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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: #285,144 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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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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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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7 of 12 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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25 of 41 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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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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13 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John A. Lucier on October 17, 2013
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It's been said this book is too short and while that may be true it's not going to matter if it's a dozen pages or a veritable War and Peace on the issue. A compilation of every known fact on the matter wouldn't sway conspiracy theorists. Why?

- If someone is wed to a conspiracy theory, logic, science, and any other information that subverts their religious belief in the conspiracy will simply be discounted (as in many religions).

Any testimony or evidence that does not fit the theory is simply lumped in with the evil forces driving events and discounted. Why? because the smug superiority of "being in on the secret" is intoxicating and addictive and a clearly identified villain is comforting. In their minds, its them standing bravely against "the man," while the foolish masses go blindly about their business.

In theory it should take just one page to destroy the beliefs of a Bush/Cheney conspiracy, simply because if the rationale for their motivations is simple human greed by corporate pigs... then the corporate pigs at United and American Airlines and their insurers would have left no stone unturned in their quest to protect their stock prices and deny insurance claims that totaled over $40 billion dollars. Why would these airlines tell everyone that their planes were hijacked and crashed if ANY thing but that were the case?

I'm afraid the good folks at PM wasted their time trying to offer reason to the unreasonable. Even Noam Chomsky dismisses the whole thing as patently absurd because of the sheer numbers of people that would be involved, and this includes (thanks to debunking9/11.com)
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-The NYC Police department who lost over 20 lives. They didn't ask for an investigation. Motive? None...
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