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Courage to Change: Personal Conversation About Alcoholism with Dennis Wholey [Paperback]

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The former host of PBS-TV's Late Night America presents the success stories of recovering alcoholic celebrities, including Elmore Leonard, Jerry Falwell, Pete Townshend, and Grace Slick. Reissue.

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In this powerful, inspiring volume, former "Late Night America" host and recovering alcoholic Dennis Wholey tells his story. In addition, celebrities from Doc Severinson to Sid Caesar to Jason Robards speak in their own words about the devastating effects of alcoholism.

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Studio: Grand Central Publishing
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 5, 1988
Publisher   Grand Central Publishing
ISBN  0446357588  
ISBN13  9780446357586  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dennis Wholey is a veteran talk-show host and bestselling author who has been interviewing political leaders, celebrities, newsmakers, authors, and experts for television, radio, and books for more than twenty-five years. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Courage to Change, and three subsequent books about personal growth. Dennis Wholey hosts This Is America With Dennis Wholey and Dennis Wholey America! for PBS television stations and Nostalgia Television. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Dennis Wholey was born in 1937.

Dennis Wholey has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Hope and Help for Alcoholics and Their Families

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Recovery > Alcoholism
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Recovery > General
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Recovery > Substance Abuse
4Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Family Health

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Great Buy  Sep 23, 2005
Great buy, would definately recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with the affects of alcohol in their life.
A Powerful Testament  Mar 30, 2005
Alcoholism cuts across all divides, afflicting the young, the old, the rich, the poor, the famous, the unknown. In this very absorbing book, author and interviewer Dennis Wholey meets with a few of them and presents their thoughts on how they became alcoholics, how it affected their lives, and what they did in an effort to control their disease.

The book breaks down into several sections. After a short introduction by actor, singer, and alcoholic Gordon MacRae, Wholey describes his own journey--and then launches into sections titled "The Beginning," "The Progression," "Quitting," and "A New Life," in which the likes of Doc Severinson, Shecky Green, Gary Crosby, Bob Welch, and Thomas Tryon describe their personal experiences with the disease at various stages. Other sections include "The Woman Alcoholic," "Alcoholism and Homosexuality," "Wives and Alcoholic Husbands," and "The Families of Alcoholics."

Although the book finishes out with information on Al-Anon and A.A., it does not actually "preach" either organization as a cure-all for every alcoholic, and several of the interview subjects found relief through various other organizations or techniques.

You might suppose this book will be of interest only to other alcoholics, but that is far from the case. With a broad range of personalities involved--Gale Storm, Jason Robarbs, Grace Slick, and Billy Carter to name but four more--it offers a truly fascinating look into both the individual and the disease. It also offers inspiration for any one who has ever faced the need to make substantial life-changes for any reason.

If there is a flaw in the book, it is that it has a slightly dated quality. Although it offers a section on "The Woman Alcoholic," the emphasis is on men, and the "Alcoholism and Homosexuality" section consists of a single interview that has, in many respects, suffered a great deal from changing attitudes and better research. Even so, while an update would be welcome, COURAGE TO CHANGE remains a powerful testament and inspiration.

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This book changed my life  Nov 14, 1998
When I read The Courage to Change the first time (1987, the original edition) it changed my life because it explained alcoholism in a concrete way that was easy to understand. The stories from alcoholic (and some nonalcoholic) celebrities go a long way toward illustrating the damage this disease causes while showing that you don't have to be the proverbial falling-down drunk or daily drinker to be an alcoholic. The stories also, by the way, are entertaining and show the humanity of some of the household names who tell them. Wholey mixes up the rhythm of this book enough that you don't get bored. Something here for everyone--I've personally bought literally more than 12 copies to give away. I recommend it highly. Thanks, Dennis Wholey!

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