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A Piece of Blue Sky: Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard Exposed Hardcover – January 29, 1990
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- Publisher : Lyle Stuart; First Edition (January 29, 1990)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 428 pages
- ISBN-10 : 081840499X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0818404993
- Item Weight : 1.75 pounds
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Mr. Atack had acquired quite an archive of information at his disposal to present this information to the public. Atack himself had been in Scientology when he was 19 years old. The book starts with him and his beginnings through Scientology, up until his drifting away from the cult in 1984.
He continues by giving you a history of - and a very meticulous one at that - L. Ron Hubbard's beginnings, including the start of Dianetics. We journey along to Hubbard's beginning from birth and childhood, which is very difficult to follow as it becomes clear that Hubbard was a pathological liar. Where his "imagination" begins and the truth ends is truly pondering to follow. We continue to get taken through Scientology itself, and what kind of movement it was and still is.
We can take a gander that Hubbard was not all he had portrayed himself to be. As a science-fiction pulp writer, he was clearly imaginative. He was also very savvy and appeared to create Scientology to make money and to be worshiped.
There is so much information in this book that I needed to take breaks in between. My only complaint would be that it was difficult to follow on occasion as it was sometimes jumbled, but for the most part it was a very informative read. Many of these things have been written in earlier books, but its cohesiveness makes it a needed handbook to guide you through the maze of Scientology.
It is necessary to mention that Scientology had also tried to stop this book from being published. They tried to argue that the book could not be published as it would discourage people from buying the original texts and that it was subject to copyright violation. Scientology did not win this fight however, and it was published with full quotations and all.
Amazon.com had de-listed this book for a bit in 1999, but due to public outcry, had then reversed the decision. I ask you, why, if Scientology is such a pure religion, do they try to ban anything that is written about them? What do they have to hide? Reading books such as this makes it very apparent why.
© Diane Trautweiler. 9/7/2009.
Jon Atack was one of CofS most central people who started to write an biography about Ron but became more and more disillusioned with the lies. A must read about the true history of Hubbard. In the last couple of years the vast majority of Scientologist have quit the 'Church' and are writing books about their experience.
Available as a PDF on the internet.
Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
My Billion Year Contract: Memoir of a Former Scientologist
Scientology - Abuse At the Top
Counterfeit Dreams: One Man's Journey Into and Out of the World of Scientology
For a 'religion/psychotherapy' that does its best to retain some semblance of legitimacy whilst being banned outright in many countries for its practices, Scientology will always be an organization that ruins lives under the guise of being helpful. If one were to do any more research, they would realize that the only reason there are not more resources to expose Scientology is because of their army of lawyers waiting to ruin your life should you speak out in any way, shape or form.
Again, the book is a must-read for anyone who wants to gain valuable real insight into one of the most frightening organizations in existence today.
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Great insight from the very first page of the mind boggling con man Hubbard.
A must read for anyone who is still unsure of this self made millionaire at the expense of trustworthy manipulated followers