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Debunking 9/11 Myths

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  364 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Conspiracy theories about Sept. 11, 2001 continue to spread. Now, in a meticulous, scientific and groundbreaking new book, Popular Mechanics puts these rumors to rest. The magazine’s editors analyze the 20 most persistent claims underlying 9/11 conspiracy theories—and conclusively disprove each one. The result is a triumph of hard fact over conspiratorial fantasy.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 15th 2006 by Hearst (first published 2006)
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Jul 29, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it
This was a very easy read, logically laid out. The authors began each section with an outline of the myth, then went about spelling out the truth scientifically. What lends credibility to their arguments is that they were not afraid to say "we don't know entirely" when the data was inconclusive, such as the fall of tower 7. Generally, they come up with sensible, well-documented rebuttals to most if not all of the various 9/11 myths. With the information available in this Popular Mechanics book, ...more
Ryan Mac
Dec 19, 2008 Ryan Mac rated it it was ok
A friend of mine is a big 9/11 conspiracy theory guy. I have heard of this book from a special on some anniversary of 9/11 that I saw so I thought I would check out this book. No matter which side you land(the government story or conspiracy theorists or not sure what to believe), this book will not really help you get a deeper understanding of what happened. Popular Mechanics picks a few select conspiracy theories and tries to debunk them. Unfortunately, they do not really back up their debunkin ...more
Sep 20, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
9/11 was not an inside job, morons.
Bethany Kimble
Jul 27, 2011 Bethany Kimble rated it liked it
I was going through a phase where I was obsessing over 9/11 because of movie I saw, and one of my close friends is a believer in conspiracy theories. It wasn't until I was arguing against her that I realized that most of what I believed (just like most of what she believed) was based on hearsay. So, I decided to do my own research, that way, I'd know what I really believe, and have evidence to believe it. So, I bought this book for the non-conspiracy side, and watched lots of conspiracy support ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Dale rated it liked it
It turns out that 9/11 conspiracy theories look a lot less plausible when subjected to fact checking. The looniest of the theories never really made sense, but given the convenience of 9/11 in enabling the massive power grab by the Bush administration, and its use as a pretext for the long-desired invasion of Iraq (long desired by Cheney and the neo-cons, that is), there was some appeal to the idea that the Bush administration possibly had prior knowledge of the coming attacks. Even that is a bi ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, plain and simple. It was an easy straight to the point read that did not drift from the point it was trying to make. The point being that conspiracy theorists with regard to 9/11 are coming from a perspective based on unsubstantiated facts and theories. This is a must read, especially if you are looking for something that truly dives into the facts of what happened and why it happened.
Dec 05, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you plan on reading this book to dispel any doubt about any conspiracies regarding 9/11, don't bother. While explaining certain scenarios with some good detail, you almost want to believe every "fact" about all 4 planes that day. While there is little doubt that 2 planes went into the Twin Towers, I wasn't moved or swayed by the explanations of Flight 93, or the mystery surrounding the Pentagon. I was looking for more concrete evidence on things other than "that guy said he saw that". It felt ...more
Kai Schreiber
Oct 06, 2014 Kai Schreiber rated it really liked it
The end of an interesting experiment. I just finished a book on, ahem, alternative theories on the 9-11 attacks, and then followed it up with this one, which is an attempt at scientifically(ish) debunking the major arguments of the truther movement, such as the supposedly inexplicably falling third tower, the insufficient damage at the Pentagon.

The contrast was most illuminating. Reading the pretty well written Bröckers book, most of the arguments sounded reasoned enough, the gaps in the officia
Holden Attradies
Not too long, pretty easy read going through most of the 9/11 "truthers" claims and systematically debunking them. The book manages to be pretty thorough without getting too technical. They do a good job of showing they conspiracy theorists claims and pretty much showing why the claim is utter bunk. They also do a good job of showing the history of the case.

A big thing that might turn some people off is the fact that they don't pull their punches when showing how nutty a lot of the conspiracy so
Cheryl Gatling
I did not have any intention of reading a book about 9/11. But I was intrigued when I saw this was by Popular Mechanics. "What does Popular Mechanics have to do with debunking conspiracy theories?" I thought. Then I thought, the people of Popular Mechanics know stuff. They know about metals, and stress, and the laws of physics. They know what can happen, and what can't. This idea, the idea that concrete, factual, practical knowledge can triumph over paranoia delighted me so much that I read the ...more
Matt Fitz
May 22, 2015 Matt Fitz rated it it was amazing
I'm frequently amazed by the "truthers" and "just asking questions" crowd when it comes to 9/11. Then I realized I hadn't myself looked at the science of the matter. Popular Mechanics expanded what was a decent debunking article into a more detailed and elaborate book. Book lays out the premises of the more prominent myths and then applies data from engineers, mathmeticians, scientists, etc., to show the flaws and fallacies in those myths. There will always be truthers...but there will always be ...more
May 13, 2009 Tim rated it liked it
It started with magazine articles and a couple books but found its growth on the internet. On various web sites, newsgroups and forums, people raised questions and looked for answers to issues they felt were left unaddressed. More books and video exploring the same territory began appearing. It has now mushroomed to the point where it not only has a name, some of its conferences get airtime on C-SPAN. It calls itself the "9/11 Truth Movement," a largely grassroots effort questioning what America ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Nathan rated it it was ok
It was a good book, but I was expecting more why people thought the things they did, and not the background of how it is proven false. I guess I read the overview wrong. I have to say that some of the information in the book was good to read, I really like at the end it has the Reports for the buildings. Other then that... it is pretty much just like reading a science book.
May 25, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it
A good read. I've gotten into a lot of arguments of conspiracy theorists who claim to have read this book or the Popular Mechanics article that preceded it, but obviously haven't because they mindlessly repeat the same claims as if none of what they're talking about was addressed. Its mostly concerned with scientific claims but the book also goes into paranoia that's inherent to American culture, and how the Right and the Left connect on several conspiracy theories. My only complaints are John M ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I didn't believe any of the 9/11 conspiracies going into this book, but it was still fascinating to read the wild stuff people have come up with. Obviously, this book isn't going to change the mind of a committed "Truther," but if you are still capable of rational thought, it might answer some questions for you.

