I was a teenager in the 1970’s. I was 11 when THE ANARCHIST COOKBOOK came out. Teenagers know far less than they think they do, but we did know that the government hated the book. That meant we needed to get our hands on one.
I think I had mine by the time was thirteen. I kept it hidden in my bedroom the way young boys or old men hide pornographic magazines under the bed. THE ANARCHIST COOKBOOK contained information about how to make Molotov cocktails and other bombs. The information was partly incorrect, but it was so in-your-face to the government (and so very banned in so many places) that just owning felt like an act of defiance.
No one knew I had it. I bought it with cash, maybe even through a third party. I don’t really remember the details any more. But there was no database that tracked the purchase, nothing the government could have known except that somewhere in Los Angeles another copy was sold. Perhaps they could not have even known that, not then.~ read more ~