound personal transformation. Yet thus far it has received surprisingly little attention from philosophers, despite the fact that, like philosophy, the program addresses all-important questions regarding how we ought to live. In Sobering Wisdom, Jerome A. Miller and Nicholas Plants offer a unique approach to the Twelve Step program by exploring its spirituality from a philosophical point of view. Drawing on a variety of thinkers from Aristotle to William James and from Nietzsche to Foucault, as well as a diverse range of philosophical perspectives including naturalism, Buddhism, existentialism, Confucianism, pragmatism, and phenomenology, the contributors to this volume address such questions as the relation of personal responsibility to an acknowledgment of powerlessness, the existence of a "higher power," and the role of virtue in recovery. Ranging in tone from deeply scholarly to intensely personal, their essays are written in an accessible way for a broad audience that includes not only philosophers, theologians, and psychologists but also spiritual directors, health professionals, and addiction counselors. Perhaps most important, the book is also conceived for those involved in Twelve Step programs whose lives are being transformed by the experience.

The Language of the Heart Book

The Language of the Heart


  • Author : A A Grapevine, Incorporated
  • Publisher : AA Grapevine
  • Release Date : 2002-02
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 0933685335

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The Language of the Heart Book Description :

Language of the Heart contains all of AA cofounder Bill W.'s Grapevine, including a vivid description of how he came to organize the Steps.

Recovery Groups Book

Recovery Groups


  • Author : Linda Farris Kurtz DPA
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-10-31
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199362998

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Recovery Groups Book Description :

This book focuses on community self-help and support groups specifically in the context of recovery movements in addiction and mental health care. The idea of groups of recovering people meeting together may seem like a simple one and not one requiring much effort and thought; however, as this book will show, this is not the case. In Recovery Groups: A Guide to Creating, Leading, and Working with Groups for Addictions and Mental Health Conditions Linda Kurtz breaks down the recovery movement for addictions and mental health care into three sections. In the first section recovery concepts are broken down into two fields: how they differ and how they come together. The second section focuses on methods of working with independent self-help groups and leadership in support groups. Kurtz touches on the study of helping mechanisms, social climate, group teachings, group structure, and how to use each of these to improve group performance. In the third section of the book, Kurtz examines social and community actions from members involved in Twelve-Step fellowships and consumer survivor organizations. The final section also details programs that provide employment, housing, and mutual support, explaining how to accomplish these goals without a large expense. This book will be useful to students, professional mental health and addiction workers, recovery coaches and peer support specialists, and group members and leaders who are interested in this topic.

Revelatory Events Book

Revelatory Events


  • Author : Ann Taves
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-10-25
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400884469

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Revelatory Events Book Description :

A leading scholar sheds critical light on the seemingly revelatory events behind new religions and spiritual movements Unseen presences. Apparitions. Hearing voices. Although some people would find such experiences to be distressing and seek clinical help, others perceive them as transformative. Occasionally, these unusual phenomena give rise to new spiritual paths or religious movements. Revelatory Events provides fresh insights into what is perhaps the bedrock of all religious belief—the claim that otherworldly powers are active in human affairs. Ann Taves looks at Mormonism, Alcoholics Anonymous, and A Course in Miracles—three cases in which insiders claimed that a spiritual presence guided the emergence of a new spiritual path. In the 1820s, Joseph Smith, Jr., reportedly translated the Book of Mormon from ancient gold plates unearthed with the help of an angel. Bill Wilson cofounded AA after having an ecstatic experience while hospitalized for alcoholism in 1934. Helen Schucman scribed the words of an inner voice that she attributed to Jesus, which formed the basis of her 1976 best-selling self-study course. In each case, Taves argues, the sense of a guiding presence emerged through a complex, creative interaction between a founding figure with unusual mental abilities and an initial set of collaborators who were drawn into the process by diverse motives of their own. A major work of scholarship, this compelling and accessible book traces the very human processes behind such events.

The Sober Truth Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

The Sober Truth


  • Author : Lance Dodes
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release Date : 2014-03-25
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807033166

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The Sober Truth Book Description :

An exposé of Alcoholics Anonymous, 12-step programs, and the rehab industry—and how a failed addiction-treatment model came to dominate America. AA has become so infused in our society that it is practically synonymous with addiction recovery. Yet the evidence shows that AA has only a 5–10 percent success rate—hardly better than no treatment at all. Despite this, doctors, employers, and judges regularly refer addicted people to treatment programs and rehab facilities based on the 12-step model. In The Sober Truth, acclaimed addiction specialist Dr. Lance Dodes exposes the deeply flawed science that the 12-step industry has used to support its programs. Dr. Dodes analyzes dozens of studies to reveal a startling pattern of errors, misjudgments, and biases. He also pores over the research to highlight the best peer-reviewed studies available and discovers that they reach a grim consensus on the program’s overall success. But The Sober Truth is more than a book about addiction. It is also a book about science and how and why AA and rehab became so popular, despite the discouraging data. Dr. Dodes explores the entire story of AA’s rise, from its origins in early fundamentalist religious and mystical beliefs to its present-day place of privilege in politics and media. The Sober Truth includes true stories from Dr. Dodes’s thirty-five years of clinical practice, as well as firsthand accounts submitted by addicts through an open invitation on the Psychology Today website. These stories vividly reveal the experience of walking the steps and attending some of the nation’s most famous rehabilitation centers. The Sober Truth builds a powerful response to the monopoly of the 12-step program and explodes the myth that these programs offer an acceptable or universal solution to the deeply personal problem of addiction. This book offers new and actionable information for addicts, their families, and medical providers, and lays out better ways to understand addiction

