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3.0 out of 5 stars Explosive information marred by very poor writing, 29 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Solving 9-11: The Deception That Changed the World (Paperback)
In Solving 9/11, Christopher Bollyn explores the obvious Israeli ties to those events such as the prior warnings to (apparently) some 4000 Israeli Jewish workers who would normally be working at the WTC, yet did not show up on that morning, and the "dancing Israelis" caught filming the WTC events and celebrating--some of whom later admitted on Israeli TV that they had been sent specifically to document the events, thus clearly demonstrating foreknowledge,--and follows the trail of Israeli and Zionist connections through the obvious members of the US government and financial establishment to those who ran ostensibly Arab Muslim software companies which later transpired to be Mossad fronts in the USA, as well as the large Israeli spy-ring operating in the USA reported by Carl Cameron on Fox News (but only once...!)

Bollyn's ultimate thesis seems to be that the 9/11 events originated as nothing more than war-games, which were "hijacked" by (Mossad) software hackers and thus "went live". I say "seems to be" because he is not clear on this point, as well as on many others. He presents what seems to be a fairly cohesive theory which should not seem overly far-fetched to anyone who can hear the words "Israeli", "Zionist" or "Jewish" without instantly wanting to scream "anti-Semite"; it makes sense, and he may very well be right.

The problem is, the book is so poorly written that it's difficult to know ultimately just what he's implying. Whilst I believe it is simply a compilation of fairly old articles, still it could have, and should have, been edited to remove the large chunks of repeated text and images; the same subjects are referred to 5 or 6 times--yet another problem is that, in my opinion, no subject is fully explored. As an example, at one point it jumps from Israeli involvement in the Columbian drug trade to Bill Clinton's possible involvement in drug running through Mena, Arkansas, without fully exploring either subject and providing only 1 reference to the Clinton story--a newspaper article--before jumping back to Israeli involvement in aircraft modification in the USA. Whilst as noted, and given the history of brutal Israeli attacks against the USA/UK and others, for example the USS Liberty incident and the bombing of the King David hotel as well as the Lavon Affair--all briefly described by the author--he may very well be right, and indeed I know from other reading that he certainly IS right about a lot, still it is hard to take this particular book seriously enough to warrant a second reading. Another fault is the total lack of footnotes; references are given only as a title, either book or webpage, but there are no section or page numbers given. And the author makes many claims which he does not back up in any way. Again, I know many of his claims are true, but in order to convince any sceptic--and on this very sensitive subjects of course most are sceptics--detailed sources for these kind of claim are surely a must.

A Kindle version will be uploaded in the next few days, so have a read - it is certainly interesting in places. As I noted in the title of this review, it contains some explosive information but the overall presentation, in my opinion, is very poor; repetitive, disjointed, jumps back and forth between subjects with many of them--or maybe even most of them--not fully explored. I struggled to find a reason to give it 4 stars but in all honesty cannot give it more than 3--and that's being generous.

Suggested related reading:

The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions
The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11
Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy Theory
The Mysterious Collapse of World Trade Center 7: Why the Final Official Report About 9/11 Is Unscientific and False
The New Pearl Harbor Revisited: 9/11, the Cover-Up, and the Exposé
9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed, all by David Ray Griffin
9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA by Webster Griffin Tarpley
Painful Questions: An Analysis of the September 11th Attack by Eric Hufschmid (available online)
The 9/11 Mystery Plane: And the Vanishing of America by Mark Gaffney
Voices - Rowland Morgan (available online)
Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe by Niels H. Harrit, Jeffrey Farrer, Steven E. Jones, Kevin R. Ryan, Frank M. Legge, Daniel Farnsworth, Gregg Roberts, James R. Gourley and Bradley R. Larsen (available to read online)
NATO's Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe by Daniele Ganser
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