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Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts

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16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

A Definitive Answer to the Gullible

Whether you believe in the government or not, whether you're an engineer or not, whether you have any use for right-wingers or not, this book is for you. Dispassionately taking on all of the arguments of the conspiracy theorists, it crushes them with simple facts back b...
Whether you believe in the government or not, whether you're an engineer or not, whether you have any use for right-wingers or not, this book is for you. Dispassionately taking on all of the arguments of the conspiracy theorists, it crushes them with simple facts back by unerring logic. Conspiracy believers can rail all they want, calling people sheep and easily deceived but they have no answer--and no evidence. "Debunking 9/11 Myths" is the ideal handbook for those who prefer rationality over emotional certainty.

posted by K-E_Moore on October 27, 2009

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16 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

Yellow Journalism -- Hearst Wrote the Book on it

Just look up Yellow Journalism in Wikipedia and you'll see that Hearst gets most of the credit for inventing and favoring sensationalism in journalism over reporting the truth. If you enjoy reading Weekly World News you will love reading this account of 9/11. Popula...
Just look up Yellow Journalism in Wikipedia and you'll see that Hearst gets most of the credit for inventing and favoring sensationalism in journalism over reporting the truth. If you enjoy reading Weekly World News you will love reading this account of 9/11. Popular Mechanics is yellow journalism at its finest and has no interest in the facts. The basic fact remains that the 9/11 commission or NIST or FEMA has not provided a physics model to the public on how a global collapse of the WTC towers could have happened due to fire and structural damgage. This means it is impossible to independently verify through science how these buildings collapsed from their findings. WTC 7 was not even mentioned in the 9/11 commission report and now NIST themselves are examining the possibility of planted explosives causing the collapse of WTC-7. For those who want the truth and not yellow journalism please read serious investigations such as those done by Jim Hoffman, Steven Jones and David Ray Griffin.

posted by Anonymous on September 9, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    A reviewer

    This book gives solid factual evidence needed to explain away various anomalies often cited as evidence for a U.S. government-supported conspiracy to stage the 9/11 attacks. Towards the end, the authors correctly note that there is something wrong with a theory based entirely on the anomalies of a rival theory, rather than on independent evidence of its own. I think, however, that the book is too kind. There are far bigger problems with the conspiracy theories in question than the fact that the anomalies can be given simple, alternative explanations, or that they are lacking evidence of their own in crucial places. Many of the theories are simply manifestly incoherent. Just one example: Why would the government go to the trouble of crashing planes into the WTC *and* planting bombs, when it could simply plant the bombs, and blame the bombs on the terrorists (who actually did try a bombing in 1993). Or, even assuming that planes alone couldn't bring the towers down, why not just settle for coordinated plane crashes? Many would still die and the public would still be outraged. There are many other similar contradictions between the motives of the alleged conspirators, and the real plotters undertook. Most of the conspiracy theorists ignore them. Given these contradictions, there is almost no obligation to appease the demand to explain anomalies. We should not consider it within our dignity to go the extra mile to refute incoherencies.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2006

    Good Book

    This is a great book for someone who to understand some of the origins and arguments of the 9/11 myths. The book is written well for the average person, although I think someone with a engineering or architectural background may find some of the book even more enjoyable, finding some of the conspiracy theories basis almost comical (unfortunately). I also enjoyed the afterword, which discussed in further detail many of the 'ascientific methods' used by conspiracy theorists in which they selectively research, study and identify information that supports the conclusion that they want to prove. Hats off to the authors!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

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    Based on an article that appeared in the March 2005 edition of Popular Mechanics magazine, this book was compiled by the editors of that publication in hopes of combating the various conspiracy theories that have sprung up in the wake of America's most deadly terrorist attack. Those who are convinced that a Zionist conspiracy or some other such nonsense lies at the heart of the 9/11 tragedy and will not be swayed by facts may as well look elsewhere. But for the reader interested in learning more about what might appear to be discrepancies in the accepted evidence, this book will prove fascinating reading. Conspiracy theories are presented with more than their due respect, followed by explanations which are given in a simple, easy-to-follow style. Surprisingly, at just over 100 pages (not including various appendices), the authors were able to address just about all of the most viable conspiracy theories I have heard (some of the truly far-out theories are left unchallenged, perhaps rightly so). There are also several pages of color photos and diagrams which are helpfully referred to throughout the text. After reviewing the evidence, I set the book down thoroughly convinced that the official explanation for the events of that day is indeed the most accurate one. Too bad there's no book like this to explain the intelligence agency incompetence that allowed these events to occur in the first place.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2007

    Whether you trust the government or not, these myths are busted!!

    Debunking 9/11 Myths certainly accomplishes it's title. The explanations are provided with enough evidence yet is not boring. Although most of the information is 'common sense', I would recommend verifying any information that one has doubts about. It is incredible that even after reading this excellent document, there are some who seem to completely disregard the contents or alter the context of sentences within the book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    Solid Argument

    This book presents a solid discussion on 9/11 mythology, well removed from the overt political discussions that can be found in other writings on this topic. Whether you do or do not believe many of the arguments presented in this book, it is a good read for somebody looking for a more sensible and reasonable discussion on the topic.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Easy Read

    Not as exciting as the conspiracy stories, but a good book nonetheless. Popular Mechanics does a fine job of explaining the hows and whys of what happened on 9/11.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    The Naysayers Get Their News from Blogs

    It is obvious that the conspiracy theorists cannot be swayed. They get their news predominently from blogs and think with emotions rather than logic. Interesting none of them use their names in their reviews. Years ago it was said the net would be invaluable for information, but also that rumors and hatred would spread like in no other time in our history. Popular Mechanics is non-partisan. Before you fall for the garbage spawned by bloggers (many whom are people writing fiction as fact and enjoying fifteen minutes of fame), read this book.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    A worthwhile read as part of a larger picture

    First of all, I'm wonder if 'The V' has even read this book and as such is in a position to comment on or rate this book. Second of all, it's ironic how close minded some people can be once they feel they've learned 'the truth' Anyway - this book is clearly well researched and presents the facts in a format that you can pick up and read, and not have to have an engineering degree to understand. It is definately a great reference tool with many contributors and actual experts giving their points of view and researched opinions. As a publication which has been around for so many years, Popular Mechanics is an ideal, reliable source for anything relating to topics such engineering and science and as such I would highly recommend this new book to anyone - it's definately worth the $12. That said, it's always best to do the research yourself hence why I've given this 4-stars.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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