Donald Eugene Sisco
March 6, 1932
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.
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" to refer to making preparations for a future collapse of society and/or a major disaster.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 and money management fields. His 1976 book Medicines Like Granddad Used to Make was included in a U.S. Department of Health bibliography of medical history.
- The Militant's Formulary. Atlan Formularies, 1971.
- Published under Saxon's birth name, Don Sisco.
- The Poor Man's James Bond: The Complete "Militant's Formulary" and Much, Much More. Atlan Formularies, 1972.
- How to Cut Your Food Bill by Half or More (City Survival During the Famine to Come). Atlan Formularies, 1973. [2nd ed.]
- The Instant Who's Who in the Bible. Atlan Formularies, 1974.
- Keeping Score on Modern Prophets. Alpena, AR: Atlan Formularies, 1974.
- The Poor Man's James Bond. Atlan Formularies, 1973. [4th ed.]
- Wheels of Rage: The Story of the Iron Cross Motorcycle Club. Atlan Formularies, 1974.
- Fireworks & Explosives Like Granddad Used to Make. Atlan Formularies, 1975.
- Granddad’s Wonderful Book of Chemistry. Eureka, CA: Atlan Formularies, 1975.
- Bar Drinks and Booze Like Granddad Used to Make. Atlan Formularies, 1976.
- Liquors and Soda Fountain Drinks Like Granddad Used To Make . Atlan Formularies, 1976.
- Medicines Like Granddad Used to Make. Atlan Formularies, 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, 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."
- Root-Rot: Kurt Saxon's Answer to Alex Haley. Alpena, AR: Atlan Formularies, 1978.
- Published under the pseudonym "George Carpenter".
- Granddad’s Wonderful Book of Electricity. Atlan Formularies, 1980.
- The New Improved Poor Man's James Bond. Atlan Formularies, 1988. [Revised ed.]
- The Poor Man's James Bond, Vol. 1. El Dorado, AR: Desert Publications, 1991. [Revised ed.]
- Granddad's Wonderful Book of Magic. Alpena, AR: Atlan Formularies, 2003. ISBN 1881801225.
- Granddad's Wonderful Book of Toys. Atlan Formularies. [Undated.]
- "Investing in Survival." In: Black, Bob. Rants & Incendiary Tracts: Voices of Desperate Illumination, 1558-Present. Amok Press, Loompanics Unlimited, 1988. pp. 186-191.
- Shoestring Entrepreneur. "Kurt Saxons Journal of Home Business." Formerly The Survivor.
- vol. 1, no. 1 (1993)
- vol. 1, no. 2 (1994)
- The Survivor. OCLC 7379488.
- The Poor Man's Armorer. "The only magazine of improvised weaponry." OCLC 223799232.
- U.S. Militia. "The only magazine for community defense." OCLC 818900670.
- vol. 1, no. 1 (1993)
- vol. 1, no. 2 (1993)
- vol. 1, no. 3 (1993)
- vol. 1, no. 4 (1994)
- The Weaponeer. OCLC 8715340.
- Full collection (1984)
- "Survival is Looking After #1." 1976.
- "Friends or Allies: Choice for Survival." 1977.
- "Survival and the Paranoid." 1977.
- "The Coming Warlords." 1978.
- "The Killer Caravans." 1979.
- "Roadblocks." 1979.
- "Survival Thinking." 1979.
- "Investment in Survival." 1980.
- "What is a Survivalist?" 1980.
- "Boone County: Shangri-La of the Ozarks." 1981.
- "Fear in the City." 1981.
- "How Not to Survive." 1981.
- "Script Outline for 'Bugout.'" 1981.
- "Survival School." The Survivor, Vol. 5, 1981.
- "Warnings from the Past." 1981.
- "You Can't Trust a 'Patriot'." 1995.
- "A Technology for Survival." Mel Tappan's Personal Survival Letter. 1996. [Revised ed.].
- Heard, Alex. "Browsing Through Bilge." Washington Post, 16 June 1991. Archived from the original.
- Larabee, Ann. The Wrong Hands: Popular Weapons Manuals and their Historic Changes to Democratic Society. Oxford University Press, 2015.
- Toy, Eckard. "'Promised Land' or Armageddon? History, Survivalists, and the Aryan Nations in the Pacific Northwest." Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Vol. 36, No. 3, Summer 1986, pp. 80–82. JSTOR 4518994.
- Walker, Jesse. "What Do You Get if You Cross Red Dawn with a Cooking Show?" Reason, 20 July 2018. Archived from the original.
- 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.
- Transcript of Donald Sisco's 1970 U.S. Senate testimony[dead link]
- What is a Survivalist? Archived 2015-04-21 at the Wayback Machine Kurt Saxon, 1980
- Wayne King (11 June 1983). "Troubling links discovered among right-wing groups". The Spokesman-Review. p. 19.
- 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.
- Nation Buffeted By Airwaves Of Hate Talk NY Daily News, April 27, 1995[dead link]
- Osnos, Evan. "Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich." The New Yorker, 23 January 2017. Archived from the original.
- "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.
- A Technology for Survival
- Henderson, Martha Allen.The Great Survival Resource Book. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 1980.
- Bennett, Vito, and Cricket Clagett. 1001 Ways to Stretch a Dollar. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1977. ISBN 0136366880. ISBN 978-0136366881.
- 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.