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

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A Groundbreaking, meticulous, and scientific analysis of the 9/11 conspiracy theories

The first conspiracy theories about September 11 began to emerge while the wreckage was still smoldering. Today, nearly five years later, hundreds of books and thousands of Web pages are devoted to the idea that the U.S. government encouraged, permitted, or actually carried out the attacks. These theories claim to be based on hard evidence. But an in-depth investigation by POPULAR ...

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

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Overview

A Groundbreaking, meticulous, and scientific analysis of the 9/11 conspiracy theories

The first conspiracy theories about September 11 began to emerge while the wreckage was still smoldering. Today, nearly five years later, hundreds of books and thousands of Web pages are devoted to the idea that the U.S. government encouraged, permitted, or actually carried out the attacks. These theories claim to be based on hard evidence. But an in-depth investigation by POPULAR MECHANICS--first published in the magazine's March 2005 issue, and now greatly expanded into book form--definitively proves that the evidence most often cited by conspiracy theorists is inaccurate, misinterpreted, or false.

The original article in POPULAR MECHANICS caused a huge groundswell of interest, setting off online debates that continue to this day. Debunking 9/11 Myths expands that investigation to include the 20 most prominent and persistent claims underlying the conspiracy theories, focusing on concrete, physical facts rather than political hypothesizing. Among the issues examined: claims that air traffic control violated standard operating procedures by not immediately intercepting the stricken jets; that the fire caused by the crashes wasn't actually hot enough to melt steel and cause structural damage in the World Trade Center; that the holes in the Pentagon were too small to have been made by a Boeing 757; and that Flight 93 was actually shot down by an Air Force plane.

The fascinating and in-depth findings come from leading experts in all the relevant fields, including aviation, air defense, air traffic control, civil engineering, firefighting, metallurgy, and geology.

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Conspiracy theories are the fast food of the Internet: instantly appealing; easy to prepare; created for mass consumption. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, conspiracy buffs of both the left and the right have constructed scenarios that contradict the accepted story of four teams of al Qaeda hijackers taking over commercial jets. According to some of these theories, the World Trade Center was brought down not by planes but by internal explosives; an airplane did not hit the Pentagon; a heat-seeking missile hit Flight 93. In 9/11 Myths Debunked, David Dunbar and Brad Reagan report on the in-depth findings of the practical scientists at Popular Mechanics.
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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

  • ISBN-13: 9781588169433
  • Publisher: Hearst
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Enhanced
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 213,177
  • File size: 143 MB
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Meet 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword James B. Meigs ix

Introduction xix

1 The Planes 1

The Hijackers' Flying Skills 3

Where's the Pod? 8

Flight 175's Windows 12

No Stand-Down Order 14

Military Intercepts 22

2 World Trade Center Towers 1 & 2 27

The Empire State Building Accident 29

Widespread Damage 32

Melted Steel 36

Free-Fall Times 42

Puffs of Dust 46

"Nano-Thermite" in the Towers 54

Seismic Spikes 60

3 World Trade Center Building 7 64

Fire and Debris Damage 67

Wreckage Pile 72

Silverstein's "Pull It" Quote 78

The Death of Barry Jennings 80

Minimal Wreckage to Study 85

4 The Pentagon 89

Flight 77 Debris 92

Big Plane, Small Holes 96

Intact Pentagon Windows 101

5 Flight 93 104

F-16 Pilot 106

The White Jet 110

Cell-Phone Calls 112

The Wreckage 116

Indian Lake 119

Afterword: The Conspiracy Industry 121

Appendix A Experts Consulted 138

Appendix B World Trade Center Report 142

Appendix C World Trade Center Building 7 164

Appendix D Pentagon Building Report 176

Notes 195

Index 210

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Hi

    No i have not read this yet! But i myselve do believe that 9/11 was planned we all heard how bush went over to talk to osama bin laden the day before the attacks happen why was that?? Mmm seems fishy if you ask me! Im not a conspiracy theorist but some of you should check out jesse ventura if you want the truth about are governments actions and plans!

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