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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief - Lawrence Wright
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
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A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—both famous and less... show more
A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. 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 uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.At the book’s center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion. And his successor, David Miscavige—tough and driven, with the unenviable task of preserving the church after the death of Hubbard.We learn about Scientology’s complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, understanding, and shaping a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that reveals the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307700667 (0307700666)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Pages no: 430
Edition language: English
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Michael's Book Babble
Michael's Book Babble rated it
5.0 Even crazier and more upsetting than the documentary
When I first saw the documentary, Going Clear, words couldn't explain my disbelief, anger, and fascination. Before the documentary, I'd always thought that Scientology was silly yet harmless. I had no idea the level of abuse, both physical and mental, that goes on behind the scenes. Celebrities are ...
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
4.0 Totally bananas.
I admit, the limits of what I know about Scientology comes from magazines, Tom Cruise jumping up and down on Oprah's couch (plus his divorce from Katie Holmes), the rumors about John Travolta's sexual orientation, etc. I don't really follow Hollywood gossip that much and couldn't help but wonder if ...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0 Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
bookshelves: published-2013, nonfiction, cults-societies-brotherhoods, spring-2015, film-only, journalism, new-yorker Read on April 19, 2015 Description: A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the now-classic study of...
Bücher, Bücher, 100000 Bücher
Bücher, Bücher, 100000 Bücher rated it
4.0 Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Scientology is equal parts hilarious and frightening.
La Mala *the mean girl*
La Mala *the mean girl* rated it
0.0 Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Acabo de ver el documental. Si me quedaba alguna duda de que eran unos loquitos...
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