Now, Powell maintains that the book was a misguided product of his young adulthood anger, triggered by the possibility that he would be drafted and sent to fight in the Vietnam warÂ—a war that he says he did not believe in. Powell admits to no longer believing in the bookÂ’s philosophy, and in 1976 when he became a confirmed Anglican Christian, he asked the publisher to stop publishing the book. However, insisting that the copyright was in the publisherÂ’s name, the publisher did not grant PowellÂ’s request.
In the early 1980s, the book rights were sold to another publisher, who, against PowellÂ’s wishes, published the book with the original bomb and drug recipe content. Powell receives no royalties from the sale of the book, currently published by Ozark, and a number of Internet Websites continue to market the book.
The original version of the book spawned a series of documents that described techniques for cracking computer systems, thus providing a source of education for the neophyte members in the Computer Underground.