[]
[]

Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Wright, Lawrence (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Going Clear
Print

Item Details

"Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists--both famous and less well known--and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative skills to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology: its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard; its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate (and legally acknowledged) religion; its vast, secret campaign to infiltrate the U.S. government; its vindictive treatment of critics; its phenomenal wealth; and its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard"--From publisher description.
Authors: Wright, Lawrence, 1947-
Title: Going clear
Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xiii, 430 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Lawrence Wright
Contents: Introduction
Part I: Scientology. The convert ; Source ; Going overboard
Part II: Hollywood. The faith factory ; Dropping the body ; In service to the stars ; The future is ours ; Bohemian rhapsody ; TC and COB
Part III: The prison of belief. The investigation ; Tommy
Epilogue
Summary: "Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists--both famous and less well known--and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative skills to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology: its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard; its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate (and legally acknowledged) religion; its vast, secret campaign to infiltrate the U.S. government; its vindictive treatment of critics; its phenomenal wealth; and its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard"--From publisher description.
ISBN: 0307700666
9780307700667
Branch Call Number: 299.936 W9518g 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [373]-418) and index
Subject Headings: Scientology Scientology Doctrines Hubbard, L. Ron (La Fayette Ron), 1911-1986
Topical Term: Scientology
Scientology
MARC Display»

Library Staff

150 students taking the Hubbard Qualified Scientologist Course at the Celebrity Centre simultaneously pointed towards ABC Studios and telepathically communicated instructions to hire John Travolta for which break out role?


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Aug 16, 2014
  • justnina rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A well-researched book on the subject of Scientology. It's fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in this "religion".

Aug 14, 2014
  • outbythewater rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is unbelievable. I'm afraid to make the wrong comment in case they come find me!

Jun 12, 2014
  • Eosos rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a fascinating look at the creation of Scientology and it's ongoing growth.
This is a highly curious religion (I do use the term loosely in this case) and extremely secretive.
The author did a wonderful job of sticking to the facts that he could find and making a clear case, through interviews and research, for calling this religion, a cult.

Feb 27, 2014
  • smichal rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

pretty creepy. Would have been better with more celebrity stories.

Feb 13, 2014
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lawrence Wright exposes the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, in a compelling work that almost reads as fiction. I began this an an audio book, was forced to return the CD's, and finally got the hardcover book. I couldn't put it down. Hubbard, a science fiction writer, founded a cult based on extraterrestrial warfare and occupation of people's beings by evil forces that need expunging, hence "going clear." It's a mind over matter belief. The fact that this group has been granted religious status by the US Government is mind blowing. The group deals in intimidation, human "slavery", inhumane punishment, and stalking. Wright pens as unbiased a piece as possible, but the end of the book left me shaking my head, wondering how such famous people as John Travolta and Tom Cruise could buy into this. The beliefs are strange, but the tactics of the organizational leadership are downright scary. This is quite a read!

Feb 08, 2014
  • rootjb09 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book. The story of L. Ron Hubbard and the rise of Scientology is too crazy for Wright to have fabricated it!

10 best nonfiction of 2013 - EW

Jan 30, 2014
  • broo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonder how much Wright himself has been or will be harassed after thoroughly exposing the sham of this ersatz religious cult -- as he relates how much persecution his predecessors have received for similarly 'telling the truth'..!

Jan 20, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Are you religious, but every once in a while wish your beliefs included more aliens, past lives and sci-fi? Then maybe Scientology is for you. Journalist Lawrence Wright, who wrote what may be the definitive 9/11 book, takes on this controversial, enigmatic and deeply strange religion in this compelling and provocative book. As the subtitle indicates, he investigates the origins of Scientology and its controversial, bizarre founder Ron Hubbard, probes its influence in Hollywood and talks about the difficulties of leaving the church. A fascinating, eye-opening look at a very secretive and very strange religion/cult.

Jan 04, 2014
  • lnarizny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very well-written and researched examination of Scientology's origins and growth to its present state. The author uses carefully neutral language, which makes reading about the abuses conducted by church leaders all the more horrifying.

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

Jan 30, 2014
  • broo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

broo thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at MCL

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
Version pocillo (pocillo) Last updated 2014/08/21 13:32