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Beautifully designed A-Z of the totality of revolutionary politics. This brand new Crimethinc book is the action guide - the direct action guide. From affinity groups to wheatpasting, coalition building, hijacking events, mental health, pie-throwing, shoplifting, stenciling, supporting survivors of domestic violence, surviving a felony trial, torches, and whole bunch more. Beautifully designed A-Z of the totality of revolutionary politics. This brand new Crimethinc book is the action guide - the direct action guide. From affinity groups to wheatpasting, coalition building, hijacking events, mental health, pie-throwing, shoplifting, stenciling, supporting survivors of domestic violence, surviving a felony trial, torches, and whole bunch more. Incredible design, and lots of graphics give it that hip situ feel. Loads to read, to think about, and to do. At 650 pages, you could always throw the damn book at a suitable target. What are you waiting for?


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Beautifully designed A-Z of the totality of revolutionary politics. This brand new Crimethinc book is the action guide - the direct action guide. From affinity groups to wheatpasting, coalition building, hijacking events, mental health, pie-throwing, shoplifting, stenciling, supporting survivors of domestic violence, surviving a felony trial, torches, and whole bunch more. Beautifully designed A-Z of the totality of revolutionary politics. This brand new Crimethinc book is the action guide - the direct action guide. From affinity groups to wheatpasting, coalition building, hijacking events, mental health, pie-throwing, shoplifting, stenciling, supporting survivors of domestic violence, surviving a felony trial, torches, and whole bunch more. Incredible design, and lots of graphics give it that hip situ feel. Loads to read, to think about, and to do. At 650 pages, you could always throw the damn book at a suitable target. What are you waiting for?

30 review for Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bree

    This book was a graduation present from my friend Leah. I liked the art projects. Ironically, it (among many other things) was stolen from me by my scumfuck West Philly roommates and their friends while I was in DC for an anti-war march. Go figure.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    so, granted, in terms of practical, practiceable content, there's probably more real revolutionary potential in a black & decker catalogue, but here's the thing: recipes for disaster isn't trying to lead you step-by-step through anything, least of all anarchism. if you want how to learn to make a bomb, it's silly to look in a book available on amazon.com, and if you want to be an anarchist, the first thing you're going to have to realize is that there is no guidebook. people who criticize th so, granted, in terms of practical, practiceable content, there's probably more real revolutionary potential in a black & decker catalogue, but here's the thing: recipes for disaster isn't trying to lead you step-by-step through anything, least of all anarchism. if you want how to learn to make a bomb, it's silly to look in a book available on amazon.com, and if you want to be an anarchist, the first thing you're going to have to realize is that there is no guidebook. people who criticize this book by saying that it's not enough or that it only encourages bourgeois "lifestyle" anarchism are misdirecting a valid critique of the form onto the text itself. the authors aren't clueless, they realize the limitations of a widely distributed, highly-marketed paperback, but they also recognize that the form isn't entirely valueless. people need to be introduced to these ideas somehow, and what a publication like this CAN do is nudge lots of them in the right direction. structuring the material as a guidebook anchors it in examples of what direct action can be, rather than replicating philosophy anybody can already find by looking up proudhon in their public library. no, a few pages on "undermining oppression" isn't going to teach anybody how to burn down the white house, but it might lead someone to begin reconsidering their relationship with their local police force. then they might flip back to "affinity groups" and start seeing ways they cultivate could the security they need in each other rather than in the more oppressive structures they've inherited. that's when they might close the book, talk to their friends about forming one, and start the real learning. the best a text can do is suggest the reader to that point of action, and crimethinc does a great job of doing so. if you've already been there, you don't need this book, and it isn't intended for you; give it to a restless liberal or libertarian, stick around to see if it blows their hair back. If it does, you'll be there to help cook up the next step when they stop reading and start asking real questions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    This book caused me and crimethinc to break up for a little while. Recently I started reading more of their new stuff and I've been enjoying so hopefully we are starting to mend the falling out between us. It wasn't just this book it was a series of events, but still I shunned them for a long time the moment I got a copy of this in my hand. I'll admit that I had expectations and that ecpectations are rarely fair especially if one judges the world by them like I did to this book. I guess I was thi This book caused me and crimethinc to break up for a little while. Recently I started reading more of their new stuff and I've been enjoying so hopefully we are starting to mend the falling out between us. It wasn't just this book it was a series of events, but still I shunned them for a long time the moment I got a copy of this in my hand. I'll admit that I had expectations and that ecpectations are rarely fair especially if one judges the world by them like I did to this book. I guess I was thinking that it wasn't going to just be full of the counter-cultural lifestyle wheat-paste, make love, and have a party, stuff that crimethinc. is so fool of. Don't get me wrong, I'm down and I think that that is very valuable information for alot of people, especially those who are just begining to toy with ideads like the ones that Crimethinc presents. It just wasn't for me. Or most people that I know. I found it to be mostly devoid of truly useful information that pushed the envelope in any real way. I found it to be redundant and at times condescending. Articles like "how to have a party" seem offensive when so much very practical information was not included. It was just the same old urban hip kid anarchist street warrior blah blah blah. I was a little embittered at the time, can you tell? But again, I don't think that this book was for me and if I got my hands on it in High School I can only imagine that I would have been totally stoked and it would have been a very valuable resource. That i must keep in mind about literature like this as I grow older. pick up any other crimethinc. book other than this one if you have the choice.

