Going Clear

Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
The Basis for the HBO Documentary. A National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.
Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment, but its practices have long been shrouded in mystery. Now Lawrence Wright—armed with his investigative talents, years of archival research, and more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—uncovers the inner workings of the church. We meet founder L. Ron Hubbard, the highly imaginative but mentally troubled science-fiction writer, and his tough, driven successor, David Miscavige. We go inside their specialized cosmology and language. We learn about the church’s legal attacks on the IRS, its vindictive treatment of critics, and its phenomenal wealth. We see the church court celebrities such as Tom Cruise while consigning its clergy to hard labor under billion-year contracts. Through it all, Wright asks what fundamentally comprises a religion, and if Scientology in fact merits this Constitutionally-protected label. Brilliantly researched, compellingly written, Going Clear pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive organizations at work today.

New York Times Notable Book
A Best Book of the Year: The Washington PostThe Boston GlobeNew York magazine,SlateChicago TribuneHuffington PostNewsdayEntertainment WeeklyPeopleThe WeekPublishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews
A GoodReads Reader's Choice

Baker & Taylor
Examines the Church of Scientology; discusses the esoteric cosmology, the auditing process for determining an inductee's state of being, and the Bridge for Total Freedom; and details how the church pursues celebrities.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2013
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780307745309
Branch Call Number: 299.936 Wri
Characteristics: xiv, 538 p. : ill


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Mar 31, 2018

“100 Must-Read Books About Life in Cults and Oppressive Religious Sects”
by Elizabeth Allen. posted January 27, 2017, at Book Riot

" In the letter, Hubbard reprimanded his followers for straying from the path he had laid out for them: ' When somebody enrolls, consider he or she has joined up for the duration of the universe--never permit an 'open-minded' approach. 'If they're aboard, they're here on the same terms as the rest of us--win or die in the attempt.'....' The whole agonized future of this planet, every Man, Woman and Child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology.' " " While talking to Haggis, Beghe was reluctant to use the word, ' brainwashing---' whatever the fuck that is--but he did say that somehow his mind had been taken over. ' You have all these thoughts, all these ways of looking at things, that are L. Ron Hubbard's,' he explained. ' You think you're becoming more you, but within that is an implanted thing, which is You the Scientologist.' " Haggis has been a substantial supporter of the CCHR. As a boy, he says, he says he spent most of hid days staring out the window, daydreaming---a candidate for an attention deficit disorder diagnosis. ' I identified with the oddballs and the misfits, ' he said. ' those who conform have very little chance of making a difference in life.' He was sure that if his parents had medicated him, he might never have become a writer. " "Tom Cruise and David Miscavige at the Church of Scientology opening in central Madrid, 2004 (photograph, amidst paper floating through the air) "

Jan 22, 2017

L Ron Hubbard was a man of intellect, imagination, and great determination. How else to describe a man who invented a religion from his own mind, and who sustained that effort over decades? He was also a money-grubbing liar and philanderer who practiced mind control on his needy, credulous audience. This book gives as complete a picture of the destructive Scientology cult as there exists in print. Highly recommended.

Jun 28, 2016

I have read many books on Scientology and this is one the best. I recommend the documentary. If you are looking for a lighthearted story, read Leah Remini's book Troublemaker. This book is not for the faint of heart.

May 14, 2016

This is a challenging read, but engrossing and well written. Especially fascinating is the life and times of L. Ron Hubbard, a topic which is thoroughly examined here, and not covered in other Scientology tell-alls. There are so many names and details, but I found that I didn't need to keep all the whos and whens straight. What emerges is similar and interwoven narratives of horror! Stranger than fiction!

Apr 29, 2016

This was a very interesting book. I highly recommend it if you are curious about this whole "religion".

cmlibrary_ecrites Apr 23, 2016

Going Clear is an in-depth, well researched and well written must read.

Apr 15, 2016

This was a tough read. When you read a sci-fi book, it might be scary, disgusting, or suspenseful, but at some level you know it’s fictional and you will be OK. The problem with this book is that the subject matter is awful but true. You almost wish you had never heard of it, but then you realize one must continue to learn the truth about our country. After completing the book, one must take a shower to get the ugliness removed.

Apr 11, 2016

A massive and fully researched whopper of a book, GOING CLEAR illustrates the Church of Scientology and all that which surrounds it in exacting detail. It's a superb albeit longish read, but if you're interested in hearing the truth, this is the book to pick up. I highly recommend it.

JCLMeganB Sep 29, 2015

Infinitely readable and more than a little astonishing. This is one of my favorite books to recommend.

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