Writer's Block: Arthur Naiman


Local author Arthur Naiman has written about the events of Sept. 11 in his book, 9/11: The Simple Facts: Why the Official Story Can't Possibly Be True. Released this summer, the book is published by Soft Skull Press. (112 pages, $12)

Book summary from the publisher:

Books on 9/11 tend to get dismissed as “conspiracy theories” but that won’t work with this one, because it contains no theories at all about who did what. It simply focuses on flaws in the official version of events.

It begins by listing fourteen clearly observable facts about the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings that the official story can’t explain, then gives a simple explanation that accounts for all fourteen of them. It asks:

• Why has no other skyscraper ever collapsed from being hit by airplanes or from fires, even ones that raged for seventeen and eighteen hours?

• How could the buildings fall so symmetrically, and so fast?

• Why, on not a single one of the four planes, did anyone punch in the four-digit hijacking code?

• How could the BBC broadcast to a world audience, on live TV, the destruction of Building 7—the third WTC skyscraper, the one that wasn’t hit by a plane and that most people aren’t even aware of—twenty minutes before it happened? (You can see it standing there in the background.)

It’s questions like these—and there are hundreds of them—that have convinced more than 1500 architects and engineers, with 25,000 hours of professional experience, as well as senior governmental officials, intelligence and military officers, pilots, firefighters, scholars, 9/11 survivors and relatives, broadcasters, reporters, authors and tens of thousands of others, to petition for a new, independent investigation.

Author bio from Amazon.com:

Arthur Naiman has authored, co-authored, edited and/or published more than thirty books. In each of those categories, his books have sold millions of copies.

His first bestseller was Every Goy's Guide to Common Jewish Expressions (which he keeps meaning to put back into print). But he's probably most famous for The Macintosh Bible, which he created, edited and published the first four editions of (and wrote most of as well).

The Macintosh Bible won many awards, including the Boston Com­puter Society's Best Computer Book of the Year, at a time when fewer than 5% of personal computer users had Macs (and thus had any use for the book). It must also be the only computer book that's ever been described, in an unsolicited reader's comment, as being "better than sex."

Naiman founded two publishing companies and started the Real Story Series—short, readable books on political subjects. Although only fourteen previous titles have been published in the series, almost 900,000 copies of Real Story books are in print worldwide.