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Perhaps the most notorius How To manual on the market. This is the most asked for book that we know of. Is it any good? Well, it's now in its 29th printing since 1971, has chapters on home preparation of weapons, electronics, drugs, and explosives. Extensively illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 160 pp., softcover....

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Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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The Anarchist Cookbook Reviews

  • Brandon
    2019-03-05 07:32

    This book is getting all sorts of bad reviews. Its got people who don't like the concept of making drugs from bananas and peanuts. But it does have some things that prove useful. most of this book is crap, but some of it has been very useful in wasting a summer day making fireworks and other various experiments.And don't be dumb enough to try to make drugs from 200 pounds of bananas. If you're dumb enough to buy 200 pounds of bananas, you're probably already on drugs.

  • Mike
    2019-03-12 07:20

    I love this book because of its commentary on America. By that I don't mean to say that the rambling bs of the author is valid or insightful. I don't think the nutmeg or banana trippin is real or warrants a read. I do not believe the bomb making tutorials are the best to be found.No what I love about this book is how blatantly useless it is, while somehow managing to be so feared and despised. I've heard a lot of people over the years say that ownership of this book is just cause for outrageous searches and punishments, that anybody with this book has a severe predilection to violence and that the book should be banned. Obviously those people haven't actually looked at this book.But, it seems to my eye that that is a succinct observation about modern America. We don't care about substance, we care about hype. We don't need to see proof, we just need to hear scary background music. We don't need to read a book to see if it is really the devil's best attempt to destroy humanity, we just need to believe as we're told.At least we're the home of the brave in our songs.

  • Alex
    2019-03-06 05:42

    I learned many valuable things from this book, like the fact that smoking banana peels will not actually get you high, at least not the way Ryan and I did it, but it will give you a headache. Actually that's all I learned. I dimly remember looking at the pipe bomb bit and thinking wow, that looks dangerous, I shouldn't do that.I thought it would be fun to grab a copy of this, but a) it turns out that it's $24 which seems like a lot and b) here is a statement from William Powell:I have recently been made aware of several websites that focus on The Anarchist Cookbook. As the author of the original publication some 30 plus years ago, it is appropriate for me to comment.The Anarchist Cookbook was written during 1968 and part of 1969 soon after I graduated from high school. At the time, I was 19 years old and the Vietnam War and the so-called "counter culture movement" were at their height. I was involved in the anti-war movement and attended numerous peace rallies and demonstrations. The book, in many respects, was a misguided product of my adolescent anger at the prospect of being drafted and sent to Vietnam to fight in a war that I did not believe in.I conducted the research for the manuscript on my own, primarily at the New York City Public Library. Most of the contents were gleaned from Military and Special Forces Manuals. I was not member of any radical group of either a left or right wing persuasion.I submitted the manuscript directly to a number of publishers without the help or advice of an agent. Ultimately, it was accepted by Lyle Stuart Inc. and was published verbatim - without editing - in early 1970. Contrary to what is the normal custom, the copyright for the book was taken out in the name of the publisher rather than the author. I did not appreciate the significance of this at the time and would only come to understand it some years later when I requested that the book be taken out of print.The central idea to the book was that violence is an acceptable means to bring about political change. I no longer agree with this.Apparently in recent years, The Anarchist Cookbook has seen a number of 'copy cat' type publications, some with remarkably similar titles (Anarchist Cookbook II, III etc). I am not familiar with these publications and cannot comment upon them. I can say that the original Anarchist Cookbook has not been revised or updated in any way by me since it was first published.During the years that followed its publication, I went to university, married, became a father and a teacher of adolescents. These developments had a profound moral and spiritual effect on me. I found that I no longer agreed with what I had written earlier and I was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the ideas that I had put my name to. In 1976 I became a confirmed Anglican Christian and shortly thereafter I wrote to Lyle Stuart Inc. explaining that I no longer held the views that were expressed in the book and requested that The Anarchist Cookbook be taken out of print. The response from the publisher was that the copyright was in his name and therefore such a decision was his to make - not the author's. In the early 1980's, the rights for the book were sold to another publisher. I have had no contact with that publisher (other than to request that the book be taken out of print) and I receive no royalties.Unfortunately, the book continues to be in print and with the advent of the Internet several websites dealing with it have emerged. I want to state categorically that I am not in agreement with the contents of The Anarchist Cookbook and I would be very pleased (and relieved) to see its publication discontinued. I consider it to be a misguided and potentially dangerous publication which should be taken out of print.William PowellSo, I mean, jeez, it doesn't seem so fun now, I guess.