Drop the Rock Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

Drop the Rock


  • Author : Bill P.
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2009-06-03
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 132
  • ISBN 10 : 9781592857906

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Drop the Rock Book Description :

A practical guide to letting go of the character defects that get in the way of true and joyful recovery. Resentment. Fear. Self-Pity. Intolerance. Anger. As Bill P. explains, these are the "rocks" that can sink recovery- or at the least, block further progress. Based on the principles behind Steps Six and Seven, Drop the Rock combines personal stories, practical advice, and powerful insights to help readers move forward in recovery. The second edition features additional stories and a reference section.

How It Worked Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

How It Worked


  • Author : Mitchell K.
  • Publisher : BBSG Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-06-30
  • Genre: Alcoholics
  • Pages : 428
  • ISBN 10 : 0966328205

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How It Worked Book Description :

This is the story of Clarence H. Snyder and How A.A. came to Cleveland Ohio. Clarence started the 3rd A.A. group in the world. His sponsor Dr.Bob S.. a Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous along with Bill W. Clarence started and initiated many practices that are used today.(he wrote a pamphlet on Sponsorship and initiated beginners classes. His Cleveland Central Bulletin predates The A.A. Grapevine ) Clarence asked his sponcee Mitchell K. to write the factual history of A.A. in Cleveland so that the ordinary man could read and understand it.

Not God Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Not God


  • Author : Ernest Kurtz
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-03-26
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 456
  • ISBN 10 : 9781592859023

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Not God Book Description :

A fascinating, account of the discovery and program of Alcoholics Anonymous, Not God contains anecdotes and excerpts from the diaries, correspondence, and occasional memoirs of AA's early figures. The most complete history of A.A. ever written. Not God contains anecdotes and excerpts from the diaries, correspondence, and occasional memoirs of A.A.'s early figures. A fascinating, fast-moving, and authoritative account of the discovery and development of the program and fellowship that we know today as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Mindfulness and Educating Citizens for Everyday Life Book

Mindfulness and Educating Citizens for Everyday Life


  • Author : Malgorzata Powietrzynska
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2016-07-23
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9789463005708

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Mindfulness and Educating Citizens for Everyday Life Book Description :

Mindfulness and Educating Citizens for Everyday Life invites readers to explore the role mindfulness can play in mediating how we enact social life in today’s increasingly challenging and challenged world. The educators and researchers who have contributed to this book use mindfulness as a lens to address and untangle what is becoming a profoundly complicated way of being within the reality of global capitalism. Education is framed broadly – the research transcends the walls of classrooms and includes museums, nursing homes, hospitals, AA meetings, and homes. Hence, the chapters feature participants occupying varied social positions and spaces that may be situated in different parts of the globe. The authors address two overarching and dialectically related themes of mindfulness and wellness and collectively the chapters expand possibilities for readers to act mindfully in a world in which wellness and wellbeing are pervasive concerns as a fragile Earth adapts to a dynamic flux of human-led changes that threaten the future of lifeworlds that support humanity and myriad species that face extinction. The authors do not offer oversimplified solutions to dramatically switch direction and preserve life, as we have known it. Instead, the ideas that emerge from the research presented in this volume expand possibilities for informed conduct, self-help, and educating citizens with a goal of individuals and collectives transforming lifeworlds by embracing mindfulness-saturated ontologies.

Girlfriend of Bill Book

Girlfriend of Bill


  • Author : Karen Nagy
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 9781616495275

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Girlfriend of Bill Book Description :

This ground-breaking guide provides twelve key points you need to know about dating a person in addiction recovery. Gain a greater understanding of your companion's recovery program and personality traits, while learning to identify red flags in order to build confidence for a successful relationship. Being in a new relationship is hard enough, but if the person you're dating is a recovering alcoholic or addict, there may be more to consider than just mutual interests and attraction. For Karen Nagy, dating a recovering alcoholic felt, in some ways, like she was seeing someone “from another planet”--with his own language, culture, and social behaviors.With humor, compassion, and a great respect for what it takes to recover from an addiction, this first-of-its-kind field guide offers an "inside scoop" on what people do in all those Twelve Step meetings, why they need a sponsor, what is a sponsor and why phrases like “Live and Let Live” and “Easy Does It” keep creeping into your conversations. Nagy offers twelve key points that you need to know about dating a person in recovery. She also helps you identify the warning signs of developing your own codependent tendencies by playing into your partner’s addictive thinking and behavior--and what to do about it.By gaining a greater understanding of your companion's recovery program, you can help them stay sober, learn how to deal with character flaws, and also build your confidence in the potential for a healthy, successful relationship.

