As astonishing as it is compelling - Steve Cannane's extraordinary insight into Scientology in Australia is investigative journalism at its very best.
From Rugby League players trying to improve their game, to Hollywood superstars and the depressed sons of media moguls, Scientology has recruited its share of famous Australians. Less known is that Australia was the first place to ban Scientology, or that Scientology spies helped expose the Chelmsford Deep Sleep Scandal. Numerous Australians have held senior posts in the organisation, only to fall foul of the top brass and lose their families as a result. Based on years of interviews and research, Walkley Award-winning journalist Steve Cannane tells for the first time the fascinating story of Australia's vital involvement with this powerful, secretive and punitive cult.
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"Cannane brings the story home in a manner that will drop your jaw on the first page and leave it on the floor until the last." (The Saturday Paper)
I am an avid Scientology watcher & have read many books on the subject, so I was surprised to find out how much new information I did not know about this cult/crime syndicate. The research is in depth, the stories very well told by this former ABC reporter. Although it states it is about Australian Scientologists, its breadth is much wider than that.
This book covers Scientology from its inception up to the present. It gives new insights into the analyses of L Ron Hubbard and his criminal organization that has been able to dupe so many governmental agencies into granting it religious status. The analysis of Hubbard himself as the book goes on is scathing & fascinating, all of it backed up by hard facts. The man was quite simply a lunatic, it will shock you as to how crazy he really was.
It is almost unbelievable that this cult is allowed to exist, the whole basis of Scientology is to enslave & take as much money from their victims as is possible. It reads like a crime novel, but is frightening in that it is all true. I would also recommend Leah Reminis' book Troublemaker to accompany this one as it shows this cult from the other viewpoint, that of a celebrity that gets the 5 star treatment & is oblivious to the facts outlined in this book.
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