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The New York Times bestseller hailed as 'masterful' by The Sunday Times, 'Devastating' by the Daily Beast and 'An utterly necessary story...a feat of reporting' by The Wall Street Journal.


Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment, but its activities have long been shrouded in mystery and controversy. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright – armed with his investigative talents, years of archival research, and more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists – uncovers the inner workings of the church. We meet founder L. Ron Hubbard, the science-fiction writer turned prophet, and his tough, driven successor David Miscavige. We learn about the church’s specialised cosmology and language, its legal attacks on the IRS, its vindictive treatment of critics, and its phenomenal wealth. We see the church court celebrities such as Tom Cruise while consigning its clergy to hard labour under billion-year contracts. Through it all, Wright asks what makes a religion, and whether Scientology in fact merits this constitutionally protected label. Now an award-winning HBO documentary film, Going Clear pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive organisations at work today.

An utterly necessary story. . . . A feat of reporting. "The Wall Street Journal"Brings a clear-eyed, investigative fearlessness to Scientology . . . a rollicking, if deeply creepy, narrative ride, evidence that truth can be stranger even than science fiction." "The Washington Post"A hotly compelling read. It s a minutiae-packed book full of wild stories. "The New York Times "Courageous. . . . Devastating . . . will come as news even to hardened Scientology buffs who follow the Church s every twist and turn. "The Daily Beast"Essential reading. . . . Lawrence Wright bend[s] over backward to be fair to Scientology. . . . This makes the book s indictment that much more powerful. "The New York Times Book Review"Not to be read home alone on a stormy night: "Going Clear," Lawrence Wright's scary book about Scientology and its influence. . . . It s a true horror story, the most comprehensive among a number of books published on the subject in the past few years, many of them personal accounts by people who have managed to escape or were evicted from the clutches of a group they came to feel was destroying them. . . . Wright s book is a tribute to fact-checkers as well as to his personal courage. "The New York Review of Books"Insightful, gripping, and ultimately tragic. "The Boston Globe"A fearless, compelling, exhaustive work of muckraking journalism and a masterpiece of storytelling. . . . A ripping yarn about ego, money, abuse, faith, and the corrupting nature of power when wielded by the wrong people. It s as lurid, pulpy, and preposterous-seeming as anything Hubbard or Haggis ever wrote, but it s much better, because it has the benefit of being true. "The A.V. Club"Invaluable. . . . Completely and conclusively damning. "Salon"Who d have thought a history of religion would offer so many guilty pleasures? Lawrence Wright s enthralling account of Scientology s rise brims with celebrity scandal. To anyone who gets a sugar rush from Hollywood gossip, the chapters on Tom Cruise and John Travolta will feel like eating a case of Ding Dongs. "Los Angeles Times"Admirably judicious and thoroughly researched. . . . Being Clear is an inducement to darkness and disarray. You may laugh at it at first, but get ready to weep. "The Guardian" (London)Not only a titillating expose on the reported you re kidding me aspects of the religion, but a powerful examination of belief itself. "Entertainment Weekly"A fascinating read, and a chilling one. . . . The power in Wright s book lies as much in his meticulous investigative reporting as in his evenhanded approach. "Minneapolis Star-Tribune"Absorbing and important. . . . Scrupulous parsing is vintage Wright; his footnotes are as vital as those of any nonfiction writer alive. "The Plain Dealer"Mr. Wright s reportorial techniques seem impeccable. . . . Lawrence Wright shines a light on a world that prefers to keep its players off stage, and the public in the dark. "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"A powerful piece of reportage. . . . Detailed, intense and at times shocking. "The Miami Herald"Wholly engrossing stuff. "The Austin Chronicle"Wright s brave reporting offers an essential reality test. . . . Poses larger questions about the nature of belief. "Publishers Weekly"Devastating. . . . Wholly compelling. . . . Each page delivers startling facts that need no elaboration. "Kirkus Reviews" (starred)Jaw-dropping. . . . A fascinating look behind the curtain of an organization whose ambition and influence are often at odds with its secretive ways. "Booklist"""An utterly necessary story. . . . A feat of reporting." --The Wall Street Journal "Brings a clear-eyed, investigative fearlessness to Scientology . . . a rollicking, if deeply creepy, narrative ride, evidence that truth can be stranger even than science fiction." --The Washington Post "A hotly compelling read. It's a minutiae-packed book full of wild stories." --The New York Times"Courageous. . . . Devastating . . . will come as news even to hardened Scientology buffs who follow the Church's every twist and turn." --The Daily Beast "Essential reading. . . . Lawrence Wright bend[s] over backward to be fair to Scientology. . . . This makes the book's indictment that much more powerful." --The New York Times Book Review"Not to be read home alone on a stormy night: Going Clear, Lawrence Wright's scary book about Scientology and its influence. . . . It's a true horror story, the most comprehensive among a number of books published on the subject in the past few years, many of them personal accounts by people who have managed to escape or were evicted from the clutches of a group they came to feel was destroying them. . . . Wright's book is a tribute to fact-checkers as well as to his personal courage." --The New York Review of Books"Insightful, gripping, and ultimately tragic." --The Boston Globe"A fearless, compelling, exhaustive