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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Scobee Publishing; 1st edition (May 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692008012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692008010
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thank you Amy for sharing your story.
J. James
I recommend anyone who is interested in learning more about Scientology to read this book.
Tena Pillow Queen Bee
Allow one to question everything, it is our human right!
Charles Wildbank

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113 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Charles Wildbank on May 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By J. James on 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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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ebner on May 7, 2010
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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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on May 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Dominator on May 13, 2010
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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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bernie Headley on 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jill hughes on 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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