The Anarchist Cookbook

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Igal Meirovich, 2012 - 162 pages
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The Anarchist Cookbook will shock, it will disturb, it will provoke. It places in historical perspective an era when "Turn on, Burn down, Blow up" are revolutionary slogans of the day. Says the author" "This book... is not written for the members of fringe political groups, such as the Weatherman, or The Minutemen. Those radical groups don't need this book. They already know everything that's in here. If the real people of America, the silent majority, are going to survive, they must educate themselves. That is the purpose of this book." In what the author considers a survival guide, there is explicit information on the uses and effects of drugs, ranging from pot to heroin to peanuts. There i detailed advice concerning electronics, sabotage, and surveillance, with data on everything from bugs to scramblers. There is a comprehensive chapter on natural, non-lethal, and lethal weapons, running the gamut from cattle prods to submachine guns to bows and arrows. The section on explosives and booby traps ranges from TNT to whistle traps. One hundred and eleven drawings supplement the recipes. "This book is for anarchists," says William Powell, "Those who feel able to discipline themselves on all the subjects from drugs, to weapons, to explosives) that are currently illegal in this country." Techniques, disciplines, precautions, and warnings pervade what may be the most disquieting "how-to" book of contemporary times.

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User Review  - sgwinn82 - LibraryThing

Interesting book. I gave it 3 stars because I don't know how accurate it is. Explosives and booby traps are not my forte. I actually bought it at our local bookstore just to keep it out of the hands of some of the wackos that live here. 8| Read full review

Best book ever....but

User Review  - Venus F. -

The eco.Green stuff is and was a load of bs. Even the greats werent immune to all the liers. Other than that this book should be up there with The Little Red Hen and The Emporors New Clothes. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

William Ralph Powell was born in Roslyn, Long Island, New York on December 6, 1949. In late 1969, he was working at a bookstore in Greenwich Village when he decided to quit his job to research and write The Anarchist Cookbook. At the time, he was angry at the government and the Vietnam War. The Anarchist Cookbook, a diagram- and recipe-filled manifesto, is believed to have been used as a source in heinous acts of violence since its publication in 1971 including the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, the Columbine High School shootings in 1999, and the attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona in 2011. He received a bachelor's degree from Windham College and a master's degree in English from Manhattanville College. His early teaching career focused on children with emotional and learning needs. He moved overseas in 1979 and worked in Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Malaysia, where he taught marginalized children and trained teachers in how to better include them in the classroom. He eventually renounced the book and expressed his regret about writing it. He died of a heart attack on July 11, 2016 at the age of 66. A documentary about him, American Anarchist, was released in 2017.

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