work of muckraking journalism and a masterpiece of storytelling. . . . A ripping yarn about ego, money, abuse, faith, and the corrupting nature of power when wielded by the wrong people. It's as lurid, pulpy, and preposterous-seeming as anything Hubbard or Haggis ever wrote, but it's much better, because it has the benefit of being true." --The A.V. Club"Invaluable. . . . Completely and conclusively damning." --Salon"Who'd have thought a history of religion would offer so many guilty pleasures? Lawrence Wright's enthralling account of Scientology's rise brims with celebrity scandal. To anyone who gets a sugar rush from Hollywood gossip, the chapters on Tom Cruise and John Travolta will feel like eating a case of Ding Dongs." --Los Angeles Times"Admirably judicious and thoroughly researched. . . . Being Clear is an inducement to darkness and disarray. You may laugh at it at first, but get ready to weep." --The Guardian (London)"Not only a titillating expose on the reported 'you're kidding me' aspects of the religion, but a powerful examination of belief itself." --Entertainment Weekly"A fascinating read, and a chilling one. . . . The power in Wright's book lies as much in his meticulous investigative reporting as in his evenhanded approach." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune"Absorbing and important. . . . Scrupulous parsing is vintage Wright; his footnotes are as vital as those of any nonfiction writer alive." --The Plain Dealer"Mr. Wright's reportorial techniques seem impeccable. . . . Lawrence Wright shines a light on a world that prefers to keep its players off stage, and the public in the dark." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"A powerful piece of reportage. . . . Detailed, intense and at times shocking." --The Miami Herald"Wholly engrossing stuff." --The Austin Chronicle"Wright's brave reporting offers an essential reality test. . . . Poses larger questions about the nature of belief." --Publishers Weekly"Devastating. . . . Wholly compelling. . . . Each page delivers startling facts that need no elaboration." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)"Jaw-dropping. . . . A fascinating look behind the curtain of an organization whose ambition and influence are often at odds with its secretive ways."--Booklist-An utterly necessary story. . . . A feat of reporting.- --The Wall Street Journal -Brings a clear-eyed, investigative fearlessness to Scientology . . . a rollicking, if deeply creepy, narrative ride, evidence that truth can be stranger even than science fiction.- --The Washington Post -A hotly compelling read. It's a minutiae-packed book full of wild stories.- --The New York Times-Courageous. . . . Devastating . . . will come as news even to hardened Scientology buffs who follow the Church's every twist and turn.- --The Daily Beast -Essential reading. . . . Lawrence Wright bend[s] over backward to be fair to Scientology. . . . This makes the book's indictment that much more powerful.- --The New York Times Book Review-Not to be read home alone on a stormy night: Going Clear, Lawrence Wright's scary book about Scientology and its influence. . . . It's a true horror story, the most comprehensive among a number of books published on the subject in the past few years, many of them personal accounts by people who have managed to escape or were evicted from the clutches of a group they came to feel was destroying them. . . . Wright's book is a tribute to fact-checkers as well as to his personal courage.- --The New York Review of Books-Insightful, gripping, and ultimately tragic.- --The Boston Globe-A fearless, compelling, exhaustive work of muckraking journalism and a masterpiece of storytelling. . . . A ripping yarn about ego, money, abuse, faith, and the corrupting nature of power when wielded by the wrong people. It's as lurid, pulpy, and preposterous-seeming as anything Hubbard or Haggis ever wrote, but it's much better, because it has the benefit of being true.- --The A.V. Club-Invaluable. . . . Completely and conclusively damning.- --Salon-Who'd have thought a history of religion would offer so many guilty pleasures? Lawrence Wright's enthralling account of Scientology's rise brims with celebrity scandal. To anyone who gets a sugar rush from Hollywood gossip, the chapters on Tom Cruise and John Travolta will feel like eating a case of Ding Dongs.- --Los Angeles Times-Admirably judicious and thoroughly researched. . . . Being Clear is an inducement to darkness and disarray. You may laugh at it at first, but get ready to weep.- --The Guardian (London)-Not only a titillating expose on the reported 'you're kidding me' aspects of the religion, but a powerful examination of belief itself.- --Entertainment Weekly-A fascinating read, and a chilling one. . . . The power in Wright's book lies as much in his meticulous investigative reporting as in his evenhanded approach.- --Minneapolis Star-Tribune-Absorbing and important. . . . Scrupulous parsing is vintage Wright; his footnotes are as vital as those of any nonfiction writer alive.- --The Plain Dealer-Mr. Wright's reportorial techniques seem impeccable. . . . Lawrence Wright shines a light on a world that prefers to keep its players off stage, and the public in the dark.- --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette-A powerful piece of reportage. . . . Detailed, intense and at times shocking.- --The Miami Herald-Wholly engrossing stuff.- --The Austin Chronicle-Wright's brave reporting offers an essential reality test. . . . Poses larger questions about the nature of belief.- --Publishers Weekly-Devastating. . . . Wholly compelling. . . . Each page delivers startling facts that need no elaboration.- --Kirkus Reviews (starred)-Jaw-dropping. . . . A fascinating look behind the curtain of an organization whose ambition and influence are often at odds with its secretive ways.---Booklist --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • Lawrence Wright(Author)
  • Silvertail Books (13 Mar. 2016)
  • English
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  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Booklover on 13 September 2017