  • sologdin
    2019-03-18 10:21

    Worst Misnomer candidate here. Though introductory essay is written by someone who claims to be an anarchist, it contains some odd proclamations, such as the claim that Marx in Capital contends that state socialism is ‘feudal reactionary’ (12); this may well be true, though I can’t recall the passage, and no citation is provided. It is nevertheless contrary to the well-known passages from the Critique of the Gotha Programme wherein the famous two-phase revolution is laid out: socialism first, wherein the state is used to develop the productive forces and protect the revolution from the reactionaries, and communism second, wherein the state withers away and everyone basks in awesomeness.Text proper is a mess. Proclaims that it is addressed to the “silent majority” so that they might “protect themselves against the fascists, capitalists, and communists” (27). States without irony that “the principles the United States was born with are about the best there are. So now revolution comes to mean revitalization, bringing America back to where she was two hundred years ago. This is the first time that I’ve thought of myself as a reactionary” (id.). Alrighty, then!Author contends that “the only laws that an individual can truly respect and obey are those he instills in himself” (29). Am not seeing how this is part of anarchist doctrine; it is rather the primary principle, if it is in fact a principle, underlying the practice of lumpenized antisocial nihilists.Chapter 1 concerns narcotics. There is no theoretical elaboration of WTF this has to do with anarchist political doctrine. It is certainly a text on the culinary arts, as it includes a recipe for marihuana brownies (37), inter alia. Credibility is damaged to the extent that author is apparently sufficiently credulous to believe that banana peels are intoxicants (55 ff.). Dude also embraces nutmeg and glue as intoxicants (58) as well as venomous toads (57). FFS. Is this Beavis & Butthead? FFS.Chapter 2 concerns surveillance and related topics—generally a bunch of now-antiquated wiretapping discussion. Apparently, “the real duty of the revolutionary is to create and expose intolerable oppression” (61) (emphasis added). ORLY?! We learn that “so-called ‘revolutionary’ students in the colleges and universities are fighting for abstract ideals” (id.), which is bad, mmkay, whereas folks in the “rural South” are fighting for their “communities” (id.). Revolutionaries who work with unions nevertheless will never form a bond with the proletariat “by shouting Marxist dogma” (id.). So, yeah, barf. Advocates by contrast that the “same type of terrorism is being practiced in every ghetto of this country today [i.e., state on citizen violence], and it is my firm belief that the only way to stop it is to show everyone what terrorism is all about, and that two can play at the same game”(64). Charming.Includes, in a surreal maneuver for an alleged revolutionary, a listing of shoppes wherein one might purchase electronics equipment for surveillance & countersurveillance purposes (70-71)—which is essentially an advertisement. Level of intellectual rigor is otherwise revealed in passages such as: America at this point is operating on a life-size Monopoly board. Everyone who isn’t in jail or going directly to jail is buying and selling thousands of pieces of paper, with absolute seriousness of purpose, unable to realize that there will only be one winner, and when he gets out of jail, he’s going to kick all of their asses. (71)In boasting of how much ‘research’ he conducted in order to draft the ‘cookbook,’ dude “encompassed almost all extremities of the political spectrum, from far left to far right. These extremities are so alike, and could be so powerful if they ever get over their preconceived impressions of each other and started to communicate” (71). Ugh. What possibly could the teabaggers and the KKK and the birchers and the objectivists and the Minutemen and the Idaho panhandle fascists and the Montana separatists and the southern secessionists and the mad NRx internet fedora-hatters communicate to someone like me, a Frankfurt Marxist attorney with training in the arts, hostility for religion and nationalism, and sympathy for post-structuralism? There is no common ground there; there can be no common ground. Weirdly cites to Nkrumah for the proposition that the revolution must always communicate the truth to the people at multiple levels (72). Whatever do you mean, Mr. Anarchist Cooker? How can an anarchist who has a right-wing background understand or relate to a left-wing anarchist, who uses Marxist terminology? This forces the underground to communicate with many different frames of reference. This hasn’t happened in this country: Everyone from far left to the far right is hung up with dogmatic ideals, overused terminology, and is absolutely blind to practicality. (id).(Emphasis added).Down my way, we refer to this as severe Dunning-Kruger effect.In the section on sabotage involving explosives, dude has the unmitigated gall to proclaim that “I do not speak of the tactics of nihilism, breaking windows and setting garbage cans on fire, for they accomplish nothing” (74). No, not nihilistic at all; rather, “I viewed myself as a saver of identities, as the Messiah of the Spirit of Individualism” (id.); but “there people didn’t want to be saved” (id.). So: “I was going to turn them all on to acid, but then I decided that a better tactic would be to screw up the object of their emulation, the computer” (id.). (So, is this just Kaczynski’s primitivism?)Operative principles, disclosed incrementally like bread crumbs in the forest of faerie, do not suggest any leftwing bona fides: There is no justice in bureaucracy for the individual, for bureaucracy caters only to itself. The writers, artists, and poets of the revolution will have a job that has never before in history been so great, for they must create a value structure for the New World, for The New American. (76)And just in case the Nietzschean overtones are too subtle in that bit, it follows up with self-overcoming obsessiveness, also straight from the Zarathustra: “To be successful, man must change himself, the individual must have a revolution within himself” (id).Chapter 3 is weapon porn. Begins with the lumpenized antisocial nihilist premise that “There is no justice left in the system. The only real justice is that which the individual creates for himself, and the individual is helpless without a gun” (78). Good job? Candor: “This may sound like the dogma expounded by radical rightwing groups, like the Minute Men. It is” (id.). (cf. my comments on the Minute Men manual.)Why ever would he mess with this stuff? “Unity is the only way in which the people in this country can overthrow the fascists, communists, capitalists, and all the other assholes who claim running a representative government is so difficult” (id.) Uh?Begins the gun porn section with foreplay regarding hand-to-hand combats, including gems such as “a clapping motion over