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

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

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

A decade after the World Trade Center disaster, rampant speculation abounds on what actually happened. Wild talk flourishes on the Internet, TV, and radio. Was the Pentagon really struck by a missile? Was the untimely death of Barry Jennings, who witnessed the collapse of Tower 7 and thought he heard “explosions,” actually an assassination ? Not everyone is convinced the truth is out there. Once again, in this updated edition of the critically acclaimed Debunking 9/11 Myths, Popular Mechanics counters the conspiracy theorists with a dose of hard, cold facts.
The magazine consulted more than 300 experts in fields like air traffic control, aviation, civil engineering, fire fighting, and metallurgy, and then rigorously, meticulously, and scientifically analyzed the 25 most persistent 9/11 conspiracy theories. Each one was conclusively refuted with facts, not politics and rumors, including five new myths involving the collapse of 7 World Trade Center and four longstanding conjectures now considered in the context of new research.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588165473
Publisher: Hearst
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 223,710
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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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Debunking 9/11 Myths 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
K-E_Moore More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The conspiracy nuts need to get in touch with Scully and Mulder. This book debunks all the insidious nonsense that is infesting the internet. This book is highly recomended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a lot of stuff on the internet and other sources that conclude some weird stuff about 9/11. David Dunbar does an excellent job of looking at the facts and coming up with rational conclusions supported by scientific evidence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Effective denuding of the fevered idiocy of conspiracy nuts.
ManInTheSuit More than 1 year ago
Very well detailed, very well documented.Popular Mechanics is a very well rated magazine and here is doing exceptional job as well. Read it and after that judge. The authors are very open so they mention the claims and facts, their investigations and claimed investigation. This say a lot about how they treat the problem. Highly recommended to read (updated in 2010 version).
Guest More than 1 year ago
read this book if your into crazy things like science and evidence. if you like group think, and the term 'strawman arguments,' you should check out looney conspiracy blogs. that way you can spew the same arguments off the same talking points, then cite each other as 'evidence'
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an important book for people of all political stripes to read. Popular Mechanics is non-partisan, and the conspiracy theorists come from both the far-left and the far-right. It's important for everyone to get the facts straight. I'm an anti-war liberal, and I'm disgusted by the way idiotic fringe groups are hijacking the anti-war movement with the false '9/11 Truth Movement.⿝ It's time for everyone who cares about this country to start paying attention to the facts. If we could do that, we might be able to get out of this mess.
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very good book that is good
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The top experts in every relevant field dissect the 9/11 conspiracy theories and shoot them down with the facts! Loved it!
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pccoder More than 1 year ago
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.
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This is a 5 star book, all the lower ratings are from Truthers pissed off that their fantasy has been proven wrong.