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4.0 out of 5 stars This is an Important and timely book, June 16, 2011
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This review is from: Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion (Hardcover)
Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion is objective, nonbiased and well written. It will raise the blood pressure of the management of Scientology, as well as the hairs on the arms of those unfamiliar with what goes on inside.

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. Additionally, the internet played a large part in the history of Scientology and she provides information on where to find information, as well.

Reitman does a very good job on the things she covers and for those not intimately aware of the cult as I am, the book provides riviting accounts of members recollections aided by well researched information on the organization, it's policies, procedures and culture. She does this in the most unbiased manner and backs up her work with meticulous researched references.

I was glad to see that she included interviews and information which I either did not expect to be in it, or never knew about before. I was also dismayed that certain events and names were not mentioned but, as I said, it would take volumns. She did her best to fit in what she could without overwhelming the reader. Shje explains scientologese and did it in a very easy to digest style. The research is excellent, as well. The book flows and is an enjoyable read. All that says a lot about this book and the author.
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Initial post: Jul 5, 2011 8:26:18 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2011 3:15:13 PM PDT
steamkitty says:
Yours isn't a review of the book, but of the Kindle pricing practices. I agree with you re: Kindle, but wanted to know your impression of the book under discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011 6:33:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 10, 2011 6:34:46 AM PDT
@steamkitty, Amazon uses the same comments for both the book review and Kindle review.

@Kharol S. Means , I agree with you. Why bother with the Kindle if you are paying at or near the same price? So, that's a good question to write the management.

FYI, the prices on both fluctuate according to purchase activity and it seems to have gone down a bit on the Kindle version last time I looked. I just finished reading a well written and engrossing book called Symphony of Leif, about life at a Scientology boarding school and paid fiull price while Kindle version was and still is at $.99 cents! You may want to grab it while the price is down.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 1:42:55 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011 9:10:33 PM PST
The comment about the Kindle pricing did not affect the star rating for the book.

In a recent interview, Jeff Bezos reiterated his stance that $9.99 is the "right" price for non-technical Kindle versions of current books (before their paperback release). I agree, and it seems unfortunate that publishers cannot take the long view and help create a solid long-term market for eBooks.

Until then, I buy mostly paper books, although I own a Kindle. A Kindle book is less than a paper book: paper books involve more cost and risk to the publisher (including manufacturing, warehousing, transport and returns), and can be lent, resold, and bought used. So when you buy a book on Kindle, you are really getting quite a bit less.

I'm sure prices will settle out over the long run, but for now, much Kindle pricing is excessive. I see many paper-bound books in which the Kindle version costs more!

So, if you are troubled by the pricing, don't buy the Kindle version. If you are *really* troubled, don't buy the paper version either, and let the publisher know what you are doing, and why. But Amazon has been a pretty honest player in all this, and is doing what they can to get pricing "right."

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2012 6:34:15 PM PST
Sally Marks says:
I am reading this book right now on my Kindle, and I didn't pay a dime for it. My local library allows me to borrow Kindle books just like physical books, and I don't live in a big city either.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2014 1:31:24 AM PST
Skye Hye says:
Kharol,"Hardcover $16.80 and Kindle format $15.40 ????...." I am just as outraged as you about that turn of events, but may I gently suggest that there are other ways to complain. rather than the reviews pages. What I did was contact Amazon and complain directly to them. They did respond ( extremely quickly) and said they were taking these complaints seriously (maybe, maybe not...). You have to click through the 'help' pages (very bottom of every page) a bit until you find the 'contact Amazon' button.
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