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If Americans don't know much about history, they know even less about Scientology. If asked, they might rattle off the names of celebrity followers Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and founder L. Ron Hubbard, but few of us have more than a scattered sense of what it is and how it developed. Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology aims to correct that deficiency. The fruition of five years of research, this even-handed tome lays out the extraordinary story of how a religion fostered by a Nebraska-born pulp writer became a successful, super-secretive world faith. Rolling Stone journalist Reitman offers an unvarnished chronicle that includes accounts of physical and psychological abuse, financial manipulations, and cover-ups. Expect front-page headlines and strong sales.