the victim’s ears can kill him also immediately” (79). There follows a bunch of bullshit on knives, improvised weapons, and so on. And then guns. Guns after guns. Pages and pages of pistols and rifles, with prices and places to shop. It’s a fucking joke; it’s fucking gross. (Thereafter author presents poison gas recipes, including diagrams of laboratory setups.) Along with prices, it has drawings; it is accordingly reminiscent of a Dungeons & Dragons weaponry manual, but only for lumpenized pseudo-radicals who want to overthrow da gubmint in order to support da Constatooshun. (A fairly amazing view, considering that the government currently existing in the United States is precisely what is described in the Constitution thereof. Duh?) By contrast, one'd think that a proper anarchist would disagree vehemently with the Constitution (NB: his statements otherwise that the only law and justice that matter are self-oriented.)Advises that “the major cause of the failure of the Minute-Men” is that “they have the weapons, but not the training or the technical know-how” (87), citing again weirdly to Nkrumah for the proposition that the guerrilla must be trained in the “justness and the reality of his cause” (id.). “It is impossible to explain Mao’s principles to a 14-year old. For that reason, the educators of the revolution must get rid of the archaic terminology, and speak to people, rather than down to them” (id.), because apparently the purpose of education is to flatter & comfort, the reaffirmation & reinscription of error, rather than to diagnose & cure, the confrontation with & uplifting from idiocy. Motherfucker. Motherfucker.Author’s enlightened ideas on firearms: “Every person, whether in wartime or not, should keep a pistol and rifle in his house at all times” (93). “A true man [!], in the real sense of the word [as opposed to the false sense?], is like a wild animal [?], in that his freedom, and the freedom of his family, is based on one factor: his ability to protect himself and his family [women can’t have grrrrrns, I guess?] from outside restrictions” (id). Apparently the United States has evolved to the point that “men believe they are men, just because of their birthright,” which is not really controversial, since the vast majority of persons are in fact assigned a sex at birth, but “if that is true, then, by the same logic, an animal held captive in a zoo is still a wild free beast” (id.). Because being not a ‘man’ is apparently exactly identical to being caged in a zoo? Is that uncharitable? Not really: A male must make himself a man, he must enable himself to stand up on two legs, unafraid because he has confidence in his own security and in his own power. There is no place for emotionally or politically cuckolded [!] people in the society I speak of. Survival of the fittest. If we must have violence, then let it be real violence, let it be for survival, and not halfway around the world for ‘ideals.’ Emasculation, if allowed to take place, can lower a man or woman [!] to the state of a domesticated, well-trained animal: performing tricks, begging for food, and relying totally on an outside force for his right to survive. (id.)So, yeah. It’s indistinguishable from neo-reactionary and other crypto-fascistic bullshit.Chapter 4 concerns explosives. The political maturity is well-established by comments such as The actual application of explosives can be a really thrilling and satisfying experience. I have a friend who worked with demolitions in the Middle East, and he has told me on several occasions that an explosion for him was an experience very similar to a sexual orgasm. (112)We are therefore not surprised when he outs himself conclusively as an arriere garde philistine: When I use the term revolution, I do not use it in the same context or with the same meaning of Che Guevara, or Lenin, or anyone else. I see ‘the revolution’ as a humanistic change, which may or may not incorporate violence. It must be a revitalization [cf. Griffin! Cf. Paxton! Cf. Neumann! Cf. Lemkin!] of the American system to take us back [?!] to the real moral and political principles adopted in 1776 [!!!!!!!]. Maybe I am not a revolutionary [ORLY!], but then it is all terminology, and more intolerance [!] has sprung out of semantic misunderstandings than any other cause [?!?!]. (112-13) Thereafter follow instructions (who knows how reliable) for the home manufacture of nitro glycerin, trinitrotoluene, and other explosives—pages and pages and pages. A good indicator of author’s sense of responsibility: Probably the most hazardous explosive compound of all is nitrogen tri-iodide. Strangely enough, it is very popular with high schools chemists, who do not have the vaguest idea of what they are doing [whereas author by contrast has a PhD in applied chemistry?]. The reason for its popularity may be the ready availability of the ingredients, but it is so sensitive to friction that a fly landing on it has been known to detonate it [?]. The recipe has only been included as a warning and as a curiosity. It should not be used. (121)After many pages of bombs and traps and whatnot, concludes with a political postscript, wherein author wonders why “with so many so-called ‘intelligent’ people running about that we still had a state, a government, a bunch of archaic laws” (154). Rather, “I don’t particularly care if it’s legal, illegal, moral, immoral, or amoral. I want to do it, so I do it. The only laws a man can truly respect are the ones he makes for himself” (id). Needless to say, this is very far removed from any known leftwing doctrine, and is contrary to most traditional rightwing doctrines. It is manifestly lumpenized antisocial nihilism. Cites then to Heinlein’s Moon is a Harsh Mistress for the proposition that taxation is evil (id). Author then proceeds to offer “common sense legal advice” (he is not an attorney, as far as I can discern). Gems here include the thesis that “If you are held for questioning, you are treated the same way as if you were arrested, but you have none of the legal rights you have if you are under arrest” (155)—this is a false proposition of law in the United States, incidentally—and that “Judges get pissed off when defendants try to defend themselves. I was once called ‘a dirty layman,’ when trying to defend myself in a civil case, by some old asshole judge” (156). (NB: ‘defend oneself’ is normally a criminal law concept; author means that he proceeded pro se in a civil matter, and apparently presented disingenuous arguments in court.)Concludes with the illiberal proposition that “Freedom is based on respect, and respect must be earned by the spilling of blood” (157). So, yeah, one of the worst texts ever written, up there with Ayn Rand, Papa Freds Hayek, and so on.Recommended for those with an absolute hatred of vending machines, readers who hate demonstrations because they are sponsored by the government to give cops a heyday, and persons who do not know what they are doing and therefore the chances are extremely great that they will blow their heads off.

