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Kurt Saxon
Donald Eugene Sisco

(1932-03-06)March 6, 1932
DiedAugust 16, 2021(2021-08-16) (aged 89)

Kurt Saxon (born Donald Eugene Sisco; March 6, 1932 – August 16, 2021) was an American writer, radio host, survivalist 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,[1] the John Birch Society, the Minutemen, and the Church of Scientology. 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 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


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 M.C., 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 1976 he began publishing The Survivor to celebrate forgotten pioneer skills.[7] These newsletters combined Saxon's articles with reprints of articles on 19th century technology of interest to the survivalist movement. He later compiled the material into a series of books by the same name.

As his own publisher, Saxon advertised his work in such publications as the Berkeley Barb.[8]

During the early 1990s when the American 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.[9]



From his earliest works, Saxon's writing has been cited and recommended in more mainstream publications. How to Cut Your Food Bill by Half or More was acknowledged in both survivalist[10] and money management[11] fields. His 1976 book Medicines Like Granddad Used to Make was included in a U.S. Department of Health bibliography of medical history.[12]

Selected works



  • The Militant's Formulary. Atlan Formularies, 1971.
Published under Saxon's birth name, Don Sisco.
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, by W. B. Dick. Published in 1872 by Dick & Fitzgerald in New York, now with a new foreword by Kurt Saxon.
  • Old Time Home Food Processing For Fun and Profit. Eureka, CA: Atlan Formularies, 1977.
  • Survival Foods, Plus. Eureka, CA: Atlan Formularies, 1977.
  • Classic Ghosts and Vampires. 1978.
"Dedicated to Stanton Zaharoff La Vey."
Critique of Alex Haley's book and TV series Roots
  • Street Fighting: America's Martial Art. El Dorado, AK: Desert Publications, 1979. ISBN 0879474289.
Published under the pseudonym "George Carpenter".

Book contributions






See also



  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 [dead link]
  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 [dead link]
  7. ^ Osnos, Evan. "Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich."The New Yorker, 23 January 2017. Archived from the original.
  8. ^ "How to Cut Your Food Bill by Half or More", by Kurt Saxon (advertisement). Berkeley Barb, Vol. 16, No. 26, Issue 385, 29 December 1972. JSTOR community.28033406.
  9. ^ A Technology for Survival
  10. ^ Henderson, Martha Allen.The Great Survival Resource Book. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 1980.
  11. ^ Bennett, Vito, and Cricket Clagett. 1001 Ways to Stretch a Dollar. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1977. ISBN 0136366880. ISBN 978-0136366881.
  12. ^ Bibliography of the History of Medicine, No. 15. U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service. Bethesda, Maryland: National Library of Medicine, 1979.

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