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1001 Ways to Beat The Draft

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 3rd Printing edition (1969)
  • ASIN: B000VJ68QU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,351,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"1001 Ways to Beat the Draft" is a satirical Vietnam War protest pamphlet written in 1966 by Robert Bashlow and Beat Generation artist Tuli Kupferberg.

The text reels through dozens of ways that young men facing conscription during the Vietnam War could avoid service. Kupferberg leaves no societal more unscathed in this anti-war pamphlet, which is considered one of the most notable antiwar publications. Donald L. Simons, in his autobiography I Refuse: Memories of a Vietnam War Objector, wrote "It is not possible to determine how many men successfully fooled the system, but stories of attempts, and how to do it, became part of the Sixties culture. The most famous examples were Arlo Guthrie's classic folk song, "Alice's Restaurant", and the book, 1001 Ways to Beat the Draft.

The pamphlet was published originally by Oliver Layton Press, New York; Kupferberg also printed it under his publishing label, Birth Press, and an illustrated version from Grove Press came out in 1967. Kupferberg published other humorous lists in the same format, including 1001 Ways to Live Without Working and 1001 Ways to Make Love.

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1. Grope J. Edgar Hoover in the silent halls of Congress.
2. Get thee to a nunnery.
3. Fly to the moon and refuse to come home.
4. Die.
5. Become Secretary of Defense.
6. Become Secretary of State.
7. Become Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.
8. Show a li'l tit.
9. Castrate yourself.
10. Staple your eyelids shut.
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Ballad of the Green Beret. Tupi's version went (and I am recalling this from over 20 years ago) : "Fighting sol diers in the East, Fearless men 'gainst the
Slavik Beast, 100 men would join our troop, But only 3 make the SS Gruppe!...........Back at home a hausfrau waits, Her SS man has met his fate,
Leaving her his last request, "Put the double S on my son's chest!". There's at least one other verse which includes the line the brave men of Farben and Krupp. Not a fan of nazis at all, but at the time it seemed quite appropriate. Vietnam was pointless we should not have been there. I was, by the way, by express request of my government (I was drafted).
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1001 Ways To Beat The Draft is very small booklet with the advices such as:

Become a Senator,
Become a President,
Etc.
In order to beat the draft.

In some ways the advices are funny but usually not very practical. Buy this booklet for less than 5$, but do not expect too much.
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