  • Zany
    2019-02-19 10:37

    In my personal library. Well. This was... interesting. Also slightly disappointing. I'd been hearing about this book in hushed conversations for as long as I can recall, and by its very controversial nature I'd determined one day to read it. I thought it was relatively modern. I was saddened to learn it was written in the late 60s. Result: much of the technological tomfoolery is no longer valid. Still, there are some cool things: recipes for LSD; how to hotwire a pre-1964 Chevy; how to build silencers; recipes for nitroglycerin, TNT; and the best placings for those concoctions to disable various types of bridges. But the instructions seemed very rudimentary to me. They mostly reminded me of the Monty Python skit where they give you instructions on how to play the flute (see link. It's well worth the watch)., the most interesting aspect is how I acquired this book. Found it at an estate sale in my neighbourhood. The house was literally over-packed with thousands of old books ($1 each!), mostly junk like Reader's Digest Condensed versions of Dickens, Proust, Hugo. The Cookbook seemed very out of place, and indeed, out of place is where I found it. With books all over the house, I found the Cookbook sitting by itself on a table of knickknacks, supervised by one of the sellers. Being that the Cookbook seemed intentionally separated from the thousands of other tomes, I assumed its price might be equally different. I asked, "How much?"He said, "Not for sale. Gonna burn it later today."I replied, "Hahaha. I understand. You could get put on a federal watch list just for owning that thing".He responded with something akin to, "Yep," which carried a tone of "I'm not gonna let this book get into the hands of any impressionable youth. 'Murica's not gonna be compromised, not on my watch."And I walked away, feigning as much ambivalence as possible, all the while knowing in my heart that I was not going to let that man burn that book. No, not on my watch.I continued perusing the junk-- old records, 8 track tapes, lamps with dingy shades, though never letting that book out of my peripheral vision for more than 30 seconds. Guy at the knickknack table seemed pretty sure of himself, as if the very fact that he had the book sitting on the table in front of him meant that the book's fate was solidified, and that mere hours hence, it would be ashes.I wandered about the house for an agonising 25 minutes, surreptitiously glancing at him at his table, listening as he answered questions from little old ladies about the prices of small porcelain doggy salt-and-pepper shakers. I waited, biding my time. He couldn't remain seated forever. Then it happened! He got up to go help some octogenarian discern the value of a piebald quilt in a bedroom.I followed them into the bedroom to gauge approximately his level of commitment regarding the negotiation of this sought-after quilt. I didn't want to make my move too soon and have him appear suddenly back at the table as I was grasping the Cookbook.The words they were exchanging gave an indication that there would have to be at least 75 more words between them before he could return to his table. Given their rates of speech and figuring in the amount of silence required between the end of one person's statement and the beginning of the other's, I calculated that I had a solid 45 second window. I made my move.I went back to the table, picked up the most famous Cookbook in the world, and took it to the sweet little lady running the register at the front door. She smiled and asked if that would be all. I said yes. She said, "That'll be one dollar".I handed her the required dollar and we exchanged thank-yous. I walked out the front door and into the most wonderfully sunshiny day I'd seen in years. Not only had I found a treasure, but I had saved a book from being burned by an information-suppressing Nazi. Life had meaning that day, my friends. Life. Had. Meaning.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-05 02:24

