Probably the two most up-to-date accounts of Alcoholics Anonymous Founders - plural - not "founder" are these Alcoholics Anonymous History books by Dick B. and Ken B.:
Alcoholics Anonymous Founder: Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith, affectionately called "Dr. Bob." The book is Dick B. and Ken B., Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous: His Excellent Training in the Good Book as a Youngster in Vermont. See www.dickb.com/drbobofaa.shtml. If you want a great book to circulate among your friends at this year end, that's the book for you. It introduces the entire history of early A.A.'s Roots in the Green Mountain State. It covers the Town of St. Johnsbury, The Great Awakening of 1875 in St. Johnsbury, Dr. Bob's family and church and Academy years. And most students of recovery will be astonished at the details about the role of the YMCA brethren and their revival and conversion meetings. At information about the great evangelists--Dwight L. Moody, Ira D. Sankey, F. B. Meyer, Henry Moorhouse, Allen Folger, and later Billy Sunday. At information about the important and simple program of the Salvation Army publicized in Twice-Born Men by Harold Begbie. At the information about the rescue missions made famous by the conversion work of Jerry McAuley and S.H. Hadley - and later by the decisions for Jesus Christ by Bill Wilson and his sponsor Ebby Thacher at Calvary Rescue Mission in New York. And then at the enormous parallels between the program of the Young People's Christian Endeavor Society and the original Akron program. There's more about Dr. Bob in http://drbob.info, www.dickb.com/drbob, and www.dickb.com/Akron.shtml.
So get schooled in Old School A.A. by learning about its roots with Dr. Bob.
Alcoholics Anonymous Founder: William Griffith Wilson, known as Bill W.. The book is Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W.: More on the Creator's Role in Early A.A. See www.dickb.com/conversion.shtml. If you want the other great book to circulate among your friends as the year closes, then this second book is also for you. It tells you facts you've never heard. Facts that show how early AAs really got well. It tells about the contributions of William James, Carl Jung, William D. Silkworth, Rowland Hazard, Ebby Thacher, Calvary Rescue Mission, Bill's decision at the altar, Bill's blazing white light experience in Towns Hospital, his early witnessing with a Bible under his arm, his marching with Rev. Sam Shoemaker in a processional to Madison Square where the participants carried the sign "Jesus Christ changes lives." It tells you why conversion to God through Jesus Christ became an essential part of the early A.A. program. There's more about Bill and the early factors in www.dickb.com/newlight.shtml, www.dickb/realhistory.shtml, and www.dickb.com/Oxford.shtml.
Two books that will tell you documented, complete, accurate facts about the real roots of Alcohlics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movment--facts you've undoubtedly never heard in or out of A.A. until the last two years when Dick and Ken published these two books.