  4. 5 out of 5

    libertine

    a follow-up they said to days of war, nights of love, this brings up many many a subject. tells u its "ingredients" & then tells u what to do in the situation, then gives a real account of such. for instance, 'spellcasting' (my favorite chapter..as it made me think 'why is THIS chapter in HERE..?...'). it gave u the 'ingredients'..then gave u their ideas about such..then their own experiences with such. Really great, again, everyone needs this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    I wanted to take this opportunity to remind the FBI and the NSA that just because I have added this book to my to-read shelf, it does not mean (nor even imply) that I am an anarchist, nor, in fact, anything but an upstanding, law-abiding member of American society.

  6. 4 out of 5

    andrew

    a how to on so many things you may or may not need to know. really inspiring and really helpful.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Pixton

    Anarchist Cookbook 2.0, though someone under the CrimethInc name denounced the earlier seventies version. This one is definitely better both for anarchism and just in general effectiveness. Using cooking recipes as a metaphor, it lays out ways to stir up social, political, and economic revolution closer towards the political philosophy of anarchism. This is not to be confused with the common media stereotype of chaotic rioting, but towards an actual school of thought. And this point is really my Anarchist Cookbook 2.0, though someone under the CrimethInc name denounced the earlier seventies version. This one is definitely better both for anarchism and just in general effectiveness. Using cooking recipes as a metaphor, it lays out ways to stir up social, political, and economic revolution closer towards the political philosophy of anarchism. This is not to be confused with the common media stereotype of chaotic rioting, but towards an actual school of thought. And this point is really my main problem with the book. Anarchy has different versions called anarcho-communism and anarcho-syndicalism among others, but it said absolutely nothing about any of this or the goals being aimed for. One particular view that these authors seemed either oblivious to or in total disagreement with is anarcho-capitalism or anarcho-libertarianism. It contains frequent rants on capitalism and granted, even anarcho-capitalists might oppose the current state of capitalism but in making this move, the authors obscured anarchist thought and excluded a significant group, one that is more similar to the left wings than you might think. Another problem is the near complete lack of moral compass in this, it opposes everything bad about capitalism and government, but draws no lines about when sabotage is ethically permissible. I agree that shoplifting or fighting a cop might be justified in certain circumstances, but this said nothing about when that might be. I respect their will to leave it up to me to decide, but you can give some thoughts and leave it up to me, you don't have to leave it blank. It also talked about fighting fascists but said nothing of first trying to educate or reform them (however futile that might be). The book focuses on social mobilization, like black blocs and grassroots media, but also contains constructive do-it-yourself projects like wheatpasting posters and turning a bicycle into a record player. Yes it also contains instructions for stink bombs and molotov cocktails, but these are the minority of it. Some of the instructions could use more visuals. I also liked the activist sections for domestic violence, racism, and a number of other topics. My favorite part is probably the bit about magic and an overall theme that adds spirituality to the angry rebellion. Useful and interesting you're a grassroots activist person if nothing else.

  8. 4 out of 5

    HeavyReader

    I'm skipping around a lot in this book, not reading it straight through cover to cover. I may not even end up reading the entire thing. In any case, I'll leave it on my currently reading shelf for a while, then write a bit more about it before I move it to the read shelf. OK, so I didn't read every word in this book. It's a how-to book; there's no need to read every word. It's a reference book; one only needs to refer to it to learn how to do specific things. This book is full of good info for ac I'm skipping around a lot in this book, not reading it straight through cover to cover. I may not even end up reading the entire thing. In any case, I'll leave it on my currently reading shelf for a while, then write a bit more about it before I move it to the read shelf. OK, so I didn't read every word in this book. It's a how-to book; there's no need to read every word. It's a reference book; one only needs to refer to it to learn how to do specific things. This book is full of good info for activists. Read it to learn how lock down or cook a big meal of dumpstered food. Every radical library needs this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Graybird

    I'm giving it as many stars as I did because the mental health section was worth it. Obviously not comprehensive, but it really put things into perspective for me as someone who deals with a lot of crazy headspaces and sometimes doesn't know what to do about them. It's really weird that I had that sort of connection to a basic CrimethInc article, as opposed to some of the more well-known, profound, beautiful writing out there on radical mental health, but whatever works. The rest of the book is I'm giving it as many stars as I did because the mental health section was worth it. Obviously not comprehensive, but it really put things into perspective for me as someone who deals with a lot of crazy headspaces and sometimes doesn't know what to do about them. It's really weird that I had that sort of connection to a basic CrimethInc article, as opposed to some of the more well-known, profound, beautiful writing out there on radical mental health, but whatever works. The rest of the book is an entertaining read, sometimes annoyingly simplistic and trite, and not something that I can take very seriously, but still an interesting book to pick up every once in a while.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charles Martin

