Kurt Saxon

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Kurt Saxon
Donald Eugene Sisco

(1932-03-06) March 6, 1932 (age 88)

Kurt Saxon (born Don Sisco on March 6, 1932) is a survivalist, former American Nazi Party member[1], and the author of The Poor Man's James Bond, a series of books on improvised weapons and munitions.


During the 1960s, Saxon drifted into and out of several political organizations and new religious movements, including the American Nazi Party, the John Birch Society, the Minutemen, the Church of Scientology, and the Church of Satan. In August 1970, he appeared before a Senate Investigations subcommittee holding hearings on bombings and terrorism. According to newspaper accounts, he suggested police and "concerned citizens" use bombs to wipe out "leftists," and recommended that student demonstrators be machine-gunned in the streets.[2]

By the early 1970s he came to reject the political and religious groups of the 1960s, and began writing on homesteading and preparedness issues. He claims to have coined the term "survivalism"[3] to refer to making preparations for a future collapse of society and/or a major disaster.[4]

Saxon claimed that David Letterman had once invited him to appear on his show to demonstrate recipes from his book Granddad’s Wonderful Book of Chemistry, but later cancelled Saxon's appearance after a rehearsal went badly.[5]

In the early 1990s, Saxon had a shortwave radio program over WRNO, New Orleans, Louisiana.[6]

Books and periodicals[edit]

Saxon is the author, under his birth name "Don Sisco," of The Militant's Formulary. After his legal name change to Kurt Saxon, he authored the biker book Wheels of Rage, a partially fictitious, but mostly factual account of the San Fernando, California based Iron Cross MC, an Outlaw motorcycle club; the Poor Man's James Bond series of books on improvised weaponry; and Granddad's Wonderful Book of Chemistry as well as Granddad's Wonderful Book of Electricity, which are compilations of several out of print hobbyist booklets on home brew chemistry and electronics projects.

In 1975 he began publishing the newsletter, The Survivor, which combined Saxon's articles with reprints of articles on 19th century technology of interest to the survivalist movement. The Survivor is also the name of a series of books he compiled on this material. During the early 1990s when the militia movement was at its peak in the United States, Saxon published a short-lived magazine called U.S. Militia.

Saxon also wrote at least one article for Mel Tappan's P.S. Letter.[7]


These books are listed in the catalog of the Library of Congress. Only one carries a valid ISBN (see list below); it is published in El Dorado, Arkansas by Desert Publications. The other volumes were all published by "Atlan Formularies" in Eureka, California, and later in Harrison, Arkansas.

  • Bar Drinks and Booze Like Granddad Used to Make (1976)
  • Fireworks & Explosives Like Granddad Used to Make (1975)
  • Granddad’s Wonderful Book of Chemistry (1987)
  • How to Cut Your Food Bill by Half or More; City Survival During the Famine to Come 2nd ed. (1973)
  • The Instant Who’s Who in the Bible (1974)
  • Keeping Score on Modern Prophets (1974)
  • Medicines Like Granddad Used to Make (1976) [Reprint of the Medical department section of Dr. Chase’s recipes; or, Information for everybody, by A. W. Chase, and of selections from Dick’s encyclopaedia of practical receipts and processes, W. B. Dick, published in 1872 by Dick & Fitzgerald, New York; with a new foreword by K. Saxon.]
  • The New Improved Poor Man’s James Bond Revised ed., corr. and enl. (1988)
  • The Poor Man’s James Bond; the complete "militant’s formulary" and much, much more (1972)
  • The Poor Man’s James Bond 4th ed. (1974?)
  • The Poor Man’s James Bond Revised ed. (1991) ISBN 0-87947-226-X
  • The Survivor (1987-1988)
  • Wheels of Rage; the Story of the Iron Cross Motorcycle Club (1974)
  • "Root Rot" (1981) Critique of Alex Haley's book and TV series Roots

Other book titles mentioned at his web site:

  • Classic Ghosts and Vampires
  • Granddad’s Wonderful Book of Electricity
  • Granddad’s Wonderful Book of Magic
  • Granddad’s Wonderful Book of Toys
  • The Survivor (Volumes 1 through 10)

Published under the pseudonym "George Carpenter":

  • Street Fighting: America's Martial Art (1979); Desert Publications, Cornville, Arizona; ISBN 0-87947-428-9

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Doornbos, Harald; Moussa, Jenan (September 9, 2014). "Recipes From the Islamic State's Laptop of Doom". Retrieved June 3, 2020. One 21-minute clip, featuring former American Nazi Party member Kurt Saxon, offers instructions for how to obtain the deadly toxin ricin from castor beans.
  2. ^ Transcript of Donald Sisco's 1970 U.S. Senate testimony
  3. ^ What is a Survivalist? Archived 2015-04-21 at the Wayback Machine Kurt Saxon, 1980
  4. ^ Wayne King (11 June 1983). "Troubling links discovered among right-wing groups". The Spokesman-Review. p. 19.
  5. ^ Mizokami, Kyle (10 November 2017). "Manual for Mayhem: How One Man Tried to Teach Everyday People to Make Anti-Tank Missiles". warisboring.com. War Is Boring. Retrieved 20 November 2017. Saxon claimed to have been invited to appear on David Letterman... Letterman allegedly cancelled Saxon’s appearance.
  6. ^ Nation Buffeted By Airwaves Of Hate Talk NY Daily News, April 27, 1995
  7. ^ A Technology for Survival

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