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Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion Paperback – August 6, 2013
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—Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
"Inside Scientology goes beyond the celebrities and the scandals—though they're here in all their absurdity and horror—to find in Scientology a more profound story about "technology" as an article of faith and faith as a vessel for science, or, at least, science fiction. With precision and empathy, Janet Reitman has in this definitive investigation laid bare the genesis and possibly the endgame of America's strangest religion."
—Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family and C Street
Top Customer Reviews
I heartedly whipped through this informative book and I highly recommend for general readers,as well as current and former members.
The most important thing I came away with after reading it was that this well researched and written book is an must read for anyone wanting to know why Scientology is so controversial.
The subject and history of Scientology and it's leaders current and past, is such that it would fill volumes. So, I think Janet Reitman accomplished, in good part, what she set out to do with this book:
"It has been my goal to write the first objective modern history of the Church of Scientology," Reitman proclaims in her introduction. "It is the goal of Inside Scientology to translate [L. Ron Hubbard's arcane] language and separate myth from fact."
What to include must have been a real dilemma. As a former member, I just wish there had been more. But for the outsider wanting to know the inside story of the secretive religion called Scientology, they will come away very informed and quite surprised. It does not provide all that there is to know but she provides the essential information and gives the reader enough so that they will have an historical understanding. She compliments earlier works and provides such that one will want to read up on previous works if they have not read them already.
She really did her homework. Hence the large Notes Section and 'Selected Bibliography at the end of the book.Read more ›
The story of Lisa will tear your heart out. But it will also show you an example, if an extreme one, of an organization based on lies, taking advantage of others and itself being highly dangerous.
Lisa died receiving what organized scientology called "The Introspection Rundown".
In the book Janet Reitman tells of scientology's founder L Ron Hubbard announcing this rundown as a cure for the last unsolvable mental condition "the psychotic break". As quoted from Hubbard in Janet's book: "'I have made a technical breakthrough which possibly ranks with the major discoveries of the Twentieth Century,' he proclaimed in a bulletin dated November 24, 1973. 'THIS MEANS THE LAST REASON TO HAVE PSYCHIATRY AROUND IS GONE'."
Who is Hubbard to make such a "breakthrough"? The point is not whether the introspection rundown should have been two days or seventeen days as is argued by true believers in Hubbard's "technology". The point is this "tech" was written by a man with zero credentials in the field of mental health, who was an academic fraud, who abused people on a wholesale basis and who ripped off many millions from the proceeds of scientology while countless staff were cash starved and countless public were financially ruined.
In every way organized scientology destroyed a beautiful, young woman and took advantage of her for her money. It was completely incompetent without a technology to truly help others. And then it covers up what in my opinion is serious crime knowingly and willingly so that justice even to this day will never be done.Read more ›
Janet Reitman has accomplished this exhausting and trying feat not reading like a dry history book, but a drama/scifi/mystery. I could not put it down until finished. There were many details I didn't know. More important to me personally was even after all this time I was able to piece together various plans and schemes that never made sense until Janet laid it all out.
I hope your steadfast labor, Ms Reitman, finds the tremendous success and widespread distribution it deserves. I firmly believe this will be The Book on the Real Scientology that will be referenced more than any other. I just finished it and am a bit awestruck. I certainly hope politicians, lobbyists, social groups, humanitarian groups and others will read this book and educate themselves fully, as well as parents, and teens, young adults.
The one group that needs to read it the most are Scientologists. In reality, they will be the last. Sincere thanks. Oh, there are juicy details in each chapter that make it a Must Read for almost anyone. When it comes to Scientology bizarre elements, you just can't make this stuff up. Hope to see you interviwed by Steven Colbert in the very near future!
More thoughts after a second read:
It is impossible for any one book to cover All of sci history from All angles. It would take a series, a long one.
There's a very important factor that sometimes gets missed so I'll repeat it. Janet Reitman discusses her sources and research in great depth.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fabulous book....amazing information. I knew nothing about Scientology and this book really tells ALL. Well written, a page turner, kept my interest.Published 28 days ago by Happy in Maryland
The thing I liked the most was how many sources she had from all levels in the organization. Sometimes it goes into a little more detail that I would like but overall it was very... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Seanreviews
Many love to write long reviews. I don't want to spoil too much about this fine research book. I wanted to read this objective book to learn about Scientology. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PaulD
I've read a number of books on Scientology, and this one so far is the best. Not too judgemental, and just the right amount of "gotchas" so you stay interested in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by average consumer
"Inside Scientology" is very well researched and gives views from both sides of the electric fence (although it is very difficult to make it balanced since this religion is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janaka Stagnaro
OK - admittedly it's not fair to critique a non-fiction history for being too long or detailed.
I think my appetite for the topic would be for a briefer version. Read more
Purchased back in 2012 and just purchased for a Christmas gift. Good read !Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow - this was a real eye opener for me. It really was a good book that explained a lot about what Scientology is! The shipping was fast and the seller was great!Published 5 months ago by Steeler Sue
We've all heard of it, but I wanted some details. Now I have them. I've learned how it started and what it is. Very interesting and in depth. Easy to read.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer