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Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
     

Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

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by Janet Reitman
 

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Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world’s fastest growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of “volunteer ministers” offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade

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Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"inside scientology" is a very hard to put down book. the writer has done an amazing job researching this questianable organization for over many years interviewing many former members of the church of scientology and how this group has a control over its members and how they use certain abusive tactics to pursue individuels and media out lets who questian their motives and practices and money. great gift for a friend or family member.
Gore More than 1 year ago
This is a well researched, objective stidy of an organization that can only be compared to something like Stalin's Soviet Union, or Hitler's Nazi party. It is both a totalitarian organization and a criminal enterprise, with institutionalized purges, thought police, intimidation, and spying (and reporting on ) one's family, friends, and neighbors.
L.A.Carlson-writer More than 1 year ago
We always hear so much about Scientology and the famous who are associated with it but Reitman goes much further and starts at the beginning with L. Ron Hubbard. How after his death this franchised faith became stronger. There is obvious controversy, cover-up and most of this organization thrives,succeeds on power and especially MONEY. The more you pay the higher your understanding of the "study of truth" becomes. With millions of members in 165 different countries, numerous real estate holdings and the statement that 50-60,000 people pay for some type of information on Scientology every year is jaw-dropping. Reitman provides notes, bibliography and index. She's a graduate of UCal-Santa Cruz and has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well-written and thoroughly researched book that pulls back the curtain on the snake oil salesman's wagon. What I found most interesting is that the largest threat to Scientology is not the naysayers and critics of the "religion" (as they woyld like you to believe), but those who are involved in (and promote it) most passionately. Always ready to strike with litigation and harassment and cry "bully" (or whatever choice buzz word they opt for), you'd think they would focus more on not shooting themselves in the foot. Which, of course, is the fault of the media. Until next time when they've come out with a new, updated Scientology 4.0, the biggest curiosity to me is that people continue to pay to be duped. Fascinating.
NYMetsNo1 More than 1 year ago
It's amazing. One man, that anyone that took psychology 101 could describe as having extreme bipolar disorder with a predaliction of compulsive lying, could rise to such wealth and power. Hey, did you know the word "Gullable" is written on the ceiling?? Really!! Look up, it's there.
ALNY More than 1 year ago
Almost impossible to stop reading! The writing and facts are astounding! Very entertaining - but frightening at the same time! Unbelievable how facts were kept hidden from the people of this world - until now! MUST READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because it's not true. It is insane. It is a "religion" created be a sci fi writer. Isn't that enough to tip you off? It is also dangerous. THINK! If you still can.
ireadtoomuch2 More than 1 year ago
There are plenty of books out there that discredit the existence of Christ. No one is "telling" you that your religion is or isnt right, freedom of speech people! This is a wonderfully researched and well written book that provides some insight as to how Scientology came to light. I enjoyed this book just as much as i enjoyed books explaining The Big Bang theory
Howee More than 1 year ago
Captivating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exhausting and long, but clear and well chronicled story of a terrifying organization.
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Gotta love it when the scientologists like that crazy one below posting in all caps try to defend their cult. Oh silly clams when will they learn? ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent account of the rise of scientology, the life of Hubbard, the many controversies of the church, and as fun and interesting to read as a popular fiction novel.
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