I have recently been made aware of several websites that focus on The Anarchist Cookbook. As the author of the original publication some 30 plus years ago, it is appropriate for me to comment.
The Anarchist Cookbook was written during 1968 and part of 1969 soon after I graduated from high school. At the time, I was 19 years old and the Vietnam War and the so-called "counter culture movement" were at their height. I was involved in the anti-war movement and attended numerous peace rallies and demonstrations. The book, in many respects, was a misguided product of my adolescent anger at the prospect of being drafted and sent to Vietnam to fight in a war that I did not believe in.
I conducted the research for the manuscript on my own, primarily at the New York City Public Library. Most of the contents were gleaned from Military and Special Forces Manuals. I was not member of any radical group of either a left or right wing persuasion.
I submitted the manuscript directly to a number of publishers without the help or advice of an agent. Ultimately, it was accepted by Lyle Stuart Inc. and was published verbatim - without editing - in early 1970. Contrary to what is the normal custom, the copyright for the book was taken out in the name of the publisher rather than the author. I did not appreciate the significance of this at the time and would only come to understand it some years later when I requested that the book be taken out of print.
The central idea to the book was that violence is an acceptable means to bring about political change. I no longer agree with this.
Apparently in recent years, The Anarchist Cookbook has seen a number of 'copy cat' type publications, some with remarkably similar titles (Anarchist Cookbook II, III etc). I am not familiar with these publications and cannot comment upon them. I can say that the original Anarchist Cookbook has not been revised or updated in any way by me since it was first published.
During the years that followed its publication, I went to university, married, became a father and a teacher of adolescents. These developments had a profound moral and spiritual effect on me. I found that I no longer agreed with what I had written earlier and I was becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the ideas that I had put my name to. In 1976 I became a confirmed Anglican Christian and shortly thereafter I wrote to Lyle Stuart Inc. explaining that I no longer held the views that were expressed in the book and requested that The Anarchist Cookbook be taken out of print. The response from the publisher was that the copyright was in his name and therefore such a decision was his to make - not the author's. In the early 1980's, the rights for the book were sold to another publisher. I have had no contact with that publisher (other than to request that the book be taken out of print) and I receive no royalties.
Unfortunately, the book continues to be in print and with the advent of the Internet several websites dealing with it have emerged. I want to state categorically that I am not in agreement with the contents of The Anarchist Cookbook and I would be very pleased (and relieved) to see its publication discontinued. I consider it to be a misguided and potentially dangerous publication which should be taken out of print.
William Powell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Completely outdated and appears to have been written by someone with no idea how the world works. This was written for a different generation, wouldn't recommend.Published 3 days ago by blake
The author focuses more on getting and using drugs than building weapons\explosives. The graphics are horrible. The author was probably high when he wrote the book. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mike
Was good, be better if most of the stuff in there wasn't a lie and it still had all of the original book and not editedPublished 17 days ago by Christopher Eugene Hall Jr.
The book is well written, some guerilla tactics along with some formulas for demolitions and how to defeat an enemy is close battle made a good readPublished 19 days ago by Randy Adams
Very good read, full of interesting information! Only downside is the black car filled with undercover police parked outside my house watching my every movement, only reason I... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Cillian Browne
Not all it's cracked up to be, barely legible print, recipes that don't work, outdated information, might have been useful in the past, now just a relic.Published 29 days ago by john kimble
made by the descendants of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, this book will surely give you a grasp of the true concept of Anarchism, far from the common notion that an anarchic society is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin Haney