    I'm probably already on some government lists thanks to this book, so what's another entry. To hide the book from my parents, I ripped out the pages of 'Children's Stories of the Bible' and glued the AC in its place. I think I actually tried the nutmeg method of getting stoned when I was 13. It didn't work. A lot of the stuff in this book didn't work. Still a great read. I can picture a sweaty William Powell trading banana-skin hash to his buddy to do the illustrations. I liked the random quotes from Marx and Eugene Debs.

  • Chefwood
    2019-03-08 07:31

    LAME!!! Could also be titled,"A Big Long List of Crap That You Must Be Stoned to Even Consider Trying in The First Place, Because You Will Probably Die or Cause Yourself Permanant Brain & Bodily Damage".

  • Kirk Bresniker
    2019-02-26 09:42

    So my brother gave me this as a joke a long time ago and it sat in a drawer and I didn't think much of it. I can remember when we were in high school that this was something that people passed around or talked about. Somehow the topic of the book came up with my son who is now in eighth grade, so I got it out and looked through it with him. From the forward on "Anarchism Today" through the sections on telephone sabotage, it is an anachronism, and if it is possible, verging on quaint. The instructions themselves are the barest of sketches and would most likely do the most damage to the unfortunate person trying to follow them. Nostalgia is the biggest draw for the book, not for the information, but for a time when this was the way that information had to be distributed by rogue presses and hand drawn sketches. It was still enough to get my son sent to the principal's office when a teacher saw it in his backpack at school, which left me bouncing back and forth between annoyed at my son and amused because the information is so useless compared to what a google or youtube search would get.

  • Will Hassett
    2019-03-18 10:16

    I remember my older brother telling me how hard it was to find this book. He said it wasn't any good at all but it was more for show. He was definately right. This book is more likely to get you killed then it is to get you high or make a bomb. I don't think any of the so called 'anarchist recipes' work in this book. Sadly I tried the 'bananadine'. Doesn't work at all. Just tastes bad. But like my brother said this book is just for show. It's pretty entertaining and funny to read but if your dumb enough to actually try the stupid recipes in this book then you need some help. Nevertheless it's a fun book to read.

  • Wes
    2019-02-19 07:43


  • Jesse
    2019-02-22 05:34

    I recently found this in an old keepsake box and thought it was funny enough that I decided to use it for my profile pic. Don't worry, I'm not going to blow you up. In fact, I couldn't, if I was only using information from this outdated, wildly inaccurate book. As a kid, I ordered this from Barricade Books, which also offered Vietnam-era military training manuals and the like. My friends and I knew immediately from the hilariously crude illustrations and rambling diatribes that the information was suspect at best. The Poor Man's James Bond was a much more reliable book on booby traps and improvised weapons, even if it was written by a right-wing survivalist lunatic.But Cookbook is still an amusing read. I admit, we tried the "bananadine" recipe. Nothing except a coughing fit. Unbeknownst to us at the time, the idea of getting high on banana peels is a hoax, and the book's author fell for it.

