Blown For Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology

Blown For Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology

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by Marc Headley
     
 

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Nominated by Foreword Magazine as 2009 Book of the Year award finalist. Marc Headley provides a rare, never before seen insider's look at life inside Scientology. He spent 15 years at their secret headquarters - a 500 acre property located deep in the California desert. "...well-paced and an entertaining read." Perrybulwer.com

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Nominated by Foreword Magazine as 2009 Book of the Year award finalist. Marc Headley provides a rare, never before seen insider's look at life inside Scientology. He spent 15 years at their secret headquarters - a 500 acre property located deep in the California desert. "...well-paced and an entertaining read." Perrybulwer.com

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ISBN-13:
2940011113260
Publisher:
Marc Headley
Publication date:
08/13/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
126,192
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Marc worked at Scientology’s secret desert compound, which houses all Scientology management, for 15 years. The 500 acre property is located deep in the California desert. The local townspeople were told lectures and films were made there. But is that all that was happening? It is the location of a multi-million dollar home for L. Ron Hubbard, built two decades after his death. It is the home of Scientology’s current leader, David Miscavige. So what really happens at the Int Base? Are the stories on the internet true? How does Scientology conduct management of its day to day operations? Could stories of armed guards, weapons, staff beatings, and razor wire fences be true? If so, how could a facility like this exist in modern day America? Hundreds of staff tried to escape over the years. Some succeeded but were never seen or heard of again, most failed. Why were people kept here? What really went on at the headquarters of Scientology? This is the story of what happened behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology.

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Blown For Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Kathleen-the-Reader More than 1 year ago
I "backed into" this compelling book quite by accident. I had read "Lucas Manson" by Thomas Hauck, which is a fictional account of the Kingdom Seven Family Temple, a ruthless vampirical organization that looks a lot like Scientology. Hauck's satire is so on-target that I started looking around for books about cults and about Scientology in particular, and I found Marc Headley's book. If you want to get a real behind-the-scenes look at the Scientology empire, this book is a great place to start. It is amazing to me that in this supposedly advanced and enlightened era, people really believe in what would normally be considered far-out science fiction.
Max Rupplin More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The story was interesting and well written. Goes into some detail of the magic behind the curtain of Scientology's upper management. Not too much Scientologese but the author was nice enough to include a glossary in the back should you go past a misunderstood word.
ALNY More than 1 year ago
This book has to be read to believe the factual and amazing true story of a cult and it's horrors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live close to Gilman Springs and will always be watching for someone who needs a ride to get away from the life style of the Scientology community at that location.... I heard the auther on the radio, read the book and could not put it down, I wanted to know more!!! Well written, informative and eye-opening! I hope more people learn about this and become aware of the reality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and clear information on what is obviously a cult! This group will stop at nothing to keep it's members in line and on task! They degrade and humiliate to get what they want from you. Scarey the celebrities that are lured into what is so obviously nothing but a cult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the author's first book and it shows, but you quickly ignore it because what he is saying is gripping and astounding. It's worth the read nonetheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reads like its a movie thriller, the things Marc Headly witnessed and lived through while a member of scientology are crazy. He quite literally escaped from this cult and was lucky to do so when many others are still trapped within their building compound. Truth really is stranger than fiction sometimes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days, it was a total page-turner! I have read many books from ex scientologists as well as blogs, print articles, and YouTube videos and i continually learn new things about this cult that shocks me.  I am not surprised that Magnolia1's friends( if they indeed exist which I kinda doubt) did not inform her of the abuse going on at the base. This is because scientologists are influenced and taught not to talk badly about the church.  They are also highly encouraged to write a "knowledge report" (which is basically a piece of paper used to tattle-tale) about anyone who speaks negatively about scientology.  Sounds to me like she is a just another pawn sent out to troll book reviews. 
Anonymous 16 days ago
Reading Blown for Good has brought on a mix of emotions for me. Mostly anger at the abuses that are allowed in scientology. But I also have been overcome with happiness at the outcome of this book. Your story has truly touched my heart! Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Rigby More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book. The author has recorded a litany of activities, persons and locations with very little information regarding the reasons that people participated in this organization. I still don't have an understanding of why people didn't "blow" more often - what exactly was the consequence? He refers to the Scientologists "bringing people back" but no reflection on whether they did this physically or convinced the runaways to return. Sorry I wasted my money.
Magnolia1 More than 1 year ago
As a Scientologist for over 30 years, I decided to read Marc's book. I have three close friends who have worked in the same organization and during the same time period as Marc writes about in his book. None of them have ever mentioned anything even close to similar to what is contained in this book. They have all spent years at the "Int Base." They have all learned new skills while studying and working in Scientology. It sounds to me that Marc has also learned new skills, which, I understand he is using today in running a successful business. That's what Scientology does. It makes people more able. That's what it has done for me and why I have been a member of the Church for so long. I'm sorry if Marc had some bad experiences, but there are always two sides to every story. Seems like quite a lot of embellishment and doesn't fit with my experience or those of my friends. I don't recommend this book.