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Steal This Book [Paperback]

Abbie Hoffman
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28 Jan 2005
A driving force behind the social revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, Hoffman inspired a generation to challenge the status quo. Meant as a practical guide for the aspiring hippie, Steal This Book captures Hoffman's puckish tone and became a cult classic with over 200,000 copies sold. Outrageously illustrated by R. Crumb, it nevertheless conveys a serious message to all would-be revolutionaries: You don't have to take it anymore. "All Power to the Imagination was his credo. Abbie was the best." -- Studs Terkel

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Group (28 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156858217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568582177
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars out of date 28 Feb 2013
By kev
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
useless information wont get you anywhere might have been somewhat helpful in the 70's but definately should have stolen this one
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4.0 out of 5 stars A 60's compendium of ways to beat the "system." 16 May 1997
By A Customer
This book will tell you how to get free phone calls, parking, food, money, drugs and love. A 1960's treatise on beating the "establishment"
at their own games. This collection of rip-offs and cons are all very dated by todays standards.
An entertaining read that will give some insight into the Yippie culture of the late 1960's, the anarchistic twin of the Hippie movement. Yes, my
copy of "Steal This Book" was.
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4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking, entertaining & enlightening 15 May 1998
By A Customer
The first time I read this book was while I was in 7th grade. At the time, growing up in a rural Pennsylvania community, this book and it's subjects provoked a great deal of excitement in the youth that read it and consternation among the adults that hadn't. True to his reputation, Abbey provided shock value for a meager price when the book was taken at "face value" as was "ours". It's a sad commemtary that while we read this book and spared th community from the ravishes of our new found knowledge, the same proposition today would scare the hell out of me as a parent in our present social climate. Still, provoking thought is as good a reason to read as any, so when my daughter is old enough she will be encouraged to read Abbey as I had. The only exception being, her copy will be given. Rest in peace Abbey.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth a conviction 9 Jun 1999
By A Customer
When asked to give a guest lecture at San Jose State University, I used pages from the chapter on People's Chemistry as my handouts. The class was on education and my lecture was titled Burn Down All Public Schools.
It was a lot of fun.
Hoffman was a celebrity and an icon and you typically had strong feelings about him but there are two facts that are often overlooked:
One: He was an original.
Two: He was an exceptionally talented writer.
This book is a gem.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Outdated rubbish 26 Nov 2010
By tinboy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Do not even waste your time stealing this book, it's outdated American rubbish. It is full of silly party tricks which may of been middle class fun back in the sixties but it has no bearing in todays modern world. the author breezes through dangerous ideas with simplistic, childish stupidity, using such 'in words' like pigs, bread and so on. And if one was to throw bombs at the police then at least wipe your prints off and note where the CCTV, helicopters, marksmen and undercover police are first! My copy went straight into the 'trash can' to coin an american term.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but enthraling 7 Nov 2010
By Kicker
I was told about "Steal this book" fourty years ago when on a Kibbutz with some Amerikans as Abbie calls them. My library at University kept telling me that the book did not exist. Perhaps they thought I would steal it! In the Amazon internet age finding a book is now so easy. Almost everything in "Steal this Book" is now out of date, I wonder if any of the long lists of addresses for organisations long since forgotten has a grandmother who has been sitting by the phone for 20 years waiting for it to ring? For all that its a great read stories of a time long past. Is it me getting older or does the modernish introduction seem just a little bit like a wolf howling in the wilderness or was it ever thus? So dont read this if you want to cheat the telephone company but do read it if you want a look back at US social history.
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