Table of Contents

Introduction : addiction recovery and the world as it should be.
The drunkard's conversion and the salvation of the social order.
"What a radical found in Water Street".
The varieties of conversion polemic.
New Deal individualism and the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Literary realism and the secularization of the drunkard's conversion.
The drinker's epiphany in modernist literature.
The iceman cometh and the drama of disillusion.
Recovery memoir and the crack-up of liberalism.
Conclusion : addiction in a new era of recovery.