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TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from JFK airport on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 passengers on board. Although initial reports suggested a terrorist attack, FBI and NTSB investigators blamed a fuel tank explosion. But skeptics have long questioned the official story, and new evidence has surfaced that suggests a widespread conspiracy... In TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from JFK airport on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 passengers on board. Although initial reports suggested a terrorist attack, FBI and NTSB investigators blamed a fuel tank explosion. But skeptics have long questioned the official story, and new evidence has surfaced that suggests a widespread conspiracy... In TWA 800, historian Jack Cashill introduces new documents and testimonies that reveal the shocking true chain of events: from the disastrous crash to the high-level decision to create a cover story and the attempts to silence anyone who dared speak the truth.


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TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from JFK airport on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 passengers on board. Although initial reports suggested a terrorist attack, FBI and NTSB investigators blamed a fuel tank explosion. But skeptics have long questioned the official story, and new evidence has surfaced that suggests a widespread conspiracy... In TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff from JFK airport on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 passengers on board. Although initial reports suggested a terrorist attack, FBI and NTSB investigators blamed a fuel tank explosion. But skeptics have long questioned the official story, and new evidence has surfaced that suggests a widespread conspiracy... In TWA 800, historian Jack Cashill introduces new documents and testimonies that reveal the shocking true chain of events: from the disastrous crash to the high-level decision to create a cover story and the attempts to silence anyone who dared speak the truth.

30 review for TWA 800: The Crash, the Cover-Up, and the Conspiracy

  1. 4 out of 5

    John

    This is an interesting book because the topic of a TWA 800 cover up is fascinating. The evidence that the plane was brought down by a missile is compelling. The author mentions a documentary by Stalcup and Borjesson on the subject. This was a good referral, because the video is well done. Unfortunately, this particular book did not match the quality of that documentary. First, it is poorly written, and clearly not proofread very well. There are multiple typos and missing words, letters, and punc This is an interesting book because the topic of a TWA 800 cover up is fascinating. The evidence that the plane was brought down by a missile is compelling. The author mentions a documentary by Stalcup and Borjesson on the subject. This was a good referral, because the video is well done. Unfortunately, this particular book did not match the quality of that documentary. First, it is poorly written, and clearly not proofread very well. There are multiple typos and missing words, letters, and punctuation. Second, the author can barely hide his right wing political leanings, and pretty much implies that Bill Clinton was behind the cover up. That may be true...but I found the gratuitous political statements off putting. Having said that, it was an interesting book in that it has inspired me to read more about the case.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This is the well researched case that says TWA800 was shot down accidentally by a Navy missile. Clinton was running for reelection and didn't dare let the facts come out. This is the well researched case that says TWA800 was shot down accidentally by a Navy missile. Clinton was running for reelection and didn't dare let the facts come out.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Read InAGarden

    This was an interesting book. The premise of the book is that a friendly-fire missile shot down TWA 800, that this fact was known early on by the Clinton administration and was (and has been) covered-up for the past many years. I wish more time had been spent on the who, how and why of the cover-up as well as the who, how and why of the friendly-fire. The majority of the book is spent discussing the witness accounts that lead the author to his premise. But it is easy for the reader to get bogged This was an interesting book. The premise of the book is that a friendly-fire missile shot down TWA 800, that this fact was known early on by the Clinton administration and was (and has been) covered-up for the past many years. I wish more time had been spent on the who, how and why of the cover-up as well as the who, how and why of the friendly-fire. The majority of the book is spent discussing the witness accounts that lead the author to his premise. But it is easy for the reader to get bogged down in these witness accounts as there seem to be over 100, many are referenced and re-referenced, and they are not revealed in a linear pattern.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Grady

    Not worth the time to read Mr. Cahill has cyclical reasoning and continuously refers to his own video as proof. I wanted that dramatic, "got yeah" moment, but it never came. Not worth the time to read Mr. Cahill has cyclical reasoning and continuously refers to his own video as proof. I wanted that dramatic, "got yeah" moment, but it never came.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spoiler alert! The Navy shot the plane down by accident. Cover-up from the highest levels of government.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Trebor

