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The long-lasting effects of revolutionary rhetoric explored in doc 'American Anarchist'

The long-lasting effects of revolutionary rhetoric explored in doc 'American Anarchist'

In 1969, an angry young man caught up in the social unrest of the period holed up in the New York Public Library poring through piles of military manuals and eventually emerged with “The Anarchist Cookbook.”

Containing detailed instructions for making TNT and “converting a shotgun into a grenade launcher,” William Powell’s Yippie manifesto was the pre-Internet-era fad that wouldn’t fade, a book later co-opted by terrorists and alienated outsiders who bypassed the armchair revolutionary rhetoric and went straight for the recipes.

Profiling Powell in an unflinchingly probing interview, Charlie Siskel’s “American Anarchist” delivers a fascinating cautionary tale that asks, “How...

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