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*Now a #1 New York Times bestseller*
"Compulsively readable..." LA Weekly
“Excoriating memoir" Publisher's Weekly
“A sad and painful but bravely told story.” Kirkus Reviews
The only book to examine the origins of Scientology's current leader, RUTHLESS tells the revealing story of David Miscavige's childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology told through the eyes of his father. Ron Miscavige's personal, heartfelt story is a riveting insider's look at life within the world of Scientology.
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|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
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Table of Contents
1 Beginnings 5
2 Life in the Coal Region 11
3 Music and the Marines 19
4 Starting a Family 25
5 A Marriage Made in Hell 35
6 David's Miracle 41
7 Getting in Deeper 51
8 David Goes to England 61
9 England, Again 73
10 Leaving Home 83
11 Climbing the Ladder 99
12 The Worst Month of My Life 105
13 Life in the Sea Org 113
14 Frankenstein's Monster 135
15 The Hole 149
16 Assessing My Son 161
17 Enough Is Enough 179
18 Back in the Real World 191
19 A Final Gesture 203
20 "If He Dies, He Dies. Don't Intervene." 207
21 Decompressing 215
22 David Does Not Give Up Easily 219
23 The Con That Is Scientology Today 229
24 Now What? 237
A Final Word 243
Suggested Reading 247
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wonder how many of the negative reviews were really written by Scientologists?
Miscavage created this problem he claims to want nothing to do with when he involved his entire family in scientology. He bemoans 27 years of supposed captivity and mistreatment at the hands of scientology and his son; yet still sells scientology as a good thing and even includes suggested reading of scientology and other hocus pocus at the end of the book. Get real Mr Miscavage, don't try to sell scientology in a supposedly anti-scientology book! You are the worst kind of fool, and dangerous in your willingness to perpetuate the scientology cult and prey on the weak minded in the world. And shame on you mr koon for ghost writing such a poor excuse for a book. I'm sorry I spent the time on this.
If you want to learn about this "cult" , read this. Could not put it down.
Talk about learning new things! I also heard him on radio interview. Very candid and took ownership of his role.
Really an eye opener into one of the largest brain washing cults there ever was. Also some amazing insight into how one monster can change and destroy an entire vision. David Miscavige took Hubbard's dream (weird and misguided as it was, it had a heart to it) and turned it into a money grubbing joke that probably has L Ron Hubbard spinning in his grave....or volcano. ..or whatever.
I use to be a Scienctologiest.
Disorganized and very poorly written. I couldn't even get halfway through it.
Good back ground of family environment, beginning involvement with Scientology and the err of joining Sea Org. In the end, lucky not to be faced with the punishment that could have happened. A Father’s forgiveness, but one that is bittersweet.
"Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me" authored by Ron Miscavige with Dan Koon offers a fascinating comprehensive insider view of the CoS (Church of Scientology) that only he can tell. Outlining his family history within the organization beginning in 1971, he clarifies David's cure from severe allergy and asthma attacks that required hospitalization, to his son's determination to serve LRH, and his calculated rise to power becoming the Chairman of the Board (CoB) following the death of LRH in 1986. In March of 2012 when Ron and his wife Becky "escaped"-- motion sensors and barbed wire fencing would be surrounding all new living quarters with 24 hour armed security and surveillance cameras. All phone calls were monitored, ingoing-outgoing mail read/censored. There were no days off or vacations allowed. Times to dine and watch TV were carefully scheduled and controlled. When Ron sought approval to attend his brother's funeral, he was accompanied by two "minders" and an armed investigator. This was not prison incarceration, but the life he and his wife Becky lived at the Gold CoS compound in an isolated desert region located in Southern California. After Ron and Becky stayed in Wisconsin at the home of Becky's parents, Ron would be informed he was under surveillance by detectives hired by the CoS, though they would be grateful for the large lump sum of money donated by the church to buy a home. As with many stories told about the church, Ron's story is controversial, he has been accused of selling out to make a buck, and harshly critical of David's leadership. Ron readily admits his faults as a father, and his inability to have a successful happy marriage with his children's mother Loretta due to constant bickering and fighting. They were married for 30 years before divorcing in the 1980's. This turmoil and bitter unhappiness had taken its negative toll on his family dynamic, though Ron has been happily remarried to Becky for years. Ron was very speculative about David's rise to the top, the numerous problems in the CoS, including the drastic change in philosophy, the extreme control of reporting petty/trivial matters, and its negative impact-- as the CoS demanded more time and money from members. Many of Ron's observations were also verified in the excellent book "Trouble Maker Surviving Hollywood and Scientology" Leah Remini (2015). The differences between Scientologists who lived inside and outside the organization were very noticeable, also the highly enriched lifestyle of the upper class management compared to ordinary Scientologists. The practice of Scientologists "disconnecting" from former members and anyone that doesn't agree with their views must change immediately according to Ron. This is a policy that doesn't allow honest communication, tolerance, and mature respect for differences of ideas and opinions that define individuality and a person's humanity. This policy is harmful and divides people rather than promoting (family) unity for a common good. This an important book, hopefully there will be better days ahead for this family. Great photo's included, including an aerial photographs and numbered buildings for easier identification. Special thanks and appreciation to St. Martin's Press for the ARC for the purpose of review.
Most boring book I think I've ever read. Don't waste your money. We all already know Scientology is a dangerous cult and David Miscavige is insane.
Excellent read, I highly recommend this book!
Waste of money and time