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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477453466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477453469
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun was Inspector General of the Religious Technology Center (RTC), the organization that controls the copyrights and trademarks of the materials relating to Dianetics and Scientology. His role was to head the Inspector General Network, described by the Church of Scientology as "an independent investigatory and policing body whose function is to keep Scientology working by ensuring the pure and ethical use of Dianetics and Scientology technology." The post is one of the most senior management functions in the Church and its related organizations. Rathbun left the Church of Scientology in 2004. He is now an independent Scientologist. As such he and his wife, Monique, provide counseling and auditing services for other Scientologists that have cut their ties with the Church of Scientology. He emerged as a critical source in a 2009 Tampa Bay Times expose on the organization, revealing that physical violence is a common occurrence within Scientology management, and that Scientology head David Miscavige regularly beats his staff, and orders staff to administer beatings to designated individuals. The series by the Times titled "Inside Scientology: The Truth Rundown" (http://tinyurl.com/mjcnfv) was recognized with honors including the 2010 Gold Medal for Public Service award from the Florida Society of News Editors, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Headliner Awards in the category of investigative reporting. Rathbun has also been profiled by the following publications: The UK Independent weekly magazine: http://tinyurl.com/cwahwzy Texas Monthly magazine: http://tinyurl.com/758rb75 The Village Voice: http://tinyurl.com/5tjnhuc Rathbun operates a blog called Moving On Up a Little Higher: markrathbun.wordpress.com

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For anyone wanting to know what is wrong with Scientology, this is the book for you.
Brad Halsey
This book is actually very well written and covers precisely the problems that the current Church of Scientology is undergoing.
Scientology is harmful, whether you do it inside the criminal organization run by David Miscavige or not.

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114 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Denise Brennan on June 29, 2012
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If this book is aimed at the public at large who have as yet not gotten involved with scientology and it is trying to convince them that scientology is good, I believe it will not be effective.

It is literately riddled with scientology jargon and references and unfounded statements of fact about scientology and Hubbard that I believe will not interest this public on any scale.

However, I believe this book is going to have great appeal to scientologists who have left organized scientology, fleeing its abuses but are still true believers in Hubbard. And why not? Marty rightly points out many horrid abuses within the organized scientology and purports to offer a kinder and gentler scientology where people are not beaten, screamed at, hard sold beyond ability to bear and the like. Who would not like that?

I liked that the book told of some horrid abuses in organized scientology. There are many horrid abuses within organized scientology that go far beyond the examples given by Marty.

I also really liked reading that Marty to a degree seems to promote a non-fundamentalist approach to scientology, saying people should be able to leave it, take breaks from it, not have to believe everything Hubbard says, etc. I think that is a good start.

I especially liked reading the last chapter or two of the book and really, really wanted to believe that Marty reaches out to and seems to embrace good parts of other practices that foster human rights and decency. I like that he seemed to be preaching that scientologists should not think they have this superior technology and be arrogant as if they were somehow above all others, when they certainly are not.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Cent on July 2, 2012
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I just finished this book and particularly liked the author's writing style with factual information and detailed timeline on occurrences within the walls of the Church. Corporate Scientology has truly become a fanatical cult and this book details how this occurred. As a former member of long duration, now out for over two years, I had to put the book down more than once to take a deep breath and groove on my new understandings. The Church has betrayed it's own members, it's staff and it's public (parishioners) who are lied to daily and threatened with "severe ethics actions" if they so much look at a news story online. An enlightening read, for sure!
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48 of 60 people found the following review helpful By You Talk I Listen on July 1, 2012
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What many severe critics of Scientology will not like about this book is that it describes not only what is terribly wrong with $cientology, it also describes what is useful about it.
Why is Scientology still here? You would think that with over 60 years of some of the most horrible press attacking it incessently, that the organization and the philosophy would have vanished from the face of the earth. So how the heck does it continue to make headlines and continue to be controversial or continue to be accepted by anyone in his right mind?
The unfortunate truth for detractors is that Hubbard did in fact come up with workable spiritual technology which can and does (in the right hands) help people live a happier, more fullfilling life. Sorry. Works for me.
The reason that membership in the "church" of $cientology is declining is because the organization is so corrupt and its leadership is completely out of touch with reality. And, because its self-appointed "leader" is a sociopath.

Mr. Rathbun does an excellent job of clarifying many of the issues embroiling the current cult of $cientology as well as describing some of the things that really are the reason that scientology is still around.

An excellent read.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pauline on July 21, 2012
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Marty, I have just finished your book, and I did find it very interesting and informative and it has led me into looking into Scientology much more. Whilst I accept that David Miscavige is a very "sick" evil sociopath , it appears that he may have had a good teacher. I have just watched the documentary on YouTube called "Scientology: Secret Lives - L. Ron Hubbard". All of the people close to him in the earlier days have now spoken out. You appear to still stand by Scientology under the Hubbard rule, so I would welcome your remarks after watching this video, because Miscavige seems no better, or worse, than Hubbard. The man was obviously a power hungry, con man whilst having a clear understanding and great talent for hypnosis, good enough to fool millions of gullible people. It certainly didn't do him much good towards the end of his life, did it? With regard to Tom Cruise, John Brousseau did say he wasn't very bright....an understatement I would have thought. From recent reports it seems his mate, John Travolta may be a closet gay, so what about the rest of them? Scientology supposedly promises a cure, which obviously does not work !!!! Apparently, Tom & his wife lived in their own separate apartments, a situation that apparently embarrassed Katie enormously. But, of course, you would know all about that from your auditing sessions. Anyway, good on you and all those people who have spoken up. However, I am concerned that you and Mike Rinder were perfectly happy to verbally and physically abuse other members and allow them put in "The Hole" for no apparent reason, but only defected when you, yourselves had to suffer the same attocious treatment that you inflicted on others.Read more ›
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