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Amy Scobee
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A former top insider reveals the nightmare world of violence and abuse at the highest levels of the Church of Scientology. One review states: "At home alone, a 14 year old girl takes a phone call from Scientology. This starts a quarter of a century journey of manipulation, betrayal and sexual, physical and mental abuse. This journey leads to the highest management echelon and one woman's courage to break free. A real page-turner." Mark P. Another writes: "Amy Scobee has written a book unlike any other expose of Scientology. She actually was at the top of International Management for 20 years, and oversaw the recruitment of Hollywood stars into the Church of Scientology. She witnessed the abuse of top managers by their senior, David Miscavige. She writes convincingly of the human rights violations she endured while on the Rehabilitation Project Force, a thinly disguised slave labor camp. Her book is enjoyable to insiders and laymen alike, with a glossary of terms provided, and plentiful footnotes. This is an important contribution to understanding the controversy surrounding the Church of Scientology. The glaring spotlight eventually points to Abuse at the Top." Michael H.

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  • File Size: 3119 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Scobee Publishing (June 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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116 of 118 people found the following review helpful
Let this book, "Abuse at the Top", be a guide for generations on how to secure and maintain that human right to question everything! Don't let anyone undermine your right to demand the right to put any ideology under your scrutiny. Unfortunately, like many types of fundamentalism, this pushed "ideal" witnessed here as described so vividly by this book's author, can take years to unravel as any cult's following are usually kept busy with all kinds of dogma digestion, volunteerism with long hours, submerged in sea of daily propagandism around the clock carefully canned through surveys and marketing, along with implied if unspoken consequences should one ever think of straying from.

Amy describes in best detail the price of paranoia within the ranks at top. Some of the punishment details described in her book are so gruesome and dehumanizing, simply justified by the founder's written policy of enforcing punishment so gruesome as to get the digruntled "back to senses". It becomes evident from start that everyone within suffers the symptoms of battery and abuse, reduced into servile denial.

I should know because I was there during the 80's. Though I have never met the author, many of the names mentioned in book are people I know directly and gladly restored contact through facebook. Fortunately, I managed to make my exit narrowly escaping personal harm.

It is a very painful book to wade through. Though there are an excess of cult slang being the daily picture, there is a generous glossary of definitions and convenient footnotes. Why would anyone allow oneself to suffer so long within that organization and not leave? The cover says a billion words. It is simply because of mental entrapment abound. The book reveals this principle at work on those gullible young minds.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-buy book!!! May 12, 2010
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Wow! What an awesome book! Thank you Amy for sharing your story. I too am an ex-Scientologist but was never in the Sea Org and never endured the kind of abuse that Amy did. Knowing what I know and seeing and hearing what I have, while volunteering at a Scientology Mission, I know that Amy's story is absolutely and unfortunately, true. It makes me so sad to read about people like Amy, who had decades of their lives stolen and ruined by this very dangerous, manipulative and evil cult. However, we need people like her to share their stories, so that maybe one day, we can put an end to these horrific abuses heaped on thousands by the upper management of Scientology. Scientology is so manipulative and covert and is very, very hard to get out of, once you join. It took me over a year to finally be free. Good luck to you Amy! I wish you a life filled with peace, happiness and joy in your "new found freedom" after finally breaking away from the clutches of Scientology. Good luck to you!! This book is a must read for everyone who has ever been a Scientologist, thinking about joining or is just curious about what it is all about.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Author Amy Scobee endured 20 years of Scientology mind control, and lived to tell her story. This is a palatable, coherent expose an evil cult. Well worth every penny.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read May 31, 2010
As a former Scientologist this book really hit home, however, Amy Scobee tells a story that would be easy to follow for anyone. I believe anyone could gain insight into themselves and others by examining what can happen to an intelligent person whose good heart falls prey to a sadistic and uncaring organization. The book is an easy yet heartbreaking story to read - a real pageturner. The truth is, not every part of the Church of Scientology is bad and there are many, many good people who sincerely want and who do help others, however, the abuse at the top of this organization is horrific and must be stopped, period. I respect Amy tremendously for taking a stand and telling her story.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! May 21, 2010
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An absolute must read for anyone wanting to know more about this horrible cult. I found myself laughing, near tears and really angry as I read it. Thanks, Amy, for exposing more of the inhumane practices of the "church" and its infamous leader, David Miscarriage . . . er, I mean Miscavige. Tick, tock, tick, tock!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!!! May 13, 2010
This is a must read. Amy's story is suspenseful and provides an insightful first hand look into the upper management of Scientology. This book will hit close to home for all current and former Scientologists and anyone ever involved with or affected by a cult.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars like a script out of a sci-fi movie! March 27, 2012
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I was overwhelmed with this story. I didn't give it 5 stars only because I found it hard to keep up with at times---the terms and the whole organization of the Sea Org. is like a script out of some weird movie. I cannot believe that this type of mental and physical abuse is happening in our day and time. I cannot believe any religious organization would ever take a child at the age of 14 and start seperating her from her parents and having her drop out of school to serve in this cult madness. The whole "confessional" thing is insanity--the prison type camps and mind control is degrading, and the seperation from any type of family and spouses is the worst type of emotional torture. I cannot see how anyone can be a part of scientology knowing this is the foundation. Please send every one of the celebrities who back this religion, if you want to call it that, to Sea Org. for a round of all this author has been through and see how they like it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I still can't understand how Scientology is a religion?! It was worth the read, I did learn some more stuff about this "cult". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Denise Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars wow wow
Great read into Scientology. The life of a scientologist truly resembles a sci-Fi movie. The book was an easy read and sometimes seemed far fetched, but I'm not into a sci-fi... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emily M Boyer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brave and refreshing book about the very abusive upper management of...
This book clearly illustrates what is happening inside the Church of Scientology. She has done a great service in exposing these gross and evil mistreatments by David Miscavige. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ELIZA RICHMOND
4.0 out of 5 stars A little of evreything... Well Written.
Very easy reading. You fly through it. It is honest and riveting. I found the information of the inner workings of the church absolutely fascinating. Highly Recommend.
Published 3 months ago by DLF
3.0 out of 5 stars I dislike Scientology as I do any cult and exposees of ...
I dislike Scientology as I do any cult and exposees of an y cult is good. This book though is not real written & needs a good editor. RAG
Published 5 months ago by RAG
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening
What an eye opener. The people who follow this cult are sheep. How does it exist? Didn't anyone learn anything from Hitler???
Published 7 months ago by Kandy L. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Scientology
I found this book very well written and interesting for someone who wants to read about Scientology. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sandra Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story
This is the second "escape from Scientology " book I have read, and I am amazed. I really admire these people for having the courage to escape and especially to then tell... Read more
Published 10 months ago by sewsherry
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who wants to know how crazy it can get
Loved this book...the writer did a really great job of telling the story....someone should make a movie about this soon.
Published 10 months ago by Greta
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbeliveable
This not the first thing that I've read about (scientology). How can anyone let them self get involved with a CULT like them. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hank
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