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!
It does not get any better than this. Scientology is a cult, one that destroys pretty much all those it comes in contact with. Most people will have some awareness of this, but this book is the key that opens all those closed doors they try and seal so tightly. An epic book without equal when is comes to being both shocking & very informative.
I have listened to this book three or four times and it never loses its grip. Fascinating story,well told, well read. The reader is perfectly matched to the theme. Please publish Paulette Cooper's book.
The story of L. Ron Hubbard is so fascinating and bizarre....it's the old adage of "truth is stranger than fiction". There is so much packed into this book and it is an epic tale. Wright is one of the best authors....he manages his research brilliantly and the people really come alive to the reader (listener). Also, well-narrated.
I have watched and read hundreds of hours of content on this subject and find it fascinating. This book would be great primer for someone who had never heard of Scientology before. Even as someone who already knew much of the information contained in the book beforehand, it brought pieces together for me in a way I hadn't connected them myself. It was also out and out entertaining. Lawrence Wright is simultaneously a great storyteller and an excellent journalist.