  • Richard Kelly
    2019-02-28 10:15

    This book has a terrible reputation for inspiring bad behavior. Now it isn't the books fault, it doesn't tell you to do anything, but we are used to be being sheltered from the dangerous.The book itself is hard to review as it doesn't have any literary merit. Instead it is a collection of instructions to make, break, or alter different things. Recalling the book now, it just seemed like a collection of random things you might hear rumors of in a school yard or maybe some modern myths if you will. Not sure what of them actually work as I didn't read it to make bombs, but to see what the fuss was about.The sections on "phreaking" or stealing cable, phone service, free long distance, stealing from public machines... I would imagine that is all out dated and useless.The section on household intoxicants. (IE: Catnip, cough syrup, bananas...) That is all over the internet now and is truly common knowledge for anyone who would be interested in it.The rest from what I remember were makeshift bombs. Which has been displayed all over fictional media from espionage television to mainstream movies such as fight club.For the time it was shocking and possibly frightening to know that all the information was compiled into one place, but in today's world it is uninspired and blown off as common knowledge.

  • Lesley Arrowsmith
    2019-02-19 03:29

    In the dim and distant past, when I worked for the Metropolitan Police Library, we were asked to find this book for one of the officers. The only legally held copy in the country, in a library that was prepared to lend it to us, was at the Royal Ordnance Library - and we had to send it back.So I got the job of photocopying the entire book so that the Met could have their own copy (for all I know, it's still there).I found it fascinating - tips on growing pot; what it felt like to take peyote; how to kill someone with a certainly opened my eyes!

  • Paul
    2019-03-06 10:21

    Too many recipes in this book are dangerous and/or have the possibility of failure. The author at the time was pretty much uninformed and untrained in the usage of most of these tips and tricks. For a better handbook on the subject check out "Anarchist Cookbook 2000" or "New and Improved Anarchist Cookbook," both of which are available in PDF format online and are in some ways better (more informed, more recent) and yet more dangerous.PMZ

  • Hamid Reza
    2019-03-08 02:34

    Teaching self proclaimed anarchists how to sabotage society, injure and kill others and wreak havoc. What can possibly go wrong?!

  • Christine Kenney
    2019-03-20 03:43

    Skimmed after watching the American Anarchist documentary to more fully savor the irony of the situation (author goes on to be an educator of at-risk youth). The intro didn't further my understanding of anarchist philosophy because it was so steeped in Nixonian era current events and seemed to use anarchism interchangeably with nihilism and Marxism. Maybe those who were alive in the 70's could help translate for those of us who came of age after the fall of the USSR.While I wasn't looking for a how-to on this content, it seems that the internet could offer a far more thorough overview.

  • Joshua Allison
    2019-02-24 03:41

    Shhhh.. don't tell anyone.

  • Kobe Vermilya
    2019-03-08 04:27

    It's a small book with horrible bits of knowledge, but it's interesting. It's not really something worth reading to be honest. Most of the things in it are boring and worthless knowledge.

  • Neri.
    2019-02-28 09:31

    A great how-to for everyone. Although, there were some chapters that made me cringe, but I can't promise I won't use any of this stuff...

  • Nico Battersby
    2019-03-17 08:22

    Considering many of the recipes are either too old to work, dangerous to the maker or straight up lies - I'd suggest to avoid this book.