    TWA Flight 800 was a tragedy beyond belief. Over 700 eyes witnesses with 238 observing a missile rise out of the Atlantic east and strike the Boeing 747 into a fireball. Witnesses including pilots, engineers, military men, and aviation people all seeing and reporting the same thing. The government went into the cover up mode and never looked back. Doing what ever it took to discredit the witnesses, distort the events with impossible recreations, hiding artifacts and manipulating salvaged debris TWA Flight 800 was a tragedy beyond belief. Over 700 eyes witnesses with 238 observing a missile rise out of the Atlantic east and strike the Boeing 747 into a fireball. Witnesses including pilots, engineers, military men, and aviation people all seeing and reporting the same thing. The government went into the cover up mode and never looked back. Doing what ever it took to discredit the witnesses, distort the events with impossible recreations, hiding artifacts and manipulating salvaged debris to support their cover up. This book does a great job of revealing the truth and divulging the background of just one more government lie. Why can't the people be offered the simple truth instead of complicated disinformation and fake news. Accidents happen, in a dangerous world, with lethal weapons and touchy sophisticated systems. We shot it down while on Navy exercises, a perfect confluence of error, parallel trajectories, and unlucky timing. Wrong place at exactly the wrong time. 230 people gone in a millisecond. An election year with the incumbent willing to do anything to keep his watch clean of anything reflective of incompetence. Call in the fixers and make it go away!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    I am not sure I believe it, but I can’t deny that it’s compelling! Overall, I just found it too long and hard to follow.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Griffith

    I gave up reading this mainly because Cashill's need to tell the details of every person he interviewed, all of whom said mainly the same thing, just wore me out. Too bad because I like him and I'm sure there was a very good story embedded in all that data just waiting for an editor to help cobble together a compelling narration. I gave up reading this mainly because Cashill's need to tell the details of every person he interviewed, all of whom said mainly the same thing, just wore me out. Too bad because I like him and I'm sure there was a very good story embedded in all that data just waiting for an editor to help cobble together a compelling narration.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Lawson

