Inside Scientology

Inside Scientology

The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

eBook - 2011
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Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
ISBN: 9780547549231
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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

May 24, 2016

For the most an interesting read, but probably a little too detailed and long without enough dirt to keep me interested the whole time.

Interesting for those studying the cult or Hubbard himself, but I felt needed more individual stories and a little more concise.

Apr 22, 2016

This book didn't really tell me anything new about Scientology, and the dirt on celebs wasn't dirty enough. I want FILTH!

However, it does shed a more human light on old L. Ron, so I'm giving it a generous 2-star rating for that and for being well-written.

$cieno-fiends will enjoy this.

Feb 20, 2016

A mostly balanced look at America's most controversial religion. Two things that disturbed me - the life and suspicious death of Lisa MacPherson at the Clearwater "retraining" centre, and the fact that both Kelly Preston and Kirstie Alley were required to take tape recorders with them when they were interviewed by the author. Most churches would allow their members to speak freely without such "precautions".

Apr 23, 2015

Janet Reitman takes a well-balanced approach to a controversial subject and enigmatic leader. She exposes in great detail--perhaps too detailed for some--all the negatives of this recently invented religion but without vindictiveness. She states what she knows and admits what she does not. Given that, she shows how and why the religion has such a grip (sometimes physically) on its members and why it might be the elixir that man has sought throughout the ages: meaning, purpose and the promise of an after-life.

Apr 01, 2015

I think I'm almost finished with my fascinating Scientology bender. I just can't get enough of these crazy kids. It makes me highly suspicious of the general public that they fall for such mythologies, hell any mythology. Especially when it's so obvious that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe.

Nov 17, 2014

Very interesting and bizarre, as Scientology usually is. Her writing style is a little dry, so I wasn't sucked in, but it was enjoyable and easy to read, in any case.

It's hard to say how objective the book is; really she has to go on what her sources tell her. I think overall Reitman is saying the methods invented by Hubbard and used by Scientologists may very well work for some people, but the practices of the Church of Scientology are pretty abhorrent.

May 07, 2014

Sometimes something is so banal or mundane, it becomes lost in the telling. The origin of scientology was a story outline offered in sympathy to Hubbard, a failed SF writer, by the successful SF author, Robert A. Heinlein. [Hubbard belonged to a SF writers club.] It was just that, a story line and plot. When Hubbard began a scam called Scientology, based upon the paper Heinlein had so charitably offered him, Heinlein was furious and never spoke to Hubbard forevermore. Everything about Hubbard and scientology is pure scam, pure trash, although the same could be said about other religions as well.

Feb 12, 2014

The author tries, lord how she tries, to be evenhanded. But a factual history of Scientology has no option but to show the church (mental health treatment? social movement? self-improvement program? pyramid scheme?) to be both ridiculous and wicked. Ms. Reitman doesn't dignify with a mention its even sleazier aspects, for example, its blackmail of members, particularly Hollywood stars.

Mar 19, 2013

A very well written account of one of the world's scariest organizations. Reitman really did her homework in putting this book together, taking the reader deep inside the most secretive "church" on the planet. From L. Ron Hubbard's beginnings to the seduction of Tom Cruise and other Hollywood celebrities, the book exposes some of Scientology's dirtiest secrets. One thing I would say is that the author, in an attempt to be unbiased, goes too light on the church and skips or lightly addresses many of its darker aspects - including the disappearance of church leader David Miscavige's wife Shelly in 2006. Still, an engrossing read and difficult to put down. Highly recommended!

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