Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook Paperback – January 1, 2005


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback, January 1, 2005
$8.75 $3.90

Healing Gotham by Bruce F. Berg
Healing Gotham by Bruce F. Berg
Read this well researched account of health care policy in New York. Learn more | See related books

Editorial Reviews

Review

It deserves to be read beyond the circular networks of true believers, for in the grace of its plain-spoken sedition it succeeds as a master-piece of radical propaganda . . . Each recipe is a viral revolt. --Clamor Magazine

The book nicely balances tactics for empire-smashing with ones for community-building . . . A testament to CrimethInc.'s eclectic, undogmatic approach . . . This book will become a classic. --Fifth Estate --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

The CrimethInc. ex-Workers’ Collective is a memberless underground pledged to the total transformation of Western civilization and life itself.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 625 pages
  • Publisher: CrimethInc. (December 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970910142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970910141
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Anarchists don't have to do anything because the system will collapse by itself.
Mary Wilbur
Just 700 pages of an immature brat ranting about how messed up the government is, providing no real action.
Flaming Pope
This book is not useful for just anarchists, but also any person who wants to protest anything!
Christopher C. Cantwell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Phil Myers on January 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
After a long wait, America's heirs to the Situationists come through with a wide-ranging, imaginative, and inspiring compendium of actions that people can take to challenge the status quo. Big and small, legal and il-, the 62 recipes run the gamut from dumspter-diving to banner drops, open relationships to locking down streets, monkeywrenching to coalition building. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the direct action tactics that have developed in anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian circles in recent years.

One gripe-- the section on "undermining oppression" is a clumsy and unfortunate endorsement of the kind of identity politics that have so recklessly divided the left.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Cantwell on December 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
Not only is this book huge and chock full of great information and compelling first person accounts. It does not tell you how to blow yourself up. If you want to find out how to make a bomb or kill people, this book is not for you. If you are looking for a non-violent way to get your message across to others, follow the Crimethinc way! Also, Green Alert! This book is printed in Canada by Unionized workers on 100% post consumer recycled paper with soy based ink. This book is not useful for just anarchists, but also any person who wants to protest anything!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
33 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Flaming Pope on April 17, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book instead of the "Anarchist Cookbook." From what I've heard this book was supposed to be a better cookbook for activists, since it was written in retaliation to the former.

Wrong - this book had no real value in its text. 'How to Party' paraphrasing one chapter from the book, "When women get together to party, nothing happens, de fin'e." How to sneak into less public areas "duh wear a suit and look like you belong", and chapters pertaining to panty antic bull $h]t. Examples: break a fusebox, temporary disabling utilities until a repairman comes,

Don't get me wrong, you don't chase cookbooks for the recipes, everything in the "Anarchist Cookbook" could be learned in a crash course in organic chemistry, just hop into the nearest university, befriend a chemist and wala you're ahead of the game. But the point of the cookbooks are in the collectible value- this had 'no real value.' Just 700 pages of an immature brat ranting about how messed up the government is, providing no real action. This person could have at least justified their view, showed some deep insight into the government or at least provide some real solution, and not temporary nuisances that place you in jail for stupid reasons. "Hi pig, yea look at me I'm an anarchist and I broke the glass window, catch me if you can"... please, if you want to get a point across, start by crippling the right targets, don't fruit fly.

Overall I would NOT recommend buying this book. I'm already returning my copy, even if I only receive 10% back that's still a well saved one dollar bill, on principal...
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Layne Ross on April 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
True- this book is not for people who really want to cause utter distruction and chaos. It's very tame, but that doesn't mean it isn't efficient in its purpose. This book will be like a bible for any activist who wants to participate in doing something they feel is useful. It's a great starter book for anyone who wants to change things and get involved but doesn't know where to start, as it basically takes activism and sums it up quite nicely in one book without getting boring or repetitive, and it's very simple and easy to understand. For its price, it's a steal, I highly HIGHLY recommend it to anyone interested in activism, and all that good stuff.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Kinsella on June 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
This product is a interesting piece of reading material its not what you think either it not a book on how to make bombs or anything like that it is just explaining how to "screw the system" but it is a good book
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Mcelwee on December 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
i read this after reading "days of war, nights of love" and found it very interesting...it sets out step by step instructions on how to utilize the information you got from DOW,NOL...its also great for anyone who would like to change up the scenery of their neighborhood...as i said for days of war...this book isnt for everyone...i would recommend this book to much fewer people than days of war, and mainly save this recommendation for those who may be interested in activism, or anyone who knows an activist
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
I bought this thinking that it would be an updated version of the original Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell, but other than the title, the two have little in common. Powell's book covers truly destructive activities like drug manufacturing and bomb making, and some of the information is questionable at best or even dangerous if attempted by an amateur. "Recipes for Disaster," on the other hand, is an encyclopedia of direct action - activities that at worst can lead to inconvenience, but aren't going to get anyone killed. It covers basic information like demonstrations, parades, wheatpasting, banners, and only minor vandalism. Some of it sounds like fun - dressing up as Santa and handing out merchandise in a department store until you get thrown out or arrested. It also includes practical advice on security culture, evading the police, and a very useful chapter on what to expect in jail. There's also instructions on how to survive outside "the system;" living without a job, squatting, stealing utilities, and dumpster diving. Some of the techniques, such as blocking roadways, have been used in the recent police brutality protests in Ferguson, New York City, and elsewhere.

The political tone is decidedly liberal and progressive, although there's nothing in here that couldn't also be used by a conservative group. This book came out in 2005, before anyone had heard of Barack Obama, Facebook, or the Tea Party, with the Iraq war in full swing. I'm not sure what the authors would make of the Tea Party, an "affinity group" that managed to infiltrate the Republican Party and whose candidates have won enough elections to have an effect on national policy.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?