    Hundreds of Eyewitnesses Disregarded? You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to see that there are lots of issues with this investigation. The author confides that he did not initially buy into any type of conspiracy--"I never intended to become a conspiracy theorist." Using much of his prior research, Jack Cashill documents, in minute detail, the eyewitness accounts that appear to so starkly contradict the official version of the investigation. What is especially troublesome is that there are Hundreds of Eyewitnesses Disregarded? You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to see that there are lots of issues with this investigation. The author confides that he did not initially buy into any type of conspiracy--"I never intended to become a conspiracy theorist." Using much of his prior research, Jack Cashill documents, in minute detail, the eyewitness accounts that appear to so starkly contradict the official version of the investigation. What is especially troublesome is that there are SEVERAL HUNDRED eyewitness accounts that strongly suggest a missile, not some equipment malfunction, caused the loss off TWA 800. Furthermore, many of the witnesses are professional--even military personnel. That is, they are NOT pig farmers in the middle of nowhere, looking for publicity. Here is one of the clearest examples: "Witness 558 was on fire duty for the Air National Guard at Gabreski Airport...He watched the flare ascend for as long as thirty seconds, lost it for a split second, and then observed ‘a large fireball erupt in the sky’ before becoming “a ball of fire which separated into two equally sized balls dropping from the sky with no audible sound.' " Here's another one--eerily similar: "Witness 221 was sitting on the beach in Fire Island with his wife watching the surf come in. He saw a commercial jet fly by, surely TWA 800, and then 'saw a streak of light travel up from the water into the sky. [He] described the streak of light as though it was like a rocket or shooting star only going upward.' " Many of the witnesses report very similar accounts. These accounts were concluded to be people seeing something AFTER the plane had exploded. Making the whole investigation so odd is that the investigators seemed so drawn to blame equipment (fuel tank) problems--even though that possibility could never actually be proven--only inferred: "Its experts spent four years desperately trying to find the cause of the explosion other than the obvious, and the best its expert could conclude was that “the source of the ignition for the explosion could not be determined with certainty." In a bizarre conclusion the FBI reported at a November 1997 press conference: “No evidence has been found that would indicate that a criminal act was the cause of the tragedy of Flight 800.” The eyewitness accounts are the most compelling feature of TWA 800. The author has done a great job of documenting, and questioning what appear to be irrational interpretations of these accounts. On the other hand, I thought the weakest part of the book is when Mr. Cashill draws his conclusion, accusing the White House of a huge cover-up: "...the uncorrected wrong began after the plane’s destruction. The Navy could not have—and would not have—concealed its responsibility unless authorized to do so. Nor would the FBI and CIA have intervened on their own initiative. These authorizations could only have come from the White House. This was the rare White House in American history, perhaps the only one, reckless enough to have authorized a cover-up this bold. “In my opinion, the author would have served his cause better by sticking with the facts of the case, and letting readers make up their own mind about cover-ups. In any case, TWA 800 presents a mountain of evidence that calls into question the objectivity of the investigation. The reader will have to weigh the evidence for themselves, and see if they agree with Mr. Cashill's conclusions. TWA 800 documents perhaps one of the oddest investigations in U.S. history. I think Mr. Cashill has done a good job of marshalling the facts. Advance Review Copy courtesy of Edelweiss Book Distributors.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Wow. Might make you angry. Coverup from all government agencies. Such an awesome read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Mr. Cashill’s 218-page expose (with an additional 27 pages of endnotes) is all about the most controversial post-accident aircraft investigation of my lifetime. I have long believed at least one missile shot down the flight, and the evidence in Mr. Cashill’s book is overwhelming. It’s all there: Hoards of witness testimonies manipulated or hidden by the FBI, the FAA radar tape with the high-velocity untagged target, the laughable CIA zoom-climb cartoon video that aired publically and was redacte Mr. Cashill’s 218-page expose (with an additional 27 pages of endnotes) is all about the most controversial post-accident aircraft investigation of my lifetime. I have long believed at least one missile shot down the flight, and the evidence in Mr. Cashill’s book is overwhelming. It’s all there: Hoards of witness testimonies manipulated or hidden by the FBI, the FAA radar tape with the high-velocity untagged target, the laughable CIA zoom-climb cartoon video that aired publically and was redacted much-more quietly, the explosive residue, the missing and/or re-labeled aircraft parts, the confiscated missile video and photo, the active offshore warning areas, three submarines, the unaccounted for ship that was tracked on radar fleeing the scene, the P3 Orion intelligence aircraft overhead TWA 800’s demise, and a deep look into the deceitful acts of high-level politicians as well as their motivations for altering the official story. His book TWA 800 – The Crash, the Cause, and the Conspiracy feels like a natural sequel to my story, and I highly recommend it. When I wrote my memoir about TWA Flight 800, I wanted readers to meet my late fiancée Susanne and become emotionally invested in her fate onboard the red and white Boeing 747 that exploded off the south shore of Long Island. By revealing TWA Flight 800 on a personal level, I hoped they’d yearn to learn—like I do—what really brought that flight down. I shared my perspective as a surviving family member, with my added insight as a career airline pilot flying for TWA at the time. Because mine is a personal interest story—and only one chapter reflects upon the aftermath investigation because—like many, I’ve had more questions than answers. I have been waiting 20 years for the truth to be revealed, and Mr. Cashill gave me the privilege of reading a pre-publication copy—a well-documented look behind the dirty investigation curtain.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    This afternoon I was working in the garden doing a tedious job of cutting branches in smaller bits so they would fit in my greenery bin. A bin that is collected twice a month where you can put in like your potato peels and food and your old leaves. No idea how to call them. Anyway was bored and did not want to put music on because I know I will forget the world and sing like crazy and everybody was sitting outside so I decided to be nice and not do that to my neighbours. "Hey, I thought, I wish I This afternoon I was working in the garden doing a tedious job of cutting branches in smaller bits so they would fit in my greenery bin. A bin that is collected twice a month where you can put in like your potato peels and food and your old leaves. No idea how to call them. Anyway was bored and did not want to put music on because I know I will forget the world and sing like crazy and everybody was sitting outside so I decided to be nice and not do that to my neighbours. "Hey, I thought, I wish I had an audiobook. This is the perfect moment for one" So I got my ipod and I picked this book (do not ask me why because it was definitely not the best first audiobook) well second because I did try one by Margaret Atwood. I did enjoy listening to this man's voice. He was a good reader? talker? The problem was that he immediately began in the middle part of the story assuming I knew what he was talking about but I am ashamed to say I did not. But I was still intrigued and enjoyed the chapters. It got a bit too much listening to all the testimonies and I had the tendency to fade out, forgetting I had to listen and not dreaming but yes I want to get myself some more audiobooks. Now I have 2 from Harold Schechter and what I like it can be done while working in the house and garden cleaning. Perhaps I will do that now more often. haha

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ann Webb

    How many witnesses to an event would make you believe an event occurred? One? Five? How about 270? Since I first saw it on the news, I had always believed that TWA 800 was shot down by a missile, but the question remains, "Whose?" Cashill tries to go back to the eyewitness reports of what happened in the sky that night and compare them with the NTSB reports; which, he notes extensively, were quickly edited and changed by both the CIA and the FBI to tell a story that never happened. Why did the F How many witnesses to an event would make you believe an event occurred? One? Five? How about 270? Since I first saw it on the news, I had always believed that TWA 800 was shot down by a missile, but the question remains, "Whose?" Cashill tries to go back to the eyewitness reports of what happened in the sky that night and compare them with the NTSB reports; which, he notes extensively, were quickly edited and changed by both the CIA and the FBI to tell a story that never happened. Why did the FBI and the CIA jump on the investigation so quickly to begin with? Cashill believes that in an election year, reports of a downed airline, especially if it turned out to be our own Navy that downed it, could be bad news for the Clintons. Thankfully, the book is short and seems to meander a bit toward the end, but the takeaway from the whole thing is that over 270 witnesses claim they saw a missile strike an airliner on that July night in 1996 and the FBI and CIA did everything they could to discredit those witnesses and manufacture a whole new scenario about what happened, sometimes even contrary to the physical evidence. Now, why is that, I wonder?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roger King

