The story of one of the most infamous books ever written, “The Anarchist Cookbook,” and the role it’s played in the life of its author, now 65, who wrote it at 19 in the midst of the counterculture upheaval of the late ’60s and early ’70s.
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Documentaries often serve a publicity economy, presenting subjects and filmmakers using one another for personal advantage of one kind or another. All well and good. AMERICAN ANARCHIST betrays a reductive agenda, but Charlie Siskel is probably to be credited for pushing. Bill Powell's faltering mea culpa seems important at a time when we are trying to establish how errant men might meaningfully express contrition.