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  • Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
  • Year Published: 2013
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: xiii, 430 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0307700666
  • 9780307700667


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Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief

by Wright, Lawrence, 1947-

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Call number: 299.936 Wr

Additional Details

Introduction -- Part I: Scientology. The convert ; Source ; Going overboard -- Part II: Hollywood. The faith factory ; Dropping the body ; In service to the stars ; The future is ours ; Bohemian rhapsody ; TC and COB -- Part III: The prison of belief. The investigation ; Tommy -- Epilogue.

"Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists--both famous and less well known--and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative skills to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology: its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard; its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate (and legally acknowledged) religion; its vast, secret campaign to infiltrate the U.S. government; its vindictive treatment of critics; its phenomenal wealth; and its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard"--From publisher description.

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While I probably didn't (personally) need to know *quite* this many details about Scientology, this was a fascinating, deep, mostly even-handed look at a prominent and powerful force in the United States today. It's deeply frightening to read about just how much power this group has over its members, and how little anyone external to the group seems to be able to do about it.

Highly informative, and well worth the time to read.

L. Ron Hubbard & the History of Scientology

This was fascinating but slow going sometimes - Wright is a better researcher than writer, I believe.

Still, I knew very little about Scientology or L.Ron Hubbard, and this told me more than I ever wanted to know. So very, very bizarre, LRH's life, his successors, what people will believe, etc. And yes, there is plenty in here about Travolta and Cruise, not so much about Will Smith.

The abuse - physical and psychological - that is rampant in parts of this organization - was what shocked me the most.

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