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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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  • 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 (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blair G on June 22, 2015
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If I could give half a star, I grudgingly would. Notice Arizona's Republican Senator John McCain's Foreword is missing from this new edition of the volume. I wonder if he came to "see the light", or rather darkness, that he was assisting by lending his name to a pack of lies? See this website for a comparison of the earlier edition of this book compared to this edition: http://bgadsby.wix.com/blairs-blog#!hungry-for-truth/c1eg9

This new edition of the Popular Mechanics (PM) pathetic and inept, stress the INEPT, attempt to discredit 9/11Truth is so dismal, one need no scientific training to see through their parrot-like presentation of government stories. For example, the WTC7 issue, PM does nothing to elaborate upon the government explanation of "thermal expansion" but only repeats it and focuses upon one single column, like a magical column, Column 79 was the key to the entire building's collapse. This is very inept as an explanation.

Worse, these lies appeal to science and they fool most people, who really don't want to "go there" anyway. Evidently, PM doesn't mind lending its name to the cover-up. Sadly, citizens simply can no longer trust their once hallowed institutions. Any number of media darlings (PBS, History Channel, all news stations, TIME...you get the idea) have sold their souls and corrupted their names and respective disciplines by toeing-the-political-line and peddling the myth of angry Muslims/Arabs attacking us because we are so wonderful. How silly.

What grabs me is that judging by the comments/reviews of this book, people are not so simple-minded as PM would like to think. Sure, the vast majority of the public don't seem to care enough to follow these questions to their unpleasant conclusions, but among those who do...
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2 of 4 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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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dark Shadow on June 19, 2015
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While the internet rumor factory threatens to drag civilization back to a medieval realm of ignorance and superstition, I'm happy to see science still has some value. This is the updated version of the Popular Mechanics classic; probably should be called debunking the debunking debunking, in response to Griffin's failed 2007 rebuttal to the original 2006 PM book. Not surprisingly, there is no shortage of hostility against it, coming from people who desperately want to believe their government destroyed the World Trade Center and murdered thousands of American citizens. And... what was the reason again? To make it easier to start a war? For this, we're supposed to believe people would risk their lives to commit multiple acts of treason and capital crimes? Preposterous and baseless. All these years later, the conspiracy clowns have failed to produce one single piece of physical evidence to support their delusions, no explosive residue, no missile parts, zero, zilch, nada. That is just a fact.
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