Conspiracy theories in a nutshell: "Some people are open to any possibility, and honestly examine all evidence in a rational manner to come to a conclusion, followed by a moral evaluation
Phil Toop
Dec 30, 2015 Phil Toop rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just one long magazine article, poorly researched with no referencing and a lot of unsubstantiated opinion. I bought the book expecting thoroughly researched facts and was disappointed.
Jan 05, 2011 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: conspiracy-ul
A somewhat dry but however very interesting account of the events of 9/11. I am very suprised at some of the ridiculous accusations presented by some of these conspiracy theorists. What is not suprising is their lack of education or training in the fields in which they attempt to attack the actual facts. There is some very interesting stuff contained in this very small book that will help anyone understand better what exactly occured on that fateful day in history. A good read for anyone interes ...more
Chuck Russo
Jan 01, 2016 Chuck Russo rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Very interesting reading, well documented and presented. Anyone with an interest in the events of 9/11 could enjoy this book. I've known a few folks who would benefit greatly from reading this book (are you listening Dave and Marty?) Conspiracy theorists don't easily give up their theories, for reasons known only to themselves, but it is good for the rest of us who have to listen to their nonsensical ravings, to read a thoroughly investigated and documented debunking of those theories.
Sep 03, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts
by The Editors of Popular Mechanics (5 Stars)

It is an important book , I found it the best documented book I have seen yet on the events of Sep-11-2001. The foot notes has both photos and facts in it that I never seen on any news reports . This book should be in required reading for every JR High and High School US History class .
A Must Read !!!
Oct 31, 2011 Meggin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book tackled some of the conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11. Since I didn't know much about most of these theories, I was pretty interested, particularly when a BYU professor was named as a leading conspiracy theorist. Unfortunately, though, the book was just not very readable. It was very scientific, very technical, and truthfully, hard for me to understand. I fell asleep nearly every single time I started reading it. Too bad.
Randall Myers
Aug 12, 2015 Randall Myers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I think this is a must read for anyone interested in the actual facts of what is undoubtedly one of the darkest days in our history. Popular Mechanics takes an honest look at some of the more common theories floating around and uses logic and reason to debunk them, it is reassuring to see mathematical facts tear apart emotional charged fallacies and give an unbiased view of the events of that terrible morning.
Jun 20, 2008 Hava rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Conspiracy theorists
Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can’t Stand up to the Facts by Popular Mechanics is an excellent book on one of the biggest conspiracies out there right now. Move over UFO’s, forget JFK - did the federal government and/or another “shadowy group” orchestrate September 11, 2001?... Click here to continue
Jul 29, 2011 Gloria added it
Logically structure and stand-up research combine to make this an excellent match for any conspiracy nuts who want to challenge the legitimacy of truth. Fact trounces fiction in this outstanding Debunking. The PopMech team really expounded on their original article; the book covers a lot more for anyone who was interested by what they read in the magazine issue.
Jan 26, 2009 Patrick rated it really liked it
Not much that was new to me here, but it was nice to see it all organized in one place. I like the presentation of the facts, but was irritated by the tendency for the editors to slip in some jabs at the theories in their presentation of them. In a book that should be about the facts, and only the facts, there is no place for that, as it suggests an agenda, etc.
Karen K
This book was written by the folks at Popular Science and provides VERY scientific evidence regarding the myths of 9/11 (some of which I had never heard of). Some of the engineering stuff was over my head, but I appreciated the depths to which they went to counter some reasonable myths and some ridiculous ones.
Sarah Hayes
Nov 09, 2011 Sarah Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics-history
A solid, detailed debunking of 9/11 conspiracy theories, backed up by a lot of investigative journalism and official documentation of the infrastructural damage done during that dark day in history. Naturally, I expect all the conspiracy folk mentioned in this book are frothing at the mouth.
Oct 21, 2008 Ryan rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Though this book doesn't go into great detail, it does address a lot of the myths proposed by the videos I've seen online, such as Loose Change, Zeitgeist, and some others. It's easy to fall victim and get swept up into the conspiracy theories, but this book brings you back to reality.
Sep 12, 2012 Priscilla rated it it was amazing
This is a good book to me. I have a slight obsession when it comes to 9/11. I have to learn everything I possibly can. Same as Chernobyl, Pearl Harbor, and the Lusitania and other similar things. It really does dispel quite a lot of conspiracy theorists ideas.
It is truly surprising the depths to which people's delusions will sink in order to be able to believe that our government would be capable of orchestrating such a horrendous assault on its own people.
Brian Goff
May 26, 2013 Brian Goff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
After reading this. It sure did open my eyes to things I never ever thought of. Even as an Architectural student at the time I never to into account some of the facts I just read.
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