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Steal This Book (Paperback)

Author:  Abbie Hoffman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 156858217X
ISBN-13: 9781568582177
Sku: 30853371
Publish Date: 2/1/2002
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  308
Age Range:  NA
A driving force behind the social revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, Hoffman inspired a generation to challenge the status quo. Meant as a practical guide for the aspiring hippie, "Steal This Book" captures Hoffman's puckish tone. Outrageously illustrated by R. Crumb, it nevertheless conveys a serious message to all would-be revolutionaries: You don't have to take it anymore. Illustrations.
Abbie Hoffman's STEAL THIS BOOK was turned down 30 times before it was finally published in 1970. It was banned in Canada, and many stores in the US refused to carry it. The book, of course, became an international sensation, leaping instantly onto the best-seller lists, making Hoffman even more famous than he already was. Hoffman won renown as a civil rights activist, antiwar organizer, and founder of the Yippies (Youth International Party). A diehard radical, he was arrested and jailed during the riots at the Democratic convention in Chicago in 1968 (and, in fact, wrote the introduction to STEAL THIS BOOK in "that graduate school of survival," the Cook County jail). A combination Boy Scout manual and anarchists' bible, the book is filled with sometimes arcane, sometimes obvious, sometimes inspiring advice on finding cracks in the system, capitalizing on them, and living free. Some of its contents seem quaint today: there are lists of communes across the US, tips on where to buy a used mimeograph machine for disseminating seditious literature, advice on sneaking into the subway using foreign coins (an Icelandic 5-auran piece is "the most effective quarter in the world"), and even some commentary on skyjacking planes with a plastic knife. But beneath all the jokes, the craziness, the murky black-and-white photos of people shoplifting and watering their marijuana plants, is a message that still resonates loud and clear over the years: don't just lie down and take it, fight back, question authority--and have some fun in the process.
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