I've always been somewhat wary of Scientology ever since meeting a few of them in my college days. The book is very good about giving a history of the organization and it's founder L.Ron Hubbard, a singularly greedy megalomanical individual.
For me there were no likeable characters. They all seemed very damaged and harmed by Dianetics/ Scientology. Although I'm very sympathetic towards their stories, I can't help but feel that their continuing desire to clear the planet which is a tenet of their belief is so misguided.
There were multiple vignettes that painted a very colorful picture of the organization. I could almost feel the frustration and pain of the musical chairs incident that was organized by David Miscavige, another thoroughly loathsome individual.
Scientology : A Cautionary Tale, be advised.
There was an apocryphal story told about L.Ron Hubbard, where he stated that a man could become extremely wealthy if he started his own religion. Hubbard began a self help movement which was in reality a cult of personality from the base of his science fiction writing. Hubbard is American as any snake oil salesman, as much a fabric of the American subculture as was Aimee McPherson, Joseph Smith and a whole cadre of founders of other looney religious movements.
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