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5.0 out of 5 stars Scientologists: You Don't Know Scientology!, June 13, 2011
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I bought this book despite knowing many details over the span of Scientology history and because of it. Here was an author who reportedly had done intense research, but noone has been able to capture with any depth the full panomara in one full swoop. How could anyone?

Janet Reitman has accomplished this exhausting and trying feat not reading like a dry history book, but a drama/scifi/mystery. I could not put it down until finished. There were many details I didn't know. More important to me personally was even after all this time I was able to piece together various plans and schemes that never made sense until Janet laid it all out.

I hope your steadfast labor, Ms Reitman, finds the tremendous success and widespread distribution it deserves. I firmly believe this will be The Book on the Real Scientology that will be referenced more than any other. I just finished it and am a bit awestruck. I certainly hope politicians, lobbyists, social groups, humanitarian groups and others will read this book and educate themselves fully, as well as parents, and teens, young adults.

The one group that needs to read it the most are Scientologists. In reality, they will be the last. Sincere thanks. Oh, there are juicy details in each chapter that make it a Must Read for almost anyone. When it comes to Scientology bizarre elements, you just can't make this stuff up. Hope to see you interviwed by Steven Colbert in the very near future!
More thoughts after a second read:

It is impossible for any one book to cover All of sci history from All angles. It would take a series, a long one.

There's a very important factor that sometimes gets missed so I'll repeat it. Janet Reitman discusses her sources and research in great depth. She made it clear that she didn't include anything that didn't have many backups of a story or incident.

There's also that tired, old elephant in the room. Sci's legal soldiers always at the ready, and Janet had a well founded, major publishing team behind her with their own legal eyes. Imagine how many keystrokes were deleted to make this book possible at all. It simply would not have gotten published if it had everything many of us would like to see inside.

But then there's the three, three chapters re: Lisa McPherson. And so much more. It's done in chronological order, and contains an enormous amount of background and major moments of the masterminds behind the battlefronts. Additionally I favor this book because there are so many other resources referenced within that any paricular area or point or person someone wants to find out more, there's no spending hours of googling necessary. It's provided and it makes it easy.

Sci's Bridge publications has their "What is Scientology" three-inch (?) tome and how much Truth is inside that piece of work? If someone was curious about sci, would you hand them that garbage? Janet Reitman's "Inside Scientology" holds more truth than all the thousands of sci's "library".

It should come in very handy for press questions or needs for background on a story, for families concerned about a loved one thinking about joining, and for those who know something about it, but want to know more. And like I said, there is a long list of references and links for more info throughout.
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Initial post: Jun 14, 2011 2:01:49 PM PDT
I've heard hardcopies will be shipped Jun 15 by Amazon.

Here's a short Book Trailer for Janet Reitman's "Inside Scientology":

http://youtu.be/Nf_WEwhln_c

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2011 6:18:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2011 6:19:20 AM PDT
Conan says:
I'm put off by the title. Any author who actually thinks Scientology is a religion is not thinking critically enough. Scientology only earned the title of "religion" by the tremendous pressure John Travolta put on Bill Clinton while in the White House. Travolta apparently was studying for his role playing BC in the film Primary Colors, and got into the WH where he was able to do a little arm twisting. Clinton shoved the bill through that got Scientology tax exempt status. Scientology is no more a "religion" than EST is a religion. L. Ron Hubbard, that old S.F. writer we used to love, created Scientology on a lark. Scientology is SCIENCE FICTION.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2011 8:40:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 8, 2011 12:29:47 AM PDT
Helen says:
Bill Clinton had nothing to do with the IRS decision on Scientology. It came about after years of aggressive lawsuits and other tactics against the IRS by Scientologists. The New York Times has written about this and you can Google the articles if you like. And, it was an IRS decision, not a bill, that gave the group tax-exempt status. (Not to mention, Scientology got tax-exempt status in 1993; "Primary Colors" was not published until 1996.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011 11:11:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2011 11:11:25 AM PDT
Yes, you are absolutely correct, CO$ is science fiction, but its tax exempt status has nothing to do with Bill Clinton.

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/09/us/scientology-s-puzzling-journey-from-tax-rebel-to-tax-exempt.html

Scientology's Puzzling Journey From Tax Rebel to Tax Exempt

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 7:18:35 PM PDT
Wrong.

As others here point out Clinton had nothing to do with their tax exempt status. The link to the NYTimes article says it all. They browbeat the IRS head who later resigned. Several IRS people left in protest against their getting tax exempt status by such underhanded means.

L. Ron Hubbard did not create Scientology on a lark.It was a deliberate business decision which obviously paid off big time. When asked about it he said, " I am selling the suckers a piece of blue sky."

Read Jon Atack's book, A piece of blue sky. He was a prominent insider who shares his own experience in the belly of the beast.

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Mark Beronte says:
"Scientology is no more a "religion" than EST is a religion"

Scientology should make us question the whole concept of giving tax free status to faith based organizations. After all who is qualified to tell one fantastic and impossible fantasy from another. In fact I have often thought L.Ron made this all up, just to make that point, but then it took on a life of it's own, because of the unending gullibility of the human mind.
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