    One of three books that I bought from AK Press, an anarchist publisher. It is a more realistic and well-intentioned rework of the classic and tragically flawed counter-culture classic. There are many authors who impart real world recipies for everything from bike shops, dumpster diving to crashing parades. Because of the the many cooks, the recipes and writing are a bit uneven. Some can be fun and engaging, some can be intolerably self-righteous, but still worth a read and at its best, the book c One of three books that I bought from AK Press, an anarchist publisher. It is a more realistic and well-intentioned rework of the classic and tragically flawed counter-culture classic. There are many authors who impart real world recipies for everything from bike shops, dumpster diving to crashing parades. Because of the the many cooks, the recipes and writing are a bit uneven. Some can be fun and engaging, some can be intolerably self-righteous, but still worth a read and at its best, the book can be quite inspiring to anyone trying to tread their own path in the world. And if the government is watching, don't worry, I have no intention of becoming an enemy of the state.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Where many things with the word "anarchist" in the title set themselves up for failure, thus book succeeds with flying colors. The admission of "disaster" and a disclaimer that these recipes may not work makes this a charming coffee table or back-of-toilet read. It's wealth of DIY groundwork awesome layout, bold line drawings and smart, witty writing make it an entertaining and wholly convincing read. With things as pedestrian as making asphalt mosaics to stuff as monumental as undoing societal Where many things with the word "anarchist" in the title set themselves up for failure, thus book succeeds with flying colors. The admission of "disaster" and a disclaimer that these recipes may not work makes this a charming coffee table or back-of-toilet read. It's wealth of DIY groundwork awesome layout, bold line drawings and smart, witty writing make it an entertaining and wholly convincing read. With things as pedestrian as making asphalt mosaics to stuff as monumental as undoing societal operation, this book is a handy reference for a wide scope if folks, be they wide-eyed DIY-sters, jaded ex-punks, or someone's uninitiated cousin who wants to know what's up. This is it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John Gentry

    Update: It's just as fucking cool as it should be. I took a nice, brisk, stroll through this guide book. I took what I liked and left what I didn't. honestly I have nothing to complain about. this book shouldn't be expected to be some ultimate how to guide, it simply functions as an idea book. from it I learned of different organizations and different actions I can join or take. beyond that it is what it is.....buy it used, take it in and pass it along to the next person.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rob Haas

    a little disapointing considering the quality of work crimethinc. press usually puts out. Its a great field manual for everything D.I.Y. But really only useful if you live the suburban anarchist lifestyle and are looking for a way out. good to pick up when your bored and need an activity to keep busy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JP Martinez

    A very good book that presents a variety of ideas and helps you dream in an imaginative way a world in which the powers that currently exist do not need to have that power. It helps you dream up a new way of living. more to come later.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joby Elliott

    I would have loved about 1/3 of what was in this book, if I hadn't had to sift through the rest of it to get to the good stuff. I know it's a complaint that can't possibly be answered by an anarchist collective, but I'd like to see more ruthless editing next time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    CrimeInc is one of those activist groups which is either loved or loathed by fellow activists, but regardless of your personal stance with them, this book contains some useful information regarding many aspects of direct action etc. Easy to dip in and out of when needed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Keith Seekwhence

    A complete, separate and more practical take on what an anarchist cookbook should be. With concepts and ideologies for modern era. Very well done in layout, form, descriptions, illustrations and photography.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Una

    I'm not wild about Crimethinc but this book is useful. It's short on flippant, condescending, privileged politics and long on actual useful "recipes" for everything from silkscreening to how to deal with felony charges.

  19. 4 out of 5

    alex

    So much useful information for the armchair activist. So far it has the perspective of a guilty honky trying to do the right thing, but the practical information gives me hope. All 5th graders need to be taught the Pie Throwing chapter.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Urbanski

    Indispensable guide to resistance tactics. An updated anarchist cookbook that never fails to impress. This thing is loaded with clever insights & ideas. You get plenty of bang for your buck...literally. Got to http://crimethinc.com/ & pick up 700pages of mayhem for only 10bones.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zoo

    Crime think unteach you how to live the representation way and remind you on how to act. Directly. And be responsible for your own representation.

  22. 4 out of 5

    P.H.

    Yes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mirza Sultan-Galiev

    Why God? Why?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Oswald

    A how to book of things most of us will never do. Still super fun to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Edward Pissmeoff

    Cool projects. The politics arnt quite my own, but it takes all kinds, add they say.

  26. 4 out of 5

    jack

    havent actually read all of the recipes in here yet, tho i have used it as a reference on a few occasions. it was helpful.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaela Hildebrand

    I dont know how into building bombs I could ever be...although direct action is a great idea and I am glad that it is clearly described in this book. I am an ADD reader so i'm not done yet...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eric Gulliver

    ...just didn't feel right writing a review of this work...or rating it for that matter....

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mickmada

    Enjoyed the book its sparks ideas thoughts inspirations which is what its all about. Step by step guides & personal accounts.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nivasilyev

    doesn't mention free college. Does help you commit crimes intelligently =)=

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