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The ''Anarchist Cookbook'' was a book [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic written to protest]] UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar that contained various half baked recipes for things like phone phreaking and, most controversially, building homemade explosives. However, it's really infamous for two things:

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The ''Anarchist Cookbook'' was is a 1971 book by William Powell. It was [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic written to protest]] UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar that contained various half baked recipes for things like phone phreaking and, most controversially, building homemade explosives. However, it's really infamous for two things:


* HeelFaithTurn: Not long after the book's initial publication, author William Powell converted to [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Anglicanism]] and became a pacifist anti-war activist. He [[https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/19/anarchist-cookbook-author-william-powell-out-of-print renounced the book]] as an OldShame and tried to have it taken out of print-- which did not succeed since [[ExecutiveMeddling the publisher owned the copyright]]. [[note]]After Powell's death it was finally removed from print when the publisher was bought out by a larger publishing house.[[/note]]


''The Anarchist's Cookbook'' was a book [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic written to protest]] UsefulNotes/{{the Vietnam War}} that contained various half baked recipes for things like phone phreaking and, most controversially, building homemade explosives. However, it's really infamous for two things:

# [[YouKeepUsingThatWord Having nothing to do with Anarchism as a political idea.]] [[ComicallyMissingThePoint (Or cooking, for that matter.)]]

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''The Anarchist's The ''Anarchist Cookbook'' was a book [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic written to protest]] UsefulNotes/{{the Vietnam War}} UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar that contained various half baked recipes for things like phone phreaking and, most controversially, building homemade explosives. However, it's really infamous for two things:

# [[YouKeepUsingThatWord Having nothing to do do]] with Anarchism UsefulNotes/{{anarchism}} as a political idea.]] idea. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint (Or cooking, for that matter.)]]



With the rise of the internet, a number of text and .pdf files have showed up bearing the name of this book. If you do a Google search for "anarchist cookbook," some of these will probably come up on the first page. They often contain some information cribbed from the real book, as well as various tips, tricks, and pranks that have been put in over the course of twenty years (these things date back to the dark days of Website/{{Usenet}}). As one would expect from something that was put together by the precursors to Website/FourChan, most of the stuff in these online "cookbooks" is often so outdated or dangerously inaccurate that it makes the real Anarchist Cookbook look like an Army field manual.

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With the rise of the internet, a number of text and .pdf files have showed up bearing the name of this book. If you do a Google search for "anarchist cookbook," some of these will probably come up on the first page. They often contain some information cribbed from the real book, as well as various tips, tricks, and pranks that have been put in over the course of twenty years (these things date back to the dark days of Website/{{Usenet}}). As one would expect from something that was put together by the precursors to Website/FourChan, most of the stuff in these online "cookbooks" is often so outdated or dangerously inaccurate that it makes the real Anarchist Cookbook ''Anarchist Cookbook'' look like an Army field manual.

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** The online magazine ''Vice'' did [[https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/anarchist-cookbook an investigation]] in which they attempted to replicate some of the explosives (complete with the aforementioned warning to not try this at home). The ones that worked at all proved very unpredictable and unstable even with proper safety precautions.


* TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs: Seriously, trying the recipes from this book in real life is ''really not going to end well.'' The online magazine ''Vice'' did [[https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/anarchist-cookbook an investigation]] in which they attempted to replicate some of the explosives (complete with the obligatory DontTryThisAtHome warning). The ones that worked at all proved very unpredictable and unstable even with proper safety precautions.

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* MadBomber: The book's target audience.


# [[YouKeepUsingThatWord Having nothing to do with Anarchism as a political idea.]] [[ComicallyMissingThePoint (Or cooking, for that matter)]]

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# [[YouKeepUsingThatWord Having nothing to do with Anarchism as a political idea.]] [[ComicallyMissingThePoint (Or cooking, for that matter)]]matter.)]]


* FollowTheLeader: The aforementioned files circulating on the Internet that bear the book's name.


* TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs: Seriously, trying the recipes from this book in real life is ''really not going to end well.''

