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L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman Paperback – January 1, 1987


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books; Revised edition (January 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942637577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942637571
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.4 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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167 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Burrowing Owl on July 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Three years ago I found this book at the Goodwill. While some of the book's structure could have been better written, the information was mind-boggeling. The copy I got at the Goodwill was missing a few dozen pages, so I used Amazon.com to purchase a new copy.

After I read the book I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the FBI to acquire a copy of the FBI's files on Hubbard and Scientology so that I could varify the book's contents. That file, when it arrived, was over 6,000 pages thick. After much study and cross-reference, I concluded that there is NOTHING in the book that has not been varified as factual where and when it was possible to check.

Yes, Hubbard really was a raving madman.

Yes, Hubbard turned his fraudulent and dangerous "self-help" scam into a "religion" only because he wanted tax-exemption status and the other perks cults get from governments (such as the freedom to practice medicine without a license).

Yes, Hubbard was a paranoid schizophrenic.

Yes, Hubbard and his criminal enterprise did indeed engage in extortion, murder, espionage, burglry, jury tampering, witness intimidation, and other felonies.

If Hubbard was a "messiah," then so was Jim Jones (People's Temple) and "David Koresh" (Branch Davidians).

I highly recomend this book.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By an ex-member on February 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a former Scientologist and staff member for five years, I can confidently state that, due to the Scientology propensity to sue all perceived attackers (indeed, it is their policy), EVERY word, EVERY sentence, EVERY fact in this book has been checked, double-checked, scrutinized in microscopic detail, and is absolutely true TO SCIENTOLOGY'S SATISFACTION. Anything and everything that can be disproved in a court of law will be viciously prosecuted by Scientologists as slander.

Scientology's lawyers have been through this book (and all others like it) with a fine-tooth comb, and cannot dispute a single detail. Their own vehemence for the "truth" convicts them by the very fact that this book is in print.

For the "one-star" reviewers - i.e. Scientologists - if you receive some benefits from this cult, great. Just realize WHAT you are dealing with. Don't believe everything they tell you, because as you probably know they lie for the "greater good." And the "greater good" can certainly include sucking little ol' you dry.

Bent Corydon is a hero and a brave man to go toe-to-toe with the enormous resources of the "Church" of Scientology.

He wins this fight with a knockout in the first round.
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272 of 301 people found the following review helpful By egoms@aol.com on January 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
How I got started in Scientology and how Bent Corydon's book saved my sanity: I was once very troubled with things in my life: job, wife, friends, bills, lost hopes, bad childhood memories, alcoholic abusive father, etc... I looked everywhere to find some sort of relief from the pressure building from the millions of thoughts that can go through your head when you've lost perspective over many years. I went to counselors, psychiatrists, priests. None were effective in helping me find peace of mind. I simply wanted to find a way to stop irrational anxiety attacks, feelings of inadequacy, low self esteem, and self-destructive tendencies. Then I read "Dianetics" and was sold on how the stuff really made sense. I also read "Scientology-A new slant..." and "Fundamentals of thought" I thought, Wow! this "Tech" is amazing, I can rid myself of unwanted "engrams" and live a fuller, happier life? Well, sign me up. And so off I went to the closest "Org" and started "book one" auditing. It was only $400.00 for every twelve hours of auditing, no biggy, less than I'd pay a shrink, and I was feeling better. Oh, but wait, you're out of communication with your father, your ARC triangle is all "out." -Better enroll in a "Comm" course ($400.00). Oh! the comm course uncovered some overts and with-holds on dad? Time to see the ethics officer, yep, you guessed it, more course work required ($400.00) And we need to keep the auditting going, don't want those engrams getting away ($400.00), ($400.00)... The wife must be "aberrated" too -another set of course work/ auditing...($1200.Read more ›
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Lmann on August 30, 2005
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If you don't have a basic familiarity with Scientology this should NOT be the first book you read, but the second. First should be Jon Atack's A Piece of Blue Sky, which gives a compelling chronology of Hubbard and Scientology. You won't be able to put the book down. Nor this one, if you know the history. Corydon's book is essential supplementary material - disorganized, true, as some reviewers accurately note - but gives in-depth information on aspects Atack only alludes to, such as Hubbard's belief in black magic and how it influenced his supposedly "positive" religion. Also includes some frightening depositions from ex-Scientologists - the description of Hubbard's sexual "assault" on one victim (he lay upon her for an hour, motionless, limp, smothering, while she felt she was going crazy) is something you wont learn about from Tom Cruise and his ilk - the celebrities are feted by Scientology, and kept far away from the dark underbelly that powers the cult of Scientology.
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