Posted by on Friday, 7 April 2017
THE MAN WHO wrote the infamous Anarchist Cookbook instructional guide has died at the age of 66.
William Powell wrote the book a the height of the Vietnam War and it was first published in 1971.
The book details a range of techniques of how to engage in violence, sabotage and acts of destruction, including how to make explosives.
The book is believed to have been used as source material ahead of some notorious acts of violence including the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School.
The book was produced and published at the peak of the counterculture movement in United States and it is believed that about two million copies have been sold.
The growth of the internet also provided the book with a new lease of life and it was distributed further.
Writing in The Guardian in 2013, Powell said he was motivated to write to book because of “government-sanctioned violence”. He wrote that these reasons still persist to this day but that he now feels the book is “flawed”:
Over the years, I have come to understand that the basic premise behind the Cookbook is profoundly flawed. The anger that motivated the writing of the Cookbook blinded me to the illogical notion that violence can be used to prevent violence.
It’s understood that Powell died in July of last year but it has only now become widely known after his death was recorded in the credits of a new documentary about him entitled American Anarchist.