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Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts Paperback – August 15, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158816635X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588166357
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Expanding on an article published in Popular Mechanics in March 2005, the staff of the highly regarded magazine painstakingly deconstructs many of the myths surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Drawing on interviews with engineers, aviation experts, military officials, eyewitnesses, and investigators, this book addresses only those questions raised by conspiracy theorists, mostly that somehow the U.S. government was behind the attacks, and puts forth no theory of its own. Each section announces a theory, discloses the major proponents behind the theory, and deconstructs the theories specifically surrounding the World Trade Center (the fires could not have melted the steel in the structure), the Pentagon (the holes in the building were too small to have been made by a Boeing 757), and United Flight 93 (that it was actually shot down by an air force plane). The afterword details how Popular Mechanicsitself was accused of being part of the conspiracy to support the administration. Although it isn't likely to stop conspiracy theorists, this book offers sound information for readers to ponder. Vanessa Bush
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“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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike van Veen on June 14, 2014
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I greatly enjoyed this read. A very thorough debunking of the most popular conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11. One of the best books I've read this year. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the truth.
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59 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Calabrese on September 12, 2006
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I agree with another reviwer who states "Ridiculous That This Is Even Necessary," but all voices must be heard especially when it comes to writing history. Besides, we all have a right to freedom of speech and I doubt any of us would oppose that. With that said, on to my review...

I believe it is most important in maintaining some type of academic standard. On the other side of the coin, just because someone has a PhD, it does not mean they represent this standard. In an era where anyone can pick up a video camera and produce an amatuer, although professional looking piece of cinema, it becomes easier and easier for just about anyone to draw conclusions and distribute information throughout the internet and other media venues. It is also irresponsible of us to pass off organizations such as Popular Mechanics as having biased government ties as rationalization for critiquing a work such as this. Leave those conclusions with corporations like GE, GM, FOX, Disney, and Viacom. If you want to learn more about the political economy of the mass media, I would recommend some of Chomsky's work.

Not all of what the opposition states is incorrect. As a student of International Politics, it is obvious to those in academia that Bush and the administration did, in fact, use 9/11 to push their Iraq agenda. Look no further than the Downing Street Memoes to find pre-9/11 evidence of a plan to invade Iraq. There are also significant correlations between the government's use of fear-mongering through terrorism and the types of anti-communist dialogue that was used to rationalize wars in both Vietnam and Korea in decades past.
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406 of 622 people found the following review helpful By A. Daniels Jr. on September 1, 2006
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It is absolutely amazing the kind of reviews people will dare to give. As one prior reviewer astutely noticed, many "reviews" were done by people with an agenda to sell who obviously did not read the book. In fact, even before the book was published you had 911 conspiracy folks writing negative assertions about the book before it was even published. This tells you the mindset of such people and the prejudice they have. There is simply no way you can be objective by trying to trash something before you've even read it. But such is the folly of some. And let me say that I am particularly disappointed with Ed Haas, who appears to be just using this forum to promote his conspiracy agenda instead of reviewing the book honestly.

As someone who came to this issue trying to objectively ascertain what the truth is regarding 911, and as a former native New Yorker for over 30 years, I will now try to render an honest review of this book as one who has actually read it and also has verified many of its points from my own research. I will also point out some of the facts which prove that most of the negative reviewers did NOT read the book.

First, let's dispense with the most obvious nonsense arguments. It is a fallacy of logic to argue that because the book was done by folks at Popular Mechanics (PM), which is owned by Hearst Communications, that this automatically dismisses the evidence from the many independent scientists, engineers, physicists, and other experts. This is known as the genetic "consider the source" fallacy. Such reasoning is flawed and is just a way of avoiding the facts presented by PM.
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57 of 88 people found the following review helpful By William G. Ryan VINE VOICE on September 10, 2006
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I don't have a dog in this fight but I read the PM article a while ago and found it interesting. To be fair, I read Alex Jones' infowars.com a few times a week and have listened to him, although admittedly I think he's wrong much more than he's right.

The book starts with one superb point. Conspiracy theorists in general express all sorts of skepticism about media reports. However they simultaneously use the same media's information to prove their theories.

With respect to the conspiracy theorists, I've found that one could easily believe most of what they claim and still not conclude it was an inside job. I've always been skeptical of the inside job angle b/c the "Global Elite" could easily have accomplished all of the same goals had the planes landed safely. If the Towers were hit but didn't fall, it wouldn't have made a bit of difference to most everyone I know. So it seems these evil geniuses who allegedly pulled off the inside job took a lot of extra risk for no additional benefit. I've listened to Jones in particular (I can't speak to most of the other conspiracy theorists) and his main line of arguing is to ask questions and extrapolate that the lack of an answer is proof of his theories.

Mathematically, it's next to impossible that even if there were a conspiracy, anyone could get everything right about it. Yet Jones won't concede that he's wrong about much of anything. Furthermore, 2 seconds after anyone supporting him sneezes he sticks it up on his web site. Yet to date, there's not a word about this book. If he's right, why doesn't he start debunking the debunkers?

Anyway, in short, I agree that there are unanswered questions. There is a lot of the govt story that seems pretty lame.
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