Beyond Belief Book
Score: 5
From 3 Ratings

Beyond Belief


  • Author : Joe C
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2013-01
  • Genre: Substance abuse
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 0988115700

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Beyond Belief Book Description :

Rebellion Dogs Publishing is proud to announce a 21st century daily reflection book. Beyond Belief's 2014 second printing is now available with a Foreword by Ernie Kurtz and updated links and End Notes. What are "agnostic musings"? It is not news to anyone that the war of worldviews makes for sporting debate; does an intervening God grant sobriety, serenity, wisdom and courage or is conscious contact a delusion? Sorry, while we might be as amused as anyone with this question, Beyond Belief: Agnostic Musings for 12 Step Life doesn't enter this debate. Hate the game; don't hate the players. A good idea is a good idea. Why dismiss valid experience because of the beliefs that someone harbors? Beliefs aren't facts. Beyond our belief is where life is happening: chances have to be taken; processes have to be evaluated; life has to be lived. Atheists, humanists, skeptics and agnostics will feel included in these daily reflections. Believers won't feel mocked or belittled. Everyone in recovery is included. No one needs to adopt the beliefs of someone else nor deny our own beliefs to get clean and sober. Believing and belonging are not synonymous. We are well into Century 21. Anyone should feel free to doubt or believe with impunity. Everyone's experience is a valid currency. The 12 Step community has no experts. Rebellion Dogs Publishing neither canonizes nor vilifies 12 Step culture. This book draws on philosophy, psychology, entertainment, art, spiritual musings, skeptical inquiry and the uncanny wisdom of the rooms. Professional and 12&12 Member reviews: Melissa D., Clinical Psychologist, California says, "I have never seen a daily devotional book written for agnostics. I found the readings to be extremely thought provoking. I wonder sometimes since there is such talk about God at meetings, what kind of turn-off that must be for agnostics. I think this book will be very helpful to both the newcomer and the mature 12 Step member." Bob K, contributor to AAagnositca.org says

Writing the Big Book Book

Writing the Big Book


  • Author : William H. Schaberg
  • Publisher : Central Recovery Press
  • Release Date : 2019-09-24
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781949481297

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Writing the Big Book Book Description :

The definitive history of writing and producing the"Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous, told through extensive access to the group's archives. Alcoholics Anonymous is arguably the most significant self-help book published in the twentieth century. Released in 1939, the “Big Book,” as it’s commonly known, has sold an estimated 37 million copies, been translated into seventy languages, and spawned numerous recovery communities around the world while remaining a vibrant plan for recovery from addiction in all its forms for millions of people. While there are many books about A.A. history, most rely on anecdotal stories told well after the fact by Bill Wilson and other early members—accounts that have proved to be woefully inaccurate at times. Writing the Big Book brings exhaustive research, academic discipline, and informed insight to the subject not seen since Ernest Kurtz’s Not-God, published forty years ago. Focusing primarily on the eighteen months from October 1937, when a book was first proposed, and April 1939 when Alcoholics Anonymous was published, Schaberg’s history is based on eleven years of research into the wealth of 1930s documents currently preserved in several A.A. archives. Woven together into an exciting narrative, these real-time documents tell an almost week-by-week story of how the book was created, providing more than a few unexpected turns and surprising departures from the hallowed stories that have been so widely circulated about early A.A. history. Fast-paced, engaging, and contrary, Writing the Big Book presents a vivid picture of how early A.A. operated and grew and reveals many previously unreported details about the colorful cast of characters who were responsible for making that group so successful.

Bill W  and Dr  Bob Book

Bill W and Dr Bob


  • Author : Samuel Shem
  • Publisher : Samuel French, Inc.
  • Release Date : 1990
  • Genre: American drama
  • Pages : 99
  • ISBN 10 : 0573691746

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Bill W and Dr Bob Book Description :

Drama / 3m, 3f (w/doubling) / Unit set Newly revised edition! From the author of the best-selling novel, The House of God, this critically acclaimed version which played Off-Broadway in 2007, tells the amazing story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, and of their wives, who founded Al Anon. During the roaring '20s, New York stockbroker Bill Wilson rides high on money, fame, and booze. In '29, both he and the market crash and he becomes a hopeless drunk. Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon

The Dead Zone Book
Score: 3.5
From 55 Ratings

The Dead Zone


  • Author : Stephen King
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501141157

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The Dead Zone Book Description :

Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine A #1 New York Times bestseller about a man who wakes up from a five-year coma able to see people’s futures and the terrible fate awaiting mankind—a “compulsive page-turner” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma and people clamor for him to solve their problems. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future. With “powerful tension that holds the reader to the story like a pin to a magnet” (The Houston Post), The Dead Zone is a “faultlessly paced…continuously engrossing” (Los Angeles Times) novel of second sight.