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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Amok Books is an American publisher. Amok means "to go mad with rage" (uncontrollable rage).

Stuart Swezey is the publisher of Amok Books and co-editor of the highly acclaimed Amok Fourth Dispatch sourcebook of the extremes of information in print.

"Long before you could seek out the fate of the foreskin or search through an Internet database on crime, Stuart Swezey's Amok Books was the source of anomalous data in America. The first Amok Dispatch, a newsprint catalog listing 300 titles on everything from conspiracy theory to Dada classics, was a loud and obnoxious monster truck on the information frontage road of 1986." --Patrick Hughes via

Nothing is true, everything is permitted

Stuart Swezey interviewed by Jack Sargeant

The Amok Fourth Dispatch — with its cheesy-yet-sinister painting of a maniacally grinning middle-aged suburban mother — was, when published in 1990, one of the first texts to recognise the dictum that wars, at least in the West, are now concerned with information: access to information, understanding information, withholding information, and disseminating information. Knowledge — as Foucault once wrote — is intrinsically linked to power, as such the book is indispensable. The 350-plus pages of this telephone book sized tome formed a theoretical and practical brainscape to the multiple (and frequently dangerous) literatures that formed and/ or explored the murky terrains of neglected/banned /bizarre/curious/illegal/sexy information.


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