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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst; Updated edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588165477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588165473
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 

About the Author

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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Builidng 7 was not hit by a plane.
William G. Burton
Popular Mechanic's revised edition of their book "Debunking 9/11 Myths" will surely impress those who already believe the 9/11 Truth Movement has no credibility.
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This book certainly gets us no closer to the truth.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John H. Salch on August 7, 2014
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This review is so full of errors it must be an intentional coverup. No conspiracy could violate the laws of science. Building seven fell in free fall and that is acknowledged in the NIST report. Free fall is possible only if the floors are detonated to fall.
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27 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mark S. Griffin on January 3, 2014
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If you have read this book or plan on reading it, you must see, "September 11th - A New Pearl Harbor." You may find that this book addresses pretty much nothing when measured by its depth or its integrity. I don't think you will see a legitimate update of this book to address, the New Pearl Harbor (which certainly doesn't shy away from addressing this nonsense), as these phonies would need to rewrite physics at that point.

I'll give it one star as that is the minimum required, and also this book is worthwhile if researching case studies of methods used to spread lies as truth.
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38 of 61 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joey Kovacs on September 16, 2014
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A book for Government Truthers.
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Before I read this book, I had researched the events on September 11, 2001 myself and found a multitude of evidence that reinforced the general consensus supporting the theory that the incidents were acts of terrorism against the United States. However, there were an equal number of conspiracy theories that disregarded this evidence and provided support for different beliefs, all focused on exposing governmental involvement in the planning and execution of the attacks. These conspiracy theories have spread rapidly, especially through documentaries such as Loose Change and In Plane Sight, which are available on Netflix for the general population of uninformed viewers to watch and ignorantly trust. Whoever believes these conspiracy theories should read this book.
The five chapters focus on the five most prevalent, broad conspiracy claims; the chapters are then split into multiple sections delving into and refuting individual accusations that support these claims. The first chapter concentrates on the theory that the planes were not in fact commercial airliners but rather military cargo planes or fuel tankers, as well as the idea that Air Force jets did not scramble to intercept the missing flights. It deals with claims that the hijackers did not have the flying skills needed to fly the planes for extended distances and into a specific target; it then disproves these claims by detailing the training of the men, exposing their more-than-amateur pilot abilities, in addition to explaining that it does not take an extraordinary amount of flying experience to accomplish their goals.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles G Smith on July 14, 2014
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Written with anger toward the conspiracy theorists. I'm objective on the questions and hoped they would be.
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11 of 20 people found the following review helpful By kfawcett on May 9, 2014
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This book has one simple message: believe all our theories or you are a conspiracy theorist. Popular Mechanics shoots down a few of the more easy target conspiracy theories, but that is few and far between. On the tougher questions of 9/11 the book either avoids them entirely or provides the prevailing government theory and makes the mistake of assuming their untested theories are fact. They consider their theorizing as completely different from conspiracy theorists' theorizing. The Popular Mechanics "scientific" method is as follows:

1. We present the latest prevailing government theory from our cherry-picked experts as if it's proven fact.
2. We automatically label anyone who questions this prevailing theory as a conspiracy theorist.
3. We devote whole chapters to pop-psychology analysis of why conspiracy theorists are always irrational and wrong, something we prove by using cherry-picked examples of what a few conspiracy theorist do and say, and applying that to every naysayer uniformly.
4. Since all our opponents have been "proven" as crazy by our ad-hominem propaganda in step 3, our theories are now proven fact.

This utterly fraudulent approach is the kind of propaganda one would expect from politicians and windbag media commentators. Indeed this book's style appears to be for their benefit providing quick sound bites they can use to talk over more intelligent people. I would have expected better from a long running magazine like Popular Mechanics but today’s' editors seem to be undermining the magazine's credibility, not because of their choice to support the government's version of 9/11, but because of the fallacious way they go about doing it.
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