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Steal This Book (original 1971; edição 2002)

por Abbie Hoffman (Autor)

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A handbook of survival and warfare for the citizens of Woodstock Nation A classic of counterculture literature and one of the most influential--and controversial--documents of the twentieth century, Steal This Book is as valuable today as the day it was published. It has been in print continuously for more than four decades, and it has educated and inspired countless thousands of young activists. Conceived as an instruction manual for radical social change, Steal This Book is divided into three sections--Survive! Fight! and Liberate! Ever wonder how to start a guerilla radio station? Or maybe you want to brush up on your shoplifting techniques. Perhaps you're just looking for the best free entertainment in New York City. (The Frick Collection--"Great when you're stoned.") Packed with information, advice, and Abbie's unique outlaw wisdom ("Avoid all needle drugs--the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon."), Steal This Book is a timeless reminder that, no matter what the struggle, freedom is always worth fighting for. "All Power to the Imagination was his credo. Abbie was the best."--Studs Terkel… (mais)
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Título:Steal This Book
Autores:Abbie Hoffman (Autor)
Informação:Da Capo Press (2002), Edition: First Trade Paper Edition, 352 pages
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Steal This Book por Abbie Hoffman (1971)

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    Sylak: This is basically what the same book looks like on the other side of the Atlantic.
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Ok "stole" this from my friend's bookshelf. After the first few pages I was so disgusted by Hoffman's attitude that I gave it back! Hoffman was a selfish, self aggrandizing wise# . How could anyone take him seriously? This truly was the worst wreck I ever 'read. YUCK! ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
This edition is a 1982 reprint of the original 1971 text, with a 1772 “copyright”. (That’s not a typo – YIPpie at work.) About all Steal this Book is good for these days is nostalgia, although Hoffman’s firebomb designs still are nice simple classics. This is where I first learned to cap a Molotov cocktail, instead of running down the street with a bottle of gasoline poorly plugged with a gas-soaked rag in one hand, and an open flame in the other. Ah, youth.
The youth of today won’t believe that once upon a time you could walk onto an airplane without even a boarding pass, much less a cavity search. And shoplifting didn’t involve electronic countermeasures.
I would recommend against trying most of the money-making scams listed here. Even in 1971, many were too well-known to work anymore. I know. I got busted on two occasions back in the day following Abbie’s advice. And I remember going to the little shop in Manhattan that this book said sold foreign coins to be used as slugs. I think it was a sewing notions shop. I remember the sign expressing displeasure, shall we say, with Mr. Hoffman’s misinformation. Memories! ( )
  Khan37X | Aug 8, 2019 |
This book hasn't aged well. I think that the author would have been aware that it would suffer this problem. How could a book that sets out to advise its audience as to how to circumvent the 'system', stay relevant? Things change: the electronic telephone exchanges have been replaced by digital equipment; the workplace is now unrecognizably different to that when this was penned.

So, why would one bother to read this tome? There are three reasons; firstly, as an historic document. It is a great insight into the world of the hippie rebel. Then, it tells us more about Abbie Hoffman and that is important if we are to take the meat of his teaching on board. Finally, there are some nuggets of information which is still relevant in the current age.

Read it for fun and take the wisdom as a useful extra. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Dec 15, 2018 |
I originally read this book in the long ago times, when it was first published. There was a lot of information in it that seemed entertaining, but not actually as useful as it sounded. I recalled the constant suggestions of how to shoplift, and steal, and it bothered me then. It still does. This copy has an interesting foreword by Lisa Fithian, and then an introduction by Al Giordano, who talks about the original naming of the book, and other things, and both of those are worth the price of admission.

It was published so very long ago, and this isn't just a reprint. With the exception of the updates for Fithian and Giordano, it's basically photocopied from the original. It's uneven; there's at least one image of a cartoon where most of the words are impossible to read. Then again, I don't know that it matters all that much. It's certainly a trip down memory lane. I lived in those times, and I'm not sure that it reads the same for those to whom Nixon is an historical figure, and the 1968 Democratic convention is a footnote, at best. I remember that night better than I remember breakfast this morning, and the world changed then.

Abbie Hoffman was born out of those times. So was this book. It's a mirror for those days, but the mirror is a distorted one. (It's also terribly dated, but that's to be expected. 1971 was a LONG time ago.) ( )
  Lyndatrue | Apr 15, 2018 |
Abbie Hoffman and “Steal this Book” was my introduction to the counter culture of the late 60s. I read this (borrowed from a library rather than stealing it) nearly 30 years after it was written (and twenty years prior to this review) and couldn’t help but feel galvanised by Hoffman (although it took me some time to find out who the author was and then how important this Hoffman chap was).

Hoffman recommends a list of sometimes ingenious ways to get stuff for free, ranging from meat from the meat packers area of New York (make the meat hit the ground and then they have to throw it away) to free buffalos. He also reminisces about the time he rained money down on the NY Stock Exchange and how the stick brokers went apeshit. Obviously all good fun for the people that followed Hoffman’s lead but stepping back you know that Hoffman was criticised for publicising the free stuff, leading lots of people to try the same, thus annoying the people who were doing it regularly as a way to live, and of course the poor meat packers who were swamped with idiots trying to get them to drop the meat. Still, a great time capsule of western civilisation in the late 1960s. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Sep 21, 2017 |
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A handbook of survival and warfare for the citizens of Woodstock Nation A classic of counterculture literature and one of the most influential--and controversial--documents of the twentieth century, Steal This Book is as valuable today as the day it was published. It has been in print continuously for more than four decades, and it has educated and inspired countless thousands of young activists. Conceived as an instruction manual for radical social change, Steal This Book is divided into three sections--Survive! Fight! and Liberate! Ever wonder how to start a guerilla radio station? Or maybe you want to brush up on your shoplifting techniques. Perhaps you're just looking for the best free entertainment in New York City. (The Frick Collection--"Great when you're stoned.") Packed with information, advice, and Abbie's unique outlaw wisdom ("Avoid all needle drugs--the only dope worth shooting is Richard Nixon."), Steal This Book is a timeless reminder that, no matter what the struggle, freedom is always worth fighting for. "All Power to the Imagination was his credo. Abbie was the best."--Studs Terkel

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