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Debunking 9/11 Myths is a reliable and rational answer to the many fanciful conspiracy theories about 9/11… What happened on 9/11 has been well established by the 9/11 Commission. What did not happen has now been clearly explained by Popular Mechanics.”--Richard A. Clarke, former national security advisor, author of Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror
 
“This book is a victory for common sense; 9/11 conspiracy theorists beware: Popular Mechanics has popped your paranoid bubble world, using pointed facts and razor-sharp analysis.” -Austin Bay, national security columnist (Creators Syndicate) and co-author of From Shield to Storm
 
“There is no time to waste. You must purchase Debunking 9/11 Myths.”--Rocky Mountain News
 
“Certainly one of the most original--and potentially controversial--titles on the topic.”--Publishers Weekly
 
“Do you have a friend who emails you the most recent documentary 'proving' that a missile impacted the Pentagon or that timed explosions brought down WTC-7? Buy him a copy of this book. He'll thank you later.”--Weekly Standard 

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David Dunbar is executive editor of POPULAR MECHANICS and led the editorial team that produced the groundbreaking cover story debunking the conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11. He has also directed the magazine’s coverage of the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.
 
Brad Reagan is a contributing editor to POPULAR MECHANICS and has reported for the magazine on digital forensics and on the counterterrorism programs of the New York Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. He was previously a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal.
 
Popular Mechanics is read by 9.6 million people every month. With more than 100 years of expertise in covering science and technology, the magazine is ideally equipped to confront the rumors surrounding 9/11 and explore the evidence with scientific facts.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst; Updated edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588165477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588165473
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phil Toop on April 14, 2015
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This book make as many assumptions and un-sourced (or at least unacknowledged sources) statements as the "myths" it is trying to debunk. I was expecting a far more analytical look at the 9-11 story. The book was more like a long magazine article, but not from a magazine of the calibre of Popular Mechanics.
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42 of 67 people found the following review helpful By David R. Fuller on October 19, 2011
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I bought this book to see just exactly the arguments of the 9-11 conspiracy buffs were. I got the soft cover
version, not a Kindle download, because I figured there would be a lot of graphics which don't turn out well on my Kindle. I was wrong about the second point; there are some photos, but no line drawings, which I find disappointing.

What's really disappointing is the size of the book -- one can read it comfortably in an evening, and it is anything but encyclopedic. From my experience with 9-11 conspiracy people, they will simply dimiss this book as
a quicky sales job of the establishment position, and, regrettably, I think I may have to agree with them.
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14 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A D BRASH on March 8, 2014
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I've discovered to my cost that trying to convince truthers [sic] that maybe the many and varied "inside job theories" they promote are flawed, and that 19 Muslim extremists DID, in fact, commit an audacious and staggeringly effective terrorist attack against the US, is exactly like trying to convince a fundamentalist Christian that evolution is far more plausible than creationism. Every thing that seems strange to them, that they don't personally understand, or that seems ironic, coincidental or hard to imagine is evidence of a huge cover-up; every flaw, contradiction, implausibility in their own theory is glossed over. Or - more often - is answered with "I don't pretend to know everything - who knows what the government is capable of! - I just know the Official Story is full of holes and we need a proper investigation... blah, blah, blah." If these guys were truly interested in the truth - as they claim - then they'd be prepared to categorically abandon many of the claims that've been thoroughly - and repeatedly - debunked. (To pick one out of the dozens: No plane wreckage at the Pentagon or at the crash site of United 93 when... there was.) But they don't, perhaps worried that to admit that any of the so-called "mysteries" they claim to be smoking guns does, in fact, have a logical explanation, might cause their whole house of cards to tumble.

No one book can cover all the myriad theories, but this one does an excellent job of taking several of the major ones and patiently explaining their flaws. One thing that came out of their investigation was that they suddenly found themselves charged with being part of some huge conspiracy.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By marcthis on March 16, 2015
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If you're ready for a small dose of technical jargon, and some relief that an American administration didn't do the unthinkable, this book will quell your fears. It won't stop that nagging voice in your conscience whispering "How the hell could this have happened?!", but it will satisfy you that there is much misinformation and hysteria--some by people with scientific cred.--still out there that is refutable.
The idea that the hapless W. administration could engineer such a thing without discovery was ridiculous at the outset, but there were so many questions left dangling. And the manifestly incompetent Presidency of W. didn't help any by callously refusing the pleas of the 9/11 victims to come forward with all the facts about why their loved one(s) lost their life.
The Popular Mechanics folks do it the right way, and take on the "myths" systematically, one by one. The book is so meticulously documented that--if I was an engineer or physicist--I would have given it a 5 star rating. The amount of information gathered is truly impressive.
I confess, I still have an uneasiness--a nagging doubt--that we got all the truth out of the Bush administration. Its plethora of seasoned, yet arrogant and paranoid bureaucrats, were capable of such stupidity and almost childish, cloak-and-dagger shenanigans, that you wonder if they were capable of ignoring the warnings purposely, and allowing this to happen. But if you still had lingering doubt about missiles, controlled detonations, absent wreckage, or attackers other that Al Qaeda, "9/11 Myths" obliterates those myths entirely--with scientific fact, methodically presented. It's a good and necessary treatment of a day as dark as the smoke that rose from those towers.

The Popular Mechanics folks
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95 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Well-Read on March 3, 2012
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While I don't consider myself a conspiracy theorist, I do have some unanswered questions about 911 that need answering. This book was fairly useless in that regard. Pretty much more of the mainstream stuff that just fuels me to distrust the official version of events more and more, regardless of the implications on my psyche. There is plenty of crap out there on both sides of the debate, but I really did expect more from Popular Mechanics... it's brand implies a sense of objectivity. What do they think, we are all 4-year-olds who can't think out of the box?

For example, on p. 40 there is a reference to the fact that "conspiracy theorists" (generally considered a derogatory term that does little but attempt to stifle real debate - a red flag I have learned to watch out for as a sign of bias) claim that no hi-rise in history has come down due to fire alone, to which the authors of this book retort, "...in a sense, they are right: Fire alone did not bring down the towers"... damage to columns, dislodging of fireproofing, etc... all contributed as well. That's all fine and dandy, and somewhat reasonable.

But didn't they read the report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology on WTC 7? That reports states that this 47-storey hi-rise DID come down due to office fires alone, and that structural damage from WTC1 and 2 played NO role. So while they are going to extensive efforts to discredit "conspiracy theorists", Popular Mechanics is also discrediting NIST... now I'm really confused.

Also, the examples of people representing the "conspiracy theorists" position are ridiculous, the flakiest of the flaky - classic straw man argument. Why didn't they refute some of the finding of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth...
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