most the stuff in this I already knew but it did shed some light on LRH and who he was. if you want to learn about Scientology, this is the best book to read
Outstanding and very even-handed account of an extremely dangerous group of narcissists preying on people who truly want to better the world. Highly recommend!!!!
You know all those stories you've heard or maybe only half heard about Scientology? This book puts it all into context with a single, clear chronology. Worth going through more than once just to get all the people straight.
Someday I will listen again to remind myself why not just religions but any system of belief (even not religious) can go crazy and become a case of the lunatics take over the asylum.
This book is a cautionary tale not only about how belief systems can go wrong but also about how organizations can go wrong if the crazies are allowed to have their way.
This book scared the heck out of me but it was worth it. I learned a lot about the things to watch for in organizations when they go bad. Bad behavior tends to lead to more bad behavior unless something stops it. And if bad behavior comes from the top it pervades the organization until it goes rotten.
A bad reader ruins a great book faster than an SP injects body thetans into a PTS. But when I heard this guy talk I was immediately just like ... pffft. Great tone, speed, articulation, perfect. This man is Kakan.
Wright paints a very ugly picture of Scientology, it's founder, L. Ron Hubbard and more than a few people associated with the cult. I found the book simultaneously fascinating and depressing, because despite some of the dark, disturbing places it goes, it's truly interesting and informative. The "Prison of Belief" is an appropriate phrase to include in the title because many of the people described in the book really seem to be prisoners of their own fanatical devotion to a strange religion founded by troubled former pulp science fiction writer. It's hard to believe Hubbard could inspire the devotion he inspired. It speaks to the desperation many of us have to understand the world and ourselves as well as to our ability to blind ourselves to what we don't want to see.
The book some of the celebrities associated with the cult in a very unflattering light and it left me feeling angry with them and angry at our own government for not only allowing some of what's been reported by former Scientologists to go on but for allowing an incredibly well-funded cult to bully their way to tax exemption. Money and fanatical devotion are powerful tools indeed!
I found the reading by Morton Sellers adequate but it certainly takes nothing away from this book. Recommended... but you may want some lighter reading afterwards.
This production showcases a thorough investigation of this frightening organization. It is hard to imagine believing in this bizarre man
The ravings of Hubbard got tedious at times. I do appreciate the authors attempts to explain what draws people to Scientology, but calling it a religion abuses our tax code. It was all rather exhausting and infuriating.