    This investigates the ham-fisted investigation by the CIA and FBI into circumstances surrounding Flight 800. It is pretty clear there was a coverup of something, sort of like a mini Warren Commission, just not clear of what. The implication is a missile mistakenly fired from the only unidentified US Navy vessel in the area, followed by the CIA and FBI immediately pushing the NTSB aside to create the gas tank explosion theory. Not knowing much about airplanes, they did an amateur job leaving all This investigates the ham-fisted investigation by the CIA and FBI into circumstances surrounding Flight 800. It is pretty clear there was a coverup of something, sort of like a mini Warren Commission, just not clear of what. The implication is a missile mistakenly fired from the only unidentified US Navy vessel in the area, followed by the CIA and FBI immediately pushing the NTSB aside to create the gas tank explosion theory. Not knowing much about airplanes, they did an amateur job leaving all kinds of traces. Problem was nobody wanted to call them out for years. The opposing problem was no missile parts were found in the wreckage--hard to believe the amateurs at CIA and FBI could pick out and throw away all the missile fragments without leaving a trace just this one time. 

So we are back at square one, why did Flight 800 blow up?

I want to know. I knew someone on the plane, and I flew on Flight 800 about a month before. It took off four hours late due to an electrical malfunction.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Simses

    I remember very clearly when this plane crash occurred in the summer of 1996. I used to live in Connecticut, had spent time in the Hamptons on Long Island, and was familiar with where it took place. I've always thought there was something very fishy about the "verdict" on the crash. The fact that there were so many witnesses who saw a bright streak going upwards, on an angle, toward the plane before the plane exploded, and that these sightings were "explained away" during the investigation, made I remember very clearly when this plane crash occurred in the summer of 1996. I used to live in Connecticut, had spent time in the Hamptons on Long Island, and was familiar with where it took place. I've always thought there was something very fishy about the "verdict" on the crash. The fact that there were so many witnesses who saw a bright streak going upwards, on an angle, toward the plane before the plane exploded, and that these sightings were "explained away" during the investigation, made me wonder if we knew the whole story. This book lays out the argument that we don't. Well organized and well written, I found it a page turner. The author never claims to know what happened. Instead, he lays out a series of facts and lets the reader come to his or her own conclusions. We may never know what really happened, but my guess is that it's not what we've been told.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vincent R. Kranz

    What really happened to TWA 800? This book is an interesting account of the investigation of the crash of TWA 800 and an alleged coverup of the true cause. Given what we now about the honesty of the Clintons, it is not out of the realm of possibility that Flight 800 was shot down by a issue possible from a US Navy ship. On the other hand, a cover up of this magnitude should have shown some serious cracks after 20 years. I leave other readers to make up their minds.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elliott

    What does the attack on the Benghazi Embassy have to do with the downing of TWA Flight 800? Do we need a rehash of the conspiracy theories behind the Clintons to understand the downing of this aircraft? Hillary Clinton applauding The Book of Mormon? Whittaker Chambers pining? The hell is this? If you simply read the last chapter you'll likely get all you needed to know. If you read anymore than God help you. What does the attack on the Benghazi Embassy have to do with the downing of TWA Flight 800? Do we need a rehash of the conspiracy theories behind the Clintons to understand the downing of this aircraft? Hillary Clinton applauding The Book of Mormon? Whittaker Chambers pining? The hell is this? If you simply read the last chapter you'll likely get all you needed to know. If you read anymore than God help you.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Todd Wilhelm

    My government lied to me... again. Cashill does a thorough job of laying out the facts and they all point to a missile took down TWA 800, most likely fired by the U.S. Navy. The lengths the government went to in an attempt to cover this up are hard to believe. Well, not that hard to believe, but I am left to wonder why they are afraid to tell the citizens the truth.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Frye

    The truth is out there.... trust no one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Regan

    In many ways a rehash of his earlier book, First Strike. Still some interesting aspects.

  21. 4 out of 5

    murray g jones

  22. 4 out of 5

    Iza Horsfall

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna Q

  24. 4 out of 5

    Moog

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fantom

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  29. 5 out of 5

    Evan Hust

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rick Hasz

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