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Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology [Kindle Edition]

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 employed at their secret headquarters, the sprawling 500 acre property located deep in the California desert. The local townspeople were told that Scientology lectures and films were being made there. But is that all that is happening there? It is the location of a multi-million dollar home for L. Ron Hubbard, built two decades after his controversial death. It is the home of Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige. Rumor has it that high ranking Scientology celebrities such as Tom Cruise have been there. 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? Reports from former members have shown up here and there over the past 20 years. Could stories of armed guards, weapons, staff beatings, and razor wire fences surrounding the entire property be true? If so, how could a facility like this exist in modern day America? Hundreds of staff had made attempts to escape over the years. Some had succeeded but had never been seen or heard of again, but most had failed. Marc knew it would not be easy getting out of the Scientology compound. Why were people kept here? Why did more people not attempt to escape over the years? What was it that went on at the International headquarters of Scientology? This is the story of what happened behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology.

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105 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scientology insider tells all - Scientology is dumb November 9, 2009
By Thomas
Format:Hardcover
Stayed up into the night finishing Marc Headley's Blown for Good. I was blown away by how good this book was. I could not put it down - and I'm glad I didn't.

I finished Nancy Many's Billion Year Contract a couple of days ago. That was a good book, It is distinct among the recent Scientology survivor books in how it gives an inside view on how mental illness and Scientology don't mix. Maybe too much of an "inside" view. The book was grueling for sure but I would recommend it. But that book didn't capture me quite so much as Blown for Good.

The day after I finished Nancy Many's book, I got Blown for Good in the mail. There is so much about this book to like. There is a charm to it. I realized half way through the book that all the chapter titles were taken from Depeche Mode songs and like the music of Depeche Mode, the book takes you some place dark where strength and vulnerability walk hand in hand. It also occurred to me that is book begs to be made into a movie, not only because the picture Marc paints is so clear, but also because we already have a sound track.

Marc's sarcastic, smart ass comments are great comic relief and not just funny to laugh at, but almost necessary as he takes you into the world of Scientology's "Secret" Base, the domain of the sociopathic, sadistic "leader" Dave Miscavige. More than any other book to date (I think I've read them all) this book paints a portrait of Miscavige. It is not a pretty picture. Miscavige comes off sometimes as a cartoonish super villain, laughing maniacally at his hapless minions who he makes to suffer, but Marc keeps up anecdote after anecdote, with quotes and details to remind you that this is a real person he is talking about.
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160 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why every American should read this book November 6, 2009
Format:Hardcover
First, it is a page turner and and would make a blockbuster movie.
Second, Marc Headley wrote and published this book while still being harrassed and harrangued by Scientology's "intelligence arm".

One of many rapid-fire expose's, they all expose one startling fact: Our government agencies have been ignoring the crimes and abuses of this cult for decades. Every American should now ask your Senator and Congressman to see to it that these horrendous crimes finally come to an end, and that U.S. Citizens be protected. And don't forget to ask the current IRS Commissioner why the error of religious status given to this group hasn't not been corrected.

When you read what really goes on it will seem too incredulous. Just when you've finished one chapter, thinking it couldn't possibly get worse, you turn the page. Somehow Marc has kept and inserted his sense of humour amidst the horror. Kudos to your courage as well, Marc. Will our elected officials now stand up as well?
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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read! November 6, 2009
Format:Hardcover
It is not often that one gets a look inside a secretive organization like the Church of Scientology. Mark Headley spent years working at Golden Era Studios, shoulder to shoulder with top management and Scientology celebrities.
This book reveals the inner workings of the Sea Organization, and the machinations of cult leader David Miscavige and his acolyte Tom Cruise. Headley writes with credibility and humor. This is a must read for any current or ex-scientologist, or anyone with an interest in this subject. The faithful should have no problem with it, as one of the early abilities they lay claim to is the ability to talk to anyone on any subject, and the focus on truth.
The book includes a forward by Marty Rathbun, a former high level church leader during the time Mark was there.
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121 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I salute Marc Headley for this book November 7, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I am only up to Chapter 8. Am an Ex Scientologist & worked at St. Hill, UK for 5 years, also did alot of training in Scientology. I offically left the Church in 2001. Am now declared a Suppressive Person. On reading the first 8 Chapters it brought back alot of memories of how my life used to be. Marc has written a very factual account of how the Church operates, it is exactly how he tells it. The Sea Org members are treated inhumanly & this used to upset me greatly when I was on staff. The book is easy to read & he tells it as it is. Getting an insight into Int base is alarming, those people are inslaved & it should be investigated by the American Govenment. What Marc has written goes on Worldwide but is extreme at Int. David Misscabbage should be investigated. I am so glad that I left Scientology & have a good life now. This book will help people to not get involved with this criminal organisation. Well done Marc Headley.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abuse doesn't only happen to its Top Members... November 9, 2009
By Shipper
Format:Hardcover
I did NOT have it THIS INTENSE, but...some of the abuses that are particular to Scientology (working 80+ hrs a week, little-to-no-pay, Stockholm Syndrome, etc...) happens to those who work as 'Staff Members' of Scientology organizations around the world, as well.

I know. I was a Staff Member for a few years and my husband and I also had to escape in the middle of the night! (Without the benefit of a police escort though).

As a matter of fact, even the PUBLIC who receive Scientology courses and counseling are ALSO abused..for they are extorted and blackmailed of large amounts of money ($300,000.00+ US) for services that do NOT deliver what is promised.

I am almost finished reading Marc's book,and it is one incredible, gripping and I believe, ACCURATE account of what goes on behind the closed doors of Scientology!

It is just SICKENING to find out that this cruel abuse by David Miscavige was occurring at the top levels of the Sea Org while we as Staff (in our case) were also working our lives away, and being shown glossy, FAKE PR Videos of successful Sea Org!

I applaud Marc and his wife for escaping and having the courage to write this book! May it help MANY!

I'm buying this book for friends. And anyone who knows anyone involved in Scientology, buy them this book! They'll thank you later!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Thank you for sharing your story! I couldn't put it down. So happy it came up as "recommended" by Amazon.
Published 9 days ago by MichelleB0406
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me goosebumps!
This book not only kept me reading until the very end but gave me goosebumps. Chilling true story of religion gone wrong!
Published 19 days ago by Josh James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
5 stars, Marc Headly has had one abnormal life that is brought to light in this terrific book. Shining light on the Scientology Int base life
Published 28 days ago by Sheryl Nix
5.0 out of 5 stars This is straight out of Stalin's USSR!
You would not believe that this happened and is happening, in the United States! The Land of the Free! Yea. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frik Blaauw
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
This book blew me away. I give so much credit to Marc Headley for finding not only the strength to leave Scientology , but the strength to speak out against it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sewsherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Scientology is Evil!
It is time the government -FBI looks into this organization and puts people in prison. These people should get back pay, and restitution for pain, suffering and false... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but Complicated
This was fascinating, but at times I got lost in all the Scientology terminology. It was confusing at times, but very interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stacie
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed history of Headley's time in Scientology.
Marc Headley has an excellent memory for the things that happened during his many years as a Scientologist. To paraphrase what he says, they are seared Into his memory. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne Gravel
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Expose.
I'm not a Scientologist, so I wanted to read this to find out what's Scientology like from the upper echelons of the organization, let me say I'm shocked. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gregory Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of a horrible organization and how love overcame it.
Marc's story is very powerful. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever had an interest in what is going on behind the locked doors of Scientology or anyone ever... Read more
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