Concerned Citizen: The FBI’s Anarchist Cookbook Dossier

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  • 180 pages
  • 21.5 x 28 cm
  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-925-78801-3
  • Design: Duncan Blachford

When William Powell’s infamous publication, The Anarchist Cookbook (1971), drew the attention of the FBI, agents were assigned to track which stores sold the book and to find out if William Powell was a pseudonym.

In 2010, the FBI released the bulk of its investigative file on The Anarchist Cookbook – it is these files that are reproduced within Concerned Citizen. They are published here in-part as historical curiosity, and in-part for their readymade graphic design/art-book qualities; the two traits are arguably inseparable.


“At best, it was a fraud, a spoof; at worst, an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of anarchist practice”


“Powell’s infamous publication has a more legitimately anarchist precedent in The Science of Revolutionary Warfare (1885) by the anarchist bookbinder, Johann Joseph ‘Hans’ Most.”


“The FBI noted a request by John W. Dean III, counsel to President Nixon, for a copy of the book.”



“One of the crudest, low-brow, paranoiac writing efforts ever attempted.”
Federal Bureau of Investigation



“I would be very pleased (and relieved) to see it’s publication discontinued”

William Powell

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