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Review: Absinthe & Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously (Paperback)

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I debated a bit about posting this review. I have enough critical sentiment on this blog that posting a review about a book which takes your from creating your own gunpowder through creating flamethrowers, may give folks the idea that I am advocating violence. This is not the case. I in no way endorse violence.
I like most men, enjoy cool somewhat dangerous tinker projects. William Gurstelle describes this as the type T personality. The attraction to a bit of danger/adrenaline in your life. Absinthe and Flamethrowers caters to that inner need for thrills.
After a bit of a long introduction about why people are attracted to dangerous things, Gurstelle takes you through creating gunpowder (including creating your own charcoal), creating match cord and fuses, small firework rockets and smoke bombs. He then changes gears a bit and discusses the connoisseur approach to purchasing a drinking Absinthe, throwing knives, using a bullwhip, Bartitsju, eating dangerous food and finally caps the book off with creating a propane based flame thrower.
The instructions are very safety conscious, and he repeatedly warns folk about checking local ordinances before attempting any of these projects.
This is a fun, dangerous book which reads like an issue of Make crossed with the Anarchist Cookbook. Its is a great read.
I also recommend his previous work, Backyard Ballistics. Which covers Tennis Ball Mortars, Catapults, Dry Cleaner Bag Ballons and more. Generally speaking these are slightly tamer and equally fun.