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After that I became especially attuned to offers of AA books and began to build a small side-business selling them, learning more about the book, its many printings, and its history as I went along. My research was frequently complicated by the discovery of contradictory statements of fact. The founding participants in AA had proven to have dreadful memories about dates and other details. Totally frustrated by the lack of convincing information in the public record, I finally requested and was granted, permission to do some research at the AA Archives in New York City. What I found was a compelling history filled with fits and starts, loud arguments and extensive edits—a truly fascinating story that is worthy of a book-length treatment. And my research goes some way toward explaining why the fully annotated “master copy” of Alcoholics Anonymous sold at Sotheby’s for $1,576,000 in 2004.