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And then there are the dangerous ones. Humble men .Men like Uncle Fester. This book is Da Bomb! -- Rich Butts, San Fran [X] Press

Explosives covered include the kind of stuff it may be easier to make yourself because it's such a nuisance buying. -- David Hinckley in New York Daily News

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The initial publication of this book was delayed for several months due to the messy and incompetent help of my third world friends Mad Abe, Evil Joe, and Rick the Jap. Thanks guys! I couldn't have done it without you!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Festering Publications; 2nd edition (November 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970148542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970148544
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very detailed and descriptive.
Mike
I will just say that if you buy this book, do not try to make any of the recipes in it; there's a reason the stuff is illegal for the untrained and unlicensed person.
Ingersoll1969
It will merely encourage you to poison yourself and/or blow yourself up.
Henry S. Plouse

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Estorga on November 16, 2010
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Seriously, this book is way better than I thought it would be. I don't know what I was expecting really; I bought it because I was looking for information on explosives after watching a ton of Mythbusters and getting questions from my kids that I couldn't answer (they blow up something in almost every episode). This was recommended by Amazon when I was searching and although it's not quite what I was really looking for, it's so interesting that I couldn't stop reading it! XD

However there is a caveat: don't try any of this stuff at home! There's some warnings in the front of the book about this too but I just want to say... this gives VERY detailed explanations about how -EXACTLY how!- to make many different types of extremely potent explosives. In the wrong hands this could be very dangerous.

But for inquisitive and curious minds that love just knowing how things work, oh my gods this book is a dream come true. Love it! 5 stars and more if I could.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Davey on January 17, 2010
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I recently purchased the Home Workshop Explosives book and found it an interesting and quite fascinating read. The author appears to have an extensive knowledge in the subject matter. I grew up with model rocketry and experimenting with chemistry as a hobby. Although now retired, I still enjoy learning about technical things in how things are made, science and electronics. But I mention this with a caveat - just because you study a subject doesn't mean you should try to create everything you learn about.

Being prior military and retired law enforcement as well as still being involved in Emergency Management, I can see legitimate purposes for this book as a informative and educational treatise on how certain chemicals react with each other as well as what type chemicals first responders may want to acquaint themselves with for safety purposes. Actually my primary reason for purchasing the book was I hoped to find some safe and legal pyrotechnic information that I could use in my special effects photography and 3D art. But I discovered this book does not go into this type chemistry at all but just focuses on how an individual could create high explosives in their garage workshop. Having worked with commercial / military explosives in my earlier careers on a limited basis, I must say that if a person has a legitimate need for explosives, I would highly suggest they obtain them legally with the proper permits. Obtaining this book for educational and informative purposes is one thing - fiction writers would also have some great reference materials for realism in their writing. But I cannot stress this enough that formulas such as presented in this book should not be attempted by the reader.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Coriolis on January 4, 2011
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I would recommend this book only for explosive professionals who have to take care of the unstable and unreliable products that this book describes. Obligatory warnings nonwithstanding, this book encourages the reader to take an irresponsible approach to some of the most dangerous substances in existance.

The cover is the most unprofessional design I've ever seen for a technical book on explosives. The author uses an 'Addams Family' character as the byline. The guy won't put his own name on this book, either because he's scared of the legal repurcussions of writing it, or because he's scared of running into some of the lunatics who will read and try to apply it. That doesn't inspire any confidence for me, the reader.

The author's motivations for writing this book are largely political. He claims that our open borders is what causes terrorism, and spouts the kind of policy analysis I would expect to hear from a drunk and ignorant man. If we followed his apparent logic, we would close our borders and teach everyone, regardless of their reliability, education, or mental health, how to make homemade bombs as an act of political protest.

The book lacks clarity in describing how to make its products. The illustrations and diagrams lack important details, and many of the products lack any kind of illustration or graphical representation. That's a big problem when working with something as touchy as, say, an explosive initiator.

The editing is atrocious. There are errors that a simple word processor would catch, like glaring typos or sentences that, as written, make no sense. Given this kind of sloppiness, it's quite likely that several of the recipes have serious errors in them. Explosives are unforgiving of mistakes.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Hanks on June 21, 2010
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Oh no--dangerous knowledge! I purchased this book because I am interested in the subject, and also because I figure that soon such knowledge will be "illegal."

Reading the book is entertaining---to a point. I would never attempt any of the 'recipes' the author describes within, because the book is very sloppily written and edited. I know how hard it is to get things right, but just like how a math or programming book MUST get things right in the equations or code examples, respectively, lest the examples not work, so too must a book about chemistry get the formulas correct.

Given the subject matter, it seems to me that it is too dangerous to leave to sloppy writing. Too much of one ingredient (or not enough) could result in catastrophe.

Just as the Anarchist's Cookbook is worthless from a practical standpoint (but a fun read, nevertheless), I must also place Uncle Fester's HWE in the same category.
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