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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (2013)

de Lawrence Wright

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"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.… (més)
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    Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson de Jeff Guinn (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Although he never joined the group, Manson dabbled in Scientology. It is interesting to draw parallels between Manson's treatment of his "Family" and life in the Scientology's Sea Org.
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    Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology de Leah Remini (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Both books deal with the Hollywood-Scientology connection.
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    Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion de Janet Reitman (sparemethecensor)
    sparemethecensor: Two similar journalistic exposes of Scientology, both of which take a surprisingly even-handed view of the group. I preferred Inside Scientology, although both are great primers on what is going on under David Miscavige's regime.
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    Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America de Barbara Ehrenreich (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Although Wright missed it completely, Scientology seems to be yet another in a long line of American religions/self-help groups influenced by the Positive Thinking Movement. If you want a wider vision of how these groups function, I highly recommend Ehrenreich.… (més)
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I put this on pause. What was I thinking? Trump is in the news everyday, I don't need to read about another egotistical sociopath right now. ( )
  emmby | Oct 4, 2023 |
The sheep shall inherit the earth. Rush 2112 ( )
  Mcdede | Jul 19, 2023 |
Yikes. The cult mentality fostered by Scientology can also happen in secular contexts, when people shut themselves off from information that could challenge their belief system. Sea Org members are intentionally isolated and threatened with a profound spiritual exile, along with more mundane physical punishments, for any act of insubordination or questioning.

We are all moving into our own thought silos, unable to have real discourse with those who believe differently than we do. I think that these groups must create a narrative - an origin story, along with a clear delineation of who is in the tribe and who is "the other". Scientologists have their messiah in the strange form of L. Ron Hubbard, but they also consciously label and ostracize apostates like director Paul Haggis. Few belief systems are truly inclusive; most have a charismatic leader and founder figure. Even our own wonderful local ethical society, supposedly a locus of progressivism, obsesses over their founder Felix Adler. ( )
  jonbrammer | Jul 1, 2023 |
This was mostly what I was expecting. I had binged Leah Rimini's series on Scientology, and while its focus on individual stories made for good TV, I wanted a more thorough history of the organization, and that was certainly that. I did want a little more analysis, in the end, about how people get and stay swept up in Scientology, what it has in common vs. sets it apart from both other cults and other religions. There is some of that, of course, I just expected/wanted more. ( )
  greeniezona | May 29, 2023 |
Very informative but dry.

If you love finding out about Scientology and have already watched Going Clear the documentary, Louis Theroux's documentary, and Leah Remini's series and still want more, this will be good for you. Also check out [b:Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape|15827066|Beyond Belief My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape|Jenna Miscavige Hill|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1354001608l/15827066._SY75_.jpg|21737662] which was pretty good. ( )
  amcheri | Jan 5, 2023 |
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That crunching sound you hear is Lawrence Wright bending over backward to be fair to Scientology. Every deceptive comparison with Mormonism and other religions is given a respectful hearing. Every ludicrous bit of church dogma is served up deadpan. This makes the book’s indictment that much more powerful.
afegit per lorax | editaNew York Times, Michael Kinsley (Jan 17, 2013)
 
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"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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