Okay, I admit it, I am a sucker for books about the weird stuff people choose to believe in, and the origins of those beliefs, so I was definitely in the target audience for this book. I was fascinated by the details of LRH's biography (both the real and invented) and by the details of the Church's workings. But I have to admit, my favorite thing about the book was that, after every claim that might remotely raise an eyebrow, the author would drop a footnote: "[insert celebrity's name here]'s lawyers deny that [celebrity] ever __________." The narration was good, if occasionally monotonous (after all, how many times CAN you say "_____ denies ever doing ____"
Comprehensive, well paced.
The author has a clear intent of trying to find out why scientology is so fascinating to people, especially when it can be so demeaning. As he walks us through the history and events surrounding scientology we get a well balanced picture of past events and present concerns as well as a balance between biographies of different individuals and the grand narrative of the church. He doesn't get bogged down in the minutia of the scientology religious beliefs but you still walk away with a general understanding of the basics. Nor does he get bogged down in a few key incidents, choosing instead to give a grander narrative and weave all the pieces together.
If you are looking for a good primer on scientology this is it. You won't get all the specifics, but you get a bigger picture of the whole idea of it. I read "Inside Scientology" as well which seemed to be a little too focused on particular events. The Lisa McPherson case takes up at least an hour in "Inside Scientology" but barely 5 minutes in "Going Clear." I also felt like IS gave more specifics as to the beliefs of scientologists. But in the end GC was a better book. It's better written, better paced, and gives a more holistic understanding of the people involved. A good read!
Exhaustively researched, impeccably told. Those who insist Scientology has been warped by the "new" leadership and that LRH was onto something are delusional. This is very pseudo psychotherapy performed often by children lol. Then, add in the abuse (LRH sanctioned and gave guidelines to this abuse) and the wealth - this is a dangerous organization.
this So called religion is an pathetic man's way of making himself feel important. David Muscavige is a deeply disturbed man , violent and sick. tom cruise is also a selfish man. I'm ashamed of them both and how self important they think they are. what a sad pathetic system.
Have read one other book about this matter "Troublemaker" Leader sounds like he has "short man syndrome" meaning he has to be a loud mouth and has a short temper to make up for his short status. No wonder he choose Tom Cruise as his 'boy toy' to show off; no one else as short as him.
"The Trouble Maker" I haven't read any others yet.
First time to hear him read.
The Most Expensive CULT
Last few minutes of the Book author discusses other religions such as Jim Jones, Waco, and others where the FBI is involved. Do they not care as much that much because of the 'stars in the church'. Maybe the stars are too scared to get out. "Brain washing". If the stars make great movies people are still going to love them no matter what the church tells us about them. People will take it with a grain of salt. We just don't care about there personal lives. To each his own. Public knows about a lot about them already. Let the tabloids have a field day and just get over it.
Say something about yourself!
If you want an entertaining book on Scientology, then get the book from Leah Remini. This one will have you skipping chapters , it's really detailed.
I enjoyed it but had to stop half way through. Just too long for the time period I had to listen.