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Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief

Wright, Lawrence

(Audiobook CD - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Going Clear
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A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former scientologists, both famous and less well known, and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uncovers the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2012.
ISBN: 9780385393041
Characteristics: 14 sound discs (17.5 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Sellers, Morton

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Aug 06, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I know a thing or two about religions, but my knowledge of Scientology was rather limited before picking up Lawrence Wright's wonderfully distressing book, Going Clear. I once thought of Scientology as silly and self-absorbed, and truthfully most of my experience was via the media, but now I see it for what it is—a waste of money at best; dangerous at worst. Scientology is a relatively young religion as religions go, and therefore Wright has the opportunity to take the reader methodically through its entire history. This includes a significant biography on its narcissistic genius founder, L. Ron Hubbard. The man was brilliant, gregarious and almost certainly had one or more mental disorders. As it turns out, these are perfect qualities for being the leader of a religion. Going Clear is also a who's who of celebrities that were involved with the church, past and present. This peek behind the curtain shows how Scientology used the allure of Hollywood to grow and maintain its ranks. I've heard it said that Scientology is the 20th century's Mormonism. I agree with that comparison, and because of that I'm sure Scientology will endure despite every logical reason it shouldn't.

Jun 08, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It boggles one's mind why any book on Scientology (what a hoot that whacky quacky name is ! ! !) would be written or read. Anyone interested in that farcical outfit should know by this time its origin: Hubbard, a failing SF writer, approached Robert Heinlein for some future writing suggestions which might kickstart his career, and Heinlein gave Hubbard the outline for a story on an artificial religion. Hubbard took Heinlein's suggestions and instead of writing a novel, created that fictional scam and convinced enough lowbrows of its "efficacy"? Certainly, the ease of belief in "scientology" should give everyone pause as to the origins of all religions of humanity!

Jun 08, 2013
  • chgarland rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have read several books on "Scientology" and this is probably the best one so far (although Janet Reitman's book was very good). More than in anything else I have read, in this book I learned what a mad monster L. Ron Hubbard was and what an evil bastard David Miscavige is. Hubbard was just nuts: there's no other way to put it. He was delusional and his boundless naricissism inflicted harm on thousands. Miscavige is probably severely damaged by his probable early use of anabolic steroids, and, there is cause to suspect, his parents failure to discipline him based on their fear of him. What monsters these men are, and it's frightening to think how many people have allowed themselves to be sucked into their world. There may be many good people involved in the "Church of Scientology" but it's sad to think of how gullible they are. If there was ever a reason not to see another Tom Cruise movie, thereby putting money in his hands, and through him, Scientology, this book is it.

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