I found this insiders view helpful. Seems like brainwashing is alive and well in the house of Satan. This story was engaging, insightful and horrifying.
The reader was very steady though at times you could tell he was in disbelief about the subject matter.
I really liked the book. Lots of information. It's seems long for what it covers but maybe it had to be this way. The last chapter is one of the best.
One of the best books I've listened to on Audible. It completes the HBO documentary by putting faces with names.
Lays the "church" to bare and illuminates how a cult/mafia operates.
Provides the perfect tone and tenor for the narrative.
My wife told me I'd say, "You've got to be s****ing me" for about every 10 minutes of listening.
After you read this book, you'll understand why the Germans wouldn't allow Scientology to establish there. One Hitler was enough.
A good overview of the history and concepts behind Scientology. My favorite part was the comparison of this new religion to other, more established ones like mormons and christians.
I would recommend the book, especially if they have an abridged version. The audio book has horrid narration which you don't really notice until Operation Snow HWhite chapter.
This isn't really a biography of either L. Ron Hubbard or David Miscavige, but their stories are inexorably linked to Scientology, and they have each shaped the church into what it is today. The way the church works, and how it is run makes more sense with the context of these two men, and the many others featured in this book.
For a proper biography of Hubbard, I recommend "Bare Faced Messiah" by Russell Miller, which focuses more on the man than the church, but these two books make great companion pieces.