You know, we don’t ban books in America,” says Billy Blann, who bought the rights to the "Cookbook" in 2002, just as digital sales took off. Blann is the founder of Delta Press, “the world’s most outrageous catalog,” as he calls it, and the purveyor of guides on “Justifiable Homicide,” “The Poor Man’s Nuclear Bomb,” and “The Butane Lighter Hand Grenade
was an accessory in the arsenal of Karl Pierson, the student who opened fire last week inside a Colorado high school, leaving one girl in a coma before taking his own life.
“The Anarchist Cookbook,” which Pierson read in the days before his rampage, isn’t a guide to culinary revolution. It’s the original how-to of homicide and mass murder — and sales are still raging, with distribution from the likes of Amazon and Barnes & Noble, even as the work is linked to terrorist acts around the world.
Now, in rare interviews with NBC News, the publisher and the author of the "Cookbook" are trading blows about the book’s future.
“'The Anarchist Cookbook' should go quietly and immediately out of print,” says William Powell, who wrote the book as a stern 19-year-old, an opponent of the Vietnam War who felt violence was justified if it could prevent even greater violence in the process. He has since renounced that position, but never so forcefully, telling NBC in an email that “it is no longer responsible or defensible to keep it in print
I used to own a copy (probably still do and just buried in a box somewhere) and it is garbage. Anyone that attempts to follow the recipes in the book are far more likely to remove themselves from the gene pool than they are to cause actual destruction.
Hell.. Ive had a copy of that book and its revisions for YEARS. It wont ever be taken out of circulation.. its downloadable all over the place these days as well. I got my first copy from Palladin Press yrs ago.. cool info in it. 'Specially if you have stumps to blast out.
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We have banned plenty of books in America, even done a few book and record burnings. It happens. Luckily with digital media you just can't ban things like the cookbook as effectively, and well, can't you just google videos of how to do that stuff anyway?
I know someone who has an original 1971 copy of the book. I wonder if its worth anything?