  • Todd N
    2019-02-20 06:17

    I've always been curious about this book, so when I heard it mentioned on Rachel Maddow's show a few days ago I searched for it on Google. The PDF was one of the first hits. (No way I was going to pay the publisher any money, especially after the author has disavowed the book and asked that it not be published any more.)This book works best as an artifact of the 70's, in particular the bummery part of the 70's. There is a lot of talk about revolution, freeing one's mind, and standing up to the man. The philosophy weaved through the book, such as it is, was probably a pretty groovy rap for picking up girls with long hair and headbands, but I don't think it could survive the morning sun and running out of pot.The first chapter is on drugs because I mean what's the point of revolution if your mind is still in chains, right? Some of the recipes are downright ludicrous like how to get high from bananas and peanut shells. But this is what life was like before the Internet. Misinformation moved slowly like bugs in amber, not like the crazy water bugs we have 30+ years later.Then there is a delightful chapter on bugging and sabotage. There are handy tips on shoplifting, and how to do it in a way that stays true to the revolution. Then the next page talks about executing people who violate the code of the revolution. What the...? How did we get from stealing ham to killing infiltrators?It turns out that this book was written by a 19-year-old who basically copied and pasted a bunch of stuff from military manuals and whatever else was laying around. The anecdotes are completely made up, as if the one about buying peyote in Mexico wasn't a dead giveaway.Then there is a chapter about hand-to-hand combat that would probably only be useful to that poor Star Wars kid from the video.Then there is a chapter on how to make explosives and how to use them to blow up stuff. There is even a helpful diagram showing the 10 or so places you need to put charges on a suspension bridge to bring it down. It's hard not to smile at the thought of a bunch of guys dressed in 70's clothes crawling around a suspension bridge with their homemade TNT in an effort to stick it to the man. Soundtrack by Isaac Hayes. Or maybe the A-Team theme.Then the book is over, and you are now a revolutionary. Go out and kill the pigs and wake people up from their sleep and blind obedience to the machine and execute an infiltrator and meet a beautiful hippie chick and make her some pot-laced spaghetti from one of the recipes in chapter one.If I had a time machine I would go back to 1970 and show Mr. Powell that Nike commercial with The Beatles' Revolution just to break his little revolutionary heart.Both sides lost -- the hippies and the pigs. The world is controlled by multinational corporations. Hmm, maybe I'll write a book about how to defend yourself and fight back against these corporations. Some jerk can laugh at me in 30 years.Disclaimer: A lot of very bad stuff went down in the 70s. There was plenty of stuff to protest against, and a lot of brave people protested and made their voice heard. I have the privilege of knowing some of them.But this book is not the way forward and it is more likely to get you blown up then to change the world. The author agrees with me on this.

  • Robin
    2019-03-15 03:22

    Published in 1971 and written by then 19-year old William Powell, The Anarchist Cookbook is now a flashback into history. The Vietnam War was in full swing and Powell, like many young people, considered the war an unethical invasion, since there was no threat to America. They feared the draft and did not want to kill civilians for political and corporate gain, compromising their own sanity and/or bodily parts. At the time, this book was a voice for a loosely affiliated group of “counter-culture” young people who resisted “The Establishment” in various ways. I doubtlessly would have rated this book higher if I’d read it back in the day. These days it brings back disturbing memories.Powell, it turns out, did have plenty to fear from “The Establishment.” His original publisher, Lyle Stuart, insisted that the naïve teenager sign over the rights to him. This deplorable situation meant the author has no control over his work, which the youth didn’t understand until later. Powell has tried unsuccessfully for years to take the book out of print, as he no longer endorses violence as a means to an end. The publisher sold the rights to another publisher, so THE AUTHOR NO LONGER RECEIVES ANY ROYALTIES. So STEAL THIS BOOK (to quote the title of another book from this era)—don’t pay “The Establishment” for intellectual property that they stole! But better yet, pick it up through interlibrary loan like I did. The chapters are about the four facets of resistance, 1970s style: Drugs; Surveillance and Sabotage; Weapons; Explosives and Traps. Naturally these formulas are dated, and not all information is safe or accurate. Powell did his research mostly at the New York Public Library, which means that this he didn’t try these methods himself. Plus, in those days we were rather naïve about urban legends. The hand-drawn illustrations are crude but effective, just as the Cookbook was intended to be. The photos of weapons seem rather disturbing in the context of modern times, yet it was no big deal in the 1970s; men used them in Vietnam and we saw films and pictures of them being used every night on the news. The book reminds us of the rougher aspects of the 1970s, although some of the drug suggestions are now rather humorous.I cannot endorse buying this book new, since the author receives no royalties and no longer wants the information in print. If you’re interested in 1970s anarchy, be a little anarchistic yourself and borrow the book from a library, or buy it from a used book store.

  • Andrew Giles
    2019-03-16 07:42

    Not what I expected. Good read and interesting, but overall a little let down.

  • Kym Robinson
    2019-02-20 03:22

    I excitedly read this book as a teenager. It was a book that had an air of mystery surrounding it and a lot of alleged 'powers'. Much of the information was at hand for most people even when I had read this book. This was before the Internets universal existence and powers.Despite the availability of most of the information in this book, it still retained an edge of myth about it.Having said all of that when this book was written its existence was both celebrated as an expression of 'extreme' freedom of information and speech as well as it being a condemnation of such celebrations. The fear mongering surrounding it and books like this will continue until the last days human society I fear. An imagined uber villain or villains shall always lurk inside the minds of those who fear all. And the existence of such books is the apparent tool or even catalyst that some may need so as to do harm.If some one is so motivated to do great harm or criminally violate another then the existence of such a book has nothing to do with their intentions or unfortunate conduct.I personally found this book over rated but interesting. While I was 15 when I read it, I took it to be a book best read with covert elegance. Much of the excitement was in the anticipation of the book as opposed to absorbing its actual pages.A handy addition for those of many tastes. Not to be limited to mere criminals or violent anarchists.70 %

