The authors are a wife and husband team. She is a retired recreation therapist and an ordained Protestant minister; he is a retired computer scientist. They have written an intimate biography of a woman who was one of the most important public health figures of the twentieth century. Mrs. Marty Mann was a pioneer in the understanding and treatment of alcoholism from the time that she was well into recovery in her 30s until her death in 1980 at age 76. She was one of the first women to embrace Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and achieve long-term sobriety through it. She grew up as a wealthy child and young woman who was attractive, smart, and talented, and she was successful in spite of a bout of pulmonary tuberculosis in her late teens. In her late 20s she became seriously alcoholic and lost nearly everything. She attempted suicide. She fell or jumped from a second-story window and spent months in orthopedic care, where she managed to continue drinking. She relapsed several times during her first year of recovery and again, briefly, after about 20 years of sobriety.