This is my hilarious 9-minute appearance on the Mike Douglas Show promoting my best-selling book “PUBLIC WORKS – A Handbook for Self-Reliant Living,” a thousand pages of useful information aggregated from a variety of sources in the public domain. (Used copies can still be found on Amazon.) I assembled all this material as a political act in the belief that increased self-reliance leads to increased freedom. I wanted to provide the greatest amount of the most useful information at the lowest possible price. It also gave me the opportunity to present my political philosophy in an extended introduction that proved to be too radical for a couple of the book clubs that had ordered large amounts and refused to accept them unless they were reprinted without the introduction. It so happened that some of the cases in which the books were shipped were a little too large, resulting in some of the color on the cover being rubbed off as the books jiggled in their loose cases during shipment. When the replacements were printed, the offensive introduction was dropped and members of the Better Homes & Gardens book club could enjoy all that useful information without being infected by my radical Utopian-ism.
Fun facts: There were 200,000 copies in print. To hold them all, a bookshelf would have to be five miles long, and if they were stacked in a single pile, the stack would be as high as nine Empire State Buildings.