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The Anarchist Cookbook [Paperback]

William Powell
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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1 Nov 1971
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 sub-machine 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.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ozark Press, LLC; Reissue edition (1 Nov 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818400048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818400049
  • ASIN: 0974458902
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the book that started it all 28 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Well, this is it. The original underground illegal infomation publication. It caused a lot of debate when it was first relesed, back in the seventies. Now it is very out of date, with a lot of references that apply only to US laws and lifestyle. The recipies don't work all the time - many are dangerously unstable. Yet, parts are still releviant to today, in the UK. A must buy, simply because it is a classic. And don't think that you wont waste your money and download it, because there isn't a full copy on the Net.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fatally erroneous, but a classic nevertheless 8 Nov 2003
By A Customer
After being inspired by the webpages scattered throughout the Internet known loosely as 'The Anarchist Cookbook', I came across this, and I can only assume that the web-based versions are imitations of this - needless to say large amounts of it can be found freely on the Internet, but lacking the hand-drawn diagrams of the 'real McCoy'. However, this book should not be taken seriously. Not only is it at least 20 years old, but in over 15 publishings it has never been updated. William Powell, at the time, claimed he got his information from secret sources of his. Now, he is trying in vain to get this book taken out of print (some legal loophole or other prevents this from happening). This book contains hugely erroneous information, which, if taken seriously, may maim or kill you. Search the internet for 'anarchist cookbook error' and you will understand. And its author does not endorse it. It is a timeless classic, but is by no means the definitive 'be-all-and-end-all' of anarchist treachery. And now that the price has risen from 16 to 30 it hardly seems worthwhile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie 23 July 1998
By A Customer
I have been following these types of books for years and, since the hippie movement, this would be considered the great grandfather of anarchists books. Just remember though, just because grand-dad is old, doesn't mean he is right. Or for that matter, it doesn't even mean that he has a clue...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With power comes responsibility 24 Aug 2011
By Lux
Format:Kindle Edition
First published in the turbulent '60's, this book has attained a sort of cult status for that time. It reflects many of the mores and problems of that generation of young people, and is worth it for a read for that, if for no other reason.
So far as bomb-making and all of that, the book is technically good, but the methodology involving use of nitrogen compounds, particularly red, fuming nitric acid and cotton, to make guncotton, is fundamentally ununsound and unsafe. You could blow a hand off or worse very easily, following Powell's directions. I think "The Monkeywrench Gang" and others of its genre are more in tune with today's eco-warrior desires. Also, the book never mentions the superiority of Oxydol and its green beads, as a binding agent for homemade napalm. For shame.

Even with these quibbles, the book is entertaining, and offers a clear glimpse into the mentality of a now-settled generation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all it is cracked up to be 5 April 2014
By loaded
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you don't take yourself, the EU or this book too seriously, it is a bit of fun. Some experiments are dangerous. I bought it, if only to annoy people of a Tony Blair ilk by keeping it on my coffee table.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its exactly what it sounds like. 10 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Its an interesting read if you're actually interested in the introduction to anarchy opening, full of historical and sociological references to the concept of anarchy but as a treatise rather undeveloped.
On the other hand if you're a teenage moron who wants to blow stuff up in his back garden then this is exactly what you're looking for right before you start looking for your fingers.
Its an amusing ornamental book best kept on display but out of reach of stupid people.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Use with caution 28 April 2001
By A Customer
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest only in the methods used in this book, I am in the British Army and I can say from experiance "The methods used are only best used if you understand them 100%". The making of bombs or other things in this book are unstable and will cause you to hurt yourself or kill your self. You have been warned.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This book is outdated.... 25 May 1998
By A Customer
Putting any of the information given out in this book to use would be suicide, as all of the techniques listed inside are outdated to say the very least...not to knock it's great historical value though, as it will always be a staple for any true anarchist! If anything this book is a novelty item.
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Published 3 days ago by Liam Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is in great condition and when I read through it
Bought this book as an impulse buy, was concerned at first about buying this item as I come from Northern Ireland and the attention it might bring to my door. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Irish_ste
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Good book worth a read for the mordern anorchist hints tips and tricks that could get you in alot of trouble haha
Published 4 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars rare
a rare book which has a lot of detail inside which is useful if you want to learn more about certain things ;-)
Published 4 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The book is superb and incredibly accurate, all of the explosives work and i'm genuinely chuffed with the whole thing. Well worth buying.
Published 8 months ago by Shea
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Slightly boring, it's not a book it's more like one giant list. Most of the information in it is outdated the recipes are extremely unstable it's actually a big waste of money.
Published 10 months ago by J. Higgins
3.0 out of 5 stars outdated issues
Indeed, I did a lot of research and the writter himself, William Powell tried to recall the book few years after it was released. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
great book to have teaches ya a lot of what is says it will very easy to understand great book
Published 10 months ago by conor
4.0 out of 5 stars Very ineresting
This product has allsorts of amazingly interesting concepts inside, a fantastic read in my opinion, don't buy if your after a light read.
Published 14 months ago by Connor Mayhew
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable!
It is completely unreadable, for people with IQ: room temperature.
Complete junk, would not recommend, even to idiots. I feel stupid for buying it!
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