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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lyle Stuart; Carol Publishing Group ed edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0818403144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0818403149
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved this book, some other customer reviews here have said that the revenge tactics mentioned in the book arent practical and yes there are some pranks that require you to pose as a medical profesional at some medical supply store to get some obsecure chemical to give someone explosive diahrea or somthing. Others mentioned are deliciously simple. Most arent that hard but frankly really hardcore serious major league revenge is gonna take at least a little effort. The author isnt gonna do the work for you,just tell you how. I used several of the suggestions mentiond in the book, my favorite being the one where you take a sponge, soak it with spray starch then wrap it in twine tightly until its only a tiny fraction of its original size. Once dried remove the twine and find the tiny condensed dry sponge just waiting to be flushed down your marks toilet where it will expand once in the pipe and (trust me on this one) cause your mark quite a headache. Most pranks are along this line. Read the book if youre serious about seeking revenge, not seriously hurting anyone mind you, just causing your mark a tremendous amount of grief, embarassment or financial strain. The author even points out common mistakes people make when seeking revenge sometimes, like when he points out the best things to dump in someones gas tank to muck up their engine, and what things to avoid throwing in their tank because it will do little damage. Good Luck
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Important: most of this stuff can get you arrested.

If you see this book in the humor section of your bookstore, that's because it's about the only place in the bookstore where it will fit. This is, pure and simple, an outlaw book for the truly pissed-off. A left-wing anarcho-libertarian bent informs the book (inspired by Edward Abbey's Monkey Wrench Gang), but the book goes to some lengths to point out that what it suggests is not tied down to any one political viewpoint.

So you want revenge? This will certainly give you the means. Stinkbombs, scams, monkeywrench tactics, it's all in here. Some of it is outdated -- this book dates to 1982 -- and a lot of it can get you in a great deal of trouble. But if sabotage is what the situation calls for, this book is a good guide to it. There is some serious potential damage claimed by some of the pranks -- derailed political careers, ruined reputations, money funneled out of pockets. There is some risk to life and limb as well -- there are some creative uses mentioned for M-80s, for example, some of which involve shrapnel.

The author picked an interesting pen name -- it appears Abbey gave his character a name that means "bandit" (hajduk -> Hayduke) in some eastern European languages -- and the tactics within this book are thoroughly scorched-earth and a bit disturbing. It is certainly an interesting book, but I'm not sure I can recommend it -- it mostly appeals to the morbidly curious, the extremely ticked-off, and the borderline psychotic. The first category might want to look at it in a library, and the second two should be kept away from it at all costs.
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A good book if you want to get back at some one really bad . Most of the things to do were a little out there and hard to pull off although the topics on road rage and houses were good.0ver all if you are really mad I would consider this book.
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Whether it be slight embarassment or life-ruining, you'll find how to make sure that if people mess with you, they WILL pay. The book is neatly organized and can solve just about any problem you have. Even if you never plan to reign terror upon someone, this book is still a joy to read. For instance, in the house section, George Hayduke suggests that if the person has a mail slot in their door and a garden hose in their front yard, wait until the person goes on vacation, put the hose in the mail slot, turn on the water, and leave. I loved this book.
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By A Customer on December 21, 1999
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Each book Hayduke writes is better than the one before. Some techniques in this gem are rehashes of previously mentioned pranks. But, sometimes, a prank must be seen in a different light before technique emerges. Some people have said this book presents unrealistic scenarios. To them, I say that 'unrealistic' is a word for the faint-hearted. People facing abuse will either turn the other cheek or will NOT turn the other cheek. My cheeks don't turn at all for abusers.
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This book was not what I had in mind. My error. Binding broke with first opening. Still an interesting conversation piece
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Excellent book. I read this years ago but it was borrowed. I wanted my very own book. It's a keeper.
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Maybe complete for long ago, and it was in good condition, but that's all I can say about it. The whole concept of ideas were really outdated and poorly thought out.
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