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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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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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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 (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yes, you have to be a fan of science and technology to read this. It gets pretty technical. But even if you aren't, if you are a person who believes, or knows people who believe 9/11 was an inside job you NEED TO READ THIS. It debunks all the 9-11 hookum and it's easy to understand. So quit believing the government did it, or it was bombs, and so on, and learn some truth and logic. It won;t kill you.
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Debunking 9/11 Myths has been by far my favorite read about what happened on September 11, 2001. This book expresses the controversy surrounding that gruesome day and focuses on telling the facts behind what really happened. Dunbar being the editor of Popular Mechanics, as well as Reagan being a reporter on counterterrorism, digital forensics, and law enforcement. With more than one million web pages containing conspiracy theories, their job has been to put the debate to rest. With many naysayers who will not accept that this was a terrorist attack, Reagan and Dunbar put the debate to rest by giving many examples of why this was carried out by a terrorist organization. With evidence regarding the North and South Towers, Flight 93, as well as the pentagon, these two give in depth reasons as to why this was not an act carried out by the American Government. I would recommend this book for anyone at all who doubts anything from that day. While many conspiracy theories exist, it is important to listen to facts that are presented and backed up by science as well as eye-witness testimonies. I strongly recommend this book. It is a fantastic read.
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This is an excellent book that follows up on the articles in Popular Mechanics in the aftermath of 9/11. (http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a6384/debunking-911-myths-world-trade-center/)

It's sad that the "9/11 Truther" movement "lives on," despite having been destroyed by the science its adherents insisted would support their claims...that the U.S. government and NOT jihadists was responsible for the destruction on 9/11.

Initially the "Truther" movement seemed to have sprung from what was called BDS, or "Bush Derangement Syndrome," but it seems to have taken on a post-GW life of its own. Sadly, this "new life" STILL seems geared to blaming America and exonerating the jihadists (Atta & his crew).

Its most strident adherents seem to revel in the visceral reactions they get from survivors and family members of victims, which kind of puts many of them in the same camp as Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church folks. Interestingly enough, the Westboro clan is also fond of quoting science that DOESN'T agree with, or support their views....science they don't seem to understand.

The "Truthers" seem to be seeking out a few aberrations and purporting to use them as,"proof" of a highly suspect supposition.

That's antithetical to science, it is the opposite of skepticism. To accept even an accepted idea, or "general consensus" as "definite," is NON-Skeptical and NOT at all open-minded, but to base a conviction on unsupported supposition is even less rational.
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Here's the book for you. It won't change anyone's mind because once you've entered the realm of belief and not analysis, evidence is immaterial and, in most cases, unwelcome. The great thing is that you don't have to put up with listening to rubbish about microthermite and phantom planes. Everything is here! Read and re-read then you don't have to argue. You'll know, they won't. It will ever be thus. You can then get on with your life with a clear head.
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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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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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