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How To Hide Anything First Edition Edition

2.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0873642897
ISBN-10: 0873642899
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873642899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873642897
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is underwhelming. The ideas presented range from the obvious (drilled table leg) through the impractical (eat a hole in your concrete floor with strong acid; insert your stash; pour cement over it) to the completely preposterous (cut down a tree; insert stash into a vertically buried pipe section; insert entire tree to plug the pipe). No kidding.

The author is obviously an armchair theorist who didn't bother to actually build his designs. One design requires you to screw a wooden block onto a projecting screw whenever you want to close the hideout; there is nothing to keep the screw from turning apart from the wallpaper glued over the screwhead. Guess what, it won't work---as anyone who actually attempted it would at once realize.

The book deals essentially with three kinds of hideouts. One type is the tiny hideyhole useful for hiding a vial of drugs from a perfunctory search. The author manages to bungle even this relatively easy task: most of the ideas he presents are so cliched (behind an air-vent cover; taped under a sofa; in a false drawer bottom) that any competent searcher or burglar would not fail to search there first. Others are unusable: perhaps you _can_ drill a hole lengthwise in the wire of a TV antenna, but what would you hide in a space this small? Not even dope will fit.

The second class is used for hiding larger objects, from handgun-sized to person-sized. The author uses the word "elaborate" to refer to these hideouts, and this is quite right: elaborate to the point of utter ridiculousness is more like it, like the cut-and-replanted tree example above.
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I have several books on hiding places. While all of them have useful ideas, the strong suits of this book are the outdoor, structural, and away-from-home hiding places.
The outdoor hidies are great for those with their own land. There are several innovative ideas that the other books do not have, including a tree stash.
The structural hidies are also different -- these aren't just making false drawer bottoms. :) There are pipe, appliance, wall and even drain hidies. Furniture hidies are covered extensively as well, but this review focuses on what makes this book different from the other hiding books.
The away-from-home hiding places are ingenious, easy to do and will hide your valuables from the casual thief and the sticky-fingered maid alike. Obviously, there is little to no carpentry involved and in fact you could use the same principles in your own home if you are carpentry impaired like me. :)
One last strong point of this book is the writing. Throughout, it talks about the psychology of the thief and why some hides work better than others to prevent theft. The main focus is not hiding things from the government or the police, who often have a whole different mindset and a lot more time than a thief does. If you are more interested specifically in strategies to hide objects from law enforcement or the government, there are hiding books that focus on that rather than thieves and I recommend you get one of those instead.
Please note: As with all hiding place books, you simply must have some carpentry experience and a lot of patience. There are no step-by-step, hold-your-hand instructions on how to make a hiding place here (or in any other hiding book I've seen either). The ideas are presented, and it is up to you to make them work in your own home or land.
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I found this book to be one of the most useful and surprising help books i have ever had the good fortune to stumble upon. When I saw 'How to Hide Anything' I had to buy it, and that was a choice I am glad I made. As a college student, I know there are things I don't necessarily want roommates, parents, and especially authorities to snoop around in. Often, I felt that my own hiding places still left me nervous. Other times, I hid things in such obscure places, I forgot where they were! This book, however, lives up to its title. Its ideas are ingenius and the drawings practically do the work for you. Now I am confident that everything I want to keep private will be kept private! Buy this book.
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What I liked about this book was the carefree attitude. It did the subject the way I liked. As a fun idea to play around with. The suggestions were very good for the smaller things. How to hide money. How to hide jewelry. Then it grew to larger and larger items. Eventually it got into hiding a closet, hiding a room, hiding a house, hiding a corporation. :)
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Like most Paladin books, this slim volume is serioulsy lacking in substance. If you want advice on how to hide some jewelry or your stash around the house, then this book will do it for you. Otherwise, this rather dated edition will leave you in the dark. Save your money. Do some web searches and you will probably come up with more complete and up-to-date information for only your time.
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This guide has some interesting ideas for hiding places (false pipes in the bathroom, the bottom of a pot of food, etc) as well as tried-and-true favorites (hollowed-out books, false-bottom drawers). There are also some fun ideas for hiding people in hidden rooms and floors.

Although there are tons of pictures, some of the descriptions may be a difficult for a person who is not familiar with construction. A few extra diagrams might have helped.

In general, it's a quick and easy read and is sure to get your imagination going. I especially enjoyed the author's emphasis on hiding things in plain sight. If anything, this guide will get you to think about everyday items and places as potential hiding places.

[Disclosure: This review also appears on [...], a site for review and discussion of creative works.]
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