  • Nathan P
    2019-03-16 05:28

    The Anarchist CookbookBy: William PowellThe Anarchist Cookbook is all about creating anarchy in society. Should the government became too oppressive, this book teaches you how to fight against them in a Guerrilla manner. It explains to the reader how to manufacture drugs in your home. It also teaches you methods of creating explosives and poisonous gasses. Along with multiple weapons and other methods of killing people.I did find this book amusing to read. However I question how reliable the information in it is. I feel that if I was to try and duplicate, I would probably die. Like if I were to try and make nitroglycerin in my basement. As well as other explosives or chemical gases. Most of the contents of the book could get you arrested if you were to attempt to duplicate it. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an amusing read. If they only want it to try and duplicate anything in it, I would strongly advise against it. If the don't kill themselves in the process, they will end up spending some time in jail or prison.

  • Brook
    2019-03-20 04:35

    As a kid, I thought that this book was going to allow me to subvert the world, break the rules, etc, etc. Now, it's incredibly outdated (there's some phone phreaking stuff in there that hasn't worked in 15 years anywhere in the US, for example), but is entertaining as a walk down memory lane. The Cookbook mentions other publications, some created and maintained by US Armed Forces, that are still available for perusal today that may be more informative (at least, I assume they are, but with the current terrorist threat they may be off the market), but this book won't do much to help you "stick it to the man," whatever that means.Still, an entertaining look into the world of the early 70s and counterculture. And yes, there is still information that is "relevant", dealing with improvised weapons, among other things. Overall, though, putting faith in the information contained in this book is likely to lead to you having a bad day, or injuring yourself. Read for entertainment purposes only.

  • David Scott
    2019-03-15 09:21

    There was a lot of hype surrounding this book in the groups that I was associated with in school. It wasn't until many years later that I actually had the privilege(?) of being able to thumb through the pages. I should be thankful that no one actually acquired this among my friends, or a few of us may have lost fingers, or worse...smoked banana peels.This book is a crock and makes a dumb farce of the raw spirit of rebellion. Totally ignorant, uninformed and downright dangerous. If you are dumb enough to plan some anti-establishment demonstration using any of the info in this book, then you deserve the loss of the eye and nerve damage that you will undoubtedly receive during the preparation of your devices as you realize that you are no chemist, no revolutionary, and certainly no genius.

  • Jeremy Johnson
    2019-03-01 03:18

    This was one of those legendary books that was talked about on the playground in whispers. When I finally got my hands on one (found in an abandoned trailer) it was a thoroughly amaturish attempt at making a document without actually knowing anything. Now that we're in the era of the internet, you could easily surpass by a thousand-fold any information on any subject in this book in seconds. And the author is incredibly drug-centered and completely full of shit, if any freedom fighters had used this, they'd have been sitting around trying to cook up LSD and wondering why they weren't tripping. It's totally an embarrassment. You could learn more about detonating a bridge by watching Anna and the King.Don't open this book and completely undermine the awe that you held at the mere mention of this book.

  • Billy
    2019-02-28 09:45

    This book should be retitled. " A Guide On How To Induce Brain Damage and Maim/Kill Yourself For Dummies". Pretty worthless book overall. Diagrams look like they were drawn by an elementary school kid, with poor drawing skills. It also contains many, MANY nuggets of "wisdom", such as the fact that giving someone an "ear clap" hard enough will not only cause their ears to bleed, but will also instantly KILL them, due to air pressure causing bleeding of the brain. Really? Let me guess. Next your going to tell me that the old "hit a person in the nose hard enough and it will drive the cartilage into their brains and kill them" thing is true. Wait. That is what you are telling me next? oh. Historically worth keeping I suppose, other than that this book is rubbish.

  • Jennifer Worrell
    2019-03-02 04:35

    Now here's a ban I understand. But really, when you're trying to narrow down your Christmas wish list to only one or two weapons, it's good to have the pros and cons of things like brass knuckles and Kelly Come-Alongs spelled out for you, saving you a trip to the store. You know how it is, you get in, try stuff on, and when you get them home in regular lighting you realize it doesn't really go with those murderous plans after all, and they have a no-returns policy. It's frustrating. Plus there's actual recipes for stuff like hash brownies. I always wondered, do you whisk your mj with rest of the dry ingredients or mix it in last, like chocolate chips? I guess I'll put this up on the shelf with Martha Stewart's Cookies for this year's holiday baking.