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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the book that started it all
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 Now it is very out of date, with a lot of references that apply only to US laws and lifestyle.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...
Published on 28 Mar 2000

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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fatally erroneous, but a classic nevertheless
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...
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the book that started it all, 28 Mar 2000
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This review is from: The Anarchist Cookbook (Paperback)
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 Now it is very out of date, with a lot of references that apply only to US laws and lifestyle.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 66 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fatally erroneous, but a classic nevertheless, 8 Nov 2003
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all it is cracked up to be, 5 April 2014
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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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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Use with caution, 28 April 2001
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars This book is outdated...., 25 May 1998
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who wants to know it all, 10 Nov 1998
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A very well written book - never fully reproduced on the net, though some peices are lying around. If you ever wanted to know about drugs, explosives, et al. this book is for you.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous, 24 May 2006
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This book is very informative as to how to get yourself killed. Being a student of chemistry i can safely say that THE RECIPIES IN THIS BOOK ARE VERY INACCURATE. It's more of a good read than an explosives manual, if you want to make a bomb, look elsewhere.

On the whole a very good read, but don't take it seriously.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too good to be true, 29 Sep 2014
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If you're planning on buying this for educational purposes, it will only teach you one lesson; this book is a scam. So apparently what passes for "detailed" instructions is merely drawing a diagram and labelling it with the vaguest tags possible. For example, the TNT "instructions" were just a group of squares with no practicality; one was even labelled: 'battery'. There isn't a universal battery, and no other information was included. I'm afraid the only thing I will be blowing up is this book in a bonfire. If it weren't for the interesting introduction of anarchism, this would have gotten 1 star.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie, 23 July 1998
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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 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With power comes responsibility, 24 Aug 2011
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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