Asylum

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In 1934, William Seabrook was one of the most famous journalists in the world. He was also an alcoholic. But there was no treatment for his disease. So he checked himself into an insane asylum. There, from the perspective of a travel writer, he described his own journey through this strange and foreign place. Today, you can???t read a page in the book without seeing him bump, unknowingly, into the basic principles of 12-step groups and then thwarted by well meaning doctors (like the one who decides he???s cured and can start drinking again). On a regular basis, he says things so clear, so self-aware that you???re stunned an addict could have written it???shocked that this book isn???t a classic American text.

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Asylum

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In 1934, William Seabrook was one of the most famous journalists in the world. He was also an alcoholic. But there was no treatment for his disease. So he checked himself into an insane asylum. There, from the perspective of a travel writer, he described his own journey through this strange and foreign place. Today, you can???t read a page in the book without seeing him bump, unknowingly, into the basic principles of 12-step groups and then thwarted by well meaning doctors (like the one who decides he???s cured and can start drinking again). On a regular basis, he says things so clear, so self-aware that you???re stunned an addict could have written it???shocked that this book isn???t a classic American text.

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