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* TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs: Seriously, trying the recipes from this book in real life is ''really not going to end well.'' The online magazine ''Vice'' did [[https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/anarchist-cookbook an investigation]] in which they attempted to replicate some of the explosives (complete with the obligatory DontTryThisAtHome warning). The ones that worked at all proved very unpredictable and unstable even with proper safety precautions.


* MoralGuardians: Frequently cited by. At the time, they attempted to ban it, and still do. Ironically, the FBI knew from the beginning that it was all a lot of rubbish; internal FBI files, including letters by concerned Congressmen to J. Edgar Hoover, released under freedom of information laws reveal the FBI regarded it as something of a joke and that constantly having to fend off letters from concerned morons annoyed them far more than the books existence did.

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* MoralGuardians: Frequently cited by. At the time, they attempted to ban it, and still do. Ironically, the FBI knew from the beginning that it was all a lot of rubbish; internal FBI files, including letters by concerned Congressmen to J. Edgar Hoover, released under freedom of information laws reveal the FBI regarded it as something of a joke and that constantly having to fend off letters from concerned morons annoyed them far more than the books book's existence did.



* UrbanLegend: Was the subject of one for a long time. The story went that if you purchased the book, you were put on an FBI watchlist (similar stories existed for ''Mein Kampf''). As explained three tropes above, this was rubbish.

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* UrbanLegend: Was the subject of one for a long time. The story went that if you purchased the book, you were put on an FBI watchlist (similar stories existed for ''Mein Kampf''). As explained three tropes above, this was rubbish.


* HeelFaithTurn: Not long after the book's initial publication, author William Powell converted to [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity Anglicanism]] and became a pacifist anti-war activist. He [[https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/19/anarchist-cookbook-author-william-powell-out-of-print renounced the book]] as an OldShame and tried to have it taken out of print-- which did not succeed since [[ExecutiveMeddling the publisher owned the copyright]].

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* HeelFaithTurn: Not long after the book's initial publication, author William Powell converted to [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Anglicanism]] and became a pacifist anti-war activist. He [[https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/19/anarchist-cookbook-author-william-powell-out-of-print renounced the book]] as an OldShame and tried to have it taken out of print-- which did not succeed since [[ExecutiveMeddling the publisher owned the copyright]]. [[note]]After Powell's death it was finally removed from print when the publisher was bought out by a larger publishing house.[[/note]]

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* HeelFaithTurn: Not long after the book's initial publication, author William Powell converted to [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity Anglicanism]] and became a pacifist anti-war activist. He [[https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/19/anarchist-cookbook-author-william-powell-out-of-print renounced the book]] as an OldShame and tried to have it taken out of print-- which did not succeed since [[ExecutiveMeddling the publisher owned the copyright]].

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* BombThrowingAnarchist: Presumably the type of anarchist the authors had in mind.

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* TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs: Seriously, trying the recipes from this book in real life is ''really not going to end well.''


With the rise of the internet, a number of text and .pdf files have showed up bearing the name of this book. If you do a Google search for "anarchist cookbook," some of these will probably come up on the first page. They often contain some information cribbed from the real book, as well as various tips, tricks, and pranks that have been put in over the course of twenty years (these things date back to the dark days of Website/{{Usenet}}). As one would expect from something that was put together by the precursors to [[{{Imageboard}} 4chan]], most of the stuff in these online "cookbooks" is often so outdated or dangerously inaccurate that it makes the real Anarchist Cookbook look like an Army field manual.

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With the rise of the internet, a number of text and .pdf files have showed up bearing the name of this book. If you do a Google search for "anarchist cookbook," some of these will probably come up on the first page. They often contain some information cribbed from the real book, as well as various tips, tricks, and pranks that have been put in over the course of twenty years (these things date back to the dark days of Website/{{Usenet}}). As one would expect from something that was put together by the precursors to [[{{Imageboard}} 4chan]], Website/FourChan, most of the stuff in these online "cookbooks" is often so outdated or dangerously inaccurate that it makes the real Anarchist Cookbook look like an Army field manual.

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