Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief - Lawrence Wright

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.

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  • Sarah H

    Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make it to the meeting, but I read the book. Fascinating and frightening! I really hope I'll be able to go to one of the next discussions.

    July 27

  • Laurie

    I am crazy lost but hopefully on my way!

    July 27

  • Jeffrey

    Hi I am sorry can n ot make it. If you need my number here it is[masked]
    thankou
    Jeffrey
    Hope all is well Nancy

    July 27

    • Nancy K.

      Good to hear from you. Sorry you can't make it. All is well, other than the heat but it's vegas I guess. :)

      1 · July 27

  • Pepper

    fascinating book and I was looking forward to the group discussion--unfortunately, I am still out of town, returning Wed. ---hope to meet everyone next meeting ;-)

    July 27

    • Nancy K.

      Sorry you can't make it. Look forward to meeting you soon. :)

      1 · July 27

  • Scott

    Ok, I finished this..... (are they monitoring this site?) It should lead to an interesting discussion about human behavior, and how humans are able, willing to suspend their logic thought process, their sense of what is real and their critical judgment process, just to belong to something. and also what that says about the leaders of that "something" as well as the willing followers.

    1 · July 22

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