    This is an excellent book. This exposes Scientology for what it is, a money-making cult.

  • By A P. on 8 March 2017

    Told me everything I needed to know about Scientology.

  • By Christine Frost on 12 August 2015

    Having recently read 'Bare-Faced Messiah', the biography of L Ron Hubbard, much of the first portion of this book was going over familiar territory for me, from another angle. Post Hubbard's death, the book took me to new places - and new nutty landscapes of Scientology and its gormless celebrity followers. I hesitate to comment too much more, in fear of being targetted by outraged Scientologists! Let's just say, Wright's book tells the story of this crazy cult very well and makes one wonder at mankind's willingness to be conned, fleeced and manipulated in the name of 'religion'. I was eager to read the book in advance of seeing the current film it has inspired. Recommended for anyone curious about Scientology and its followers.

  • By iampago on 17 May 2015

    The most eye-opening book I've read in a long time. I didn't really know anything about Scientology before reading this book (not that it makes any sense to me now!) so I opened this book with an open mind. Lawrence Wright approaches the subject with respect and an unbiased view, but even that doesn't help the 'church' in being exposed as a cult. This book will give you new perspective into the lives of scientologists and reveal some shocking information about the church's most famous members, as well as a hard look at their practices and cruel punishments. While Lawrence Wright and some of the former members he interviews show how some of the Scientology practices can enhance daily life, there's no way to hide that its dark practices far over-shadow the good. And most of all, it exposes its founder, L. Ron Hubbard for the real tyrant he was, and proves how the vast majority of his teaching were seriously hypocritical. This is an important book for this time of Hollywood-mania and desire for fame and fortune - read it, then get as many of your friends to read it as you can.

  • By Paul Cocteau on 6 March 2013

    A very readable insight into the birth of the church from it's development by Hubbard, a proponent of the anti-psychiatry movement, as the answer to the world's problems, and onto the leadership by Miscavige who instigated the litigious and bullying tactics that scientology is now becoming famous for.

  • By Jack partridge on 9 August 2016

    Brilliant book - offers a worrying view of what can only be described as a cult. Packed with interviews and inside information about a group that is otherwise very reluctant to give any detail about what they do or what they believe. Fascinating

  • By books on 26 January 2013

    Only read a few chapters but very well written.Doesnt totally ridicule Hubbard,in fact quite sympathetic at times.Does show how really barmy he was but I suppose that doesnt disqualify you from creating a religeon and not paying taxes.Really enjoyable read unless your a scientologist of course.

  • By Stanley Crowe on 24 June 2013

    I remember Wright's essays on Paul Haggis in The New Yorker, and it's good to see the larger context of that story filled in here. Clearly, the book has been well-researched, and it is well written and perhaps as well organized as the multiple story lines allow. My only real criticism -- and it's not a very damaging one -- is that in covering the last 25 years or so, Mr Wright has so many stories to juggle -- Cruise, Travolta, Miscavige, Tommy Davis (Anne Archer's son), Haggis, Marty Rathbun and a few others -- that some transitions within the later chapters are a bit sudden. It's not easy to see, though, that this amount of material could have been handled in any other way. Also, earlier, I was a bit surprised by the efficiency with which L. Ron Hubbard was able to mount Operation Snow White in 1973 -- it wasn't clear to me that the cult was that well organized at that time on the scale needed to carry that off. Still, the accounts of Hubbard and Miscavige are illuminating, and the way in which we are enabled to understand the cult's connection to the entertainment industry (and through that understand why it might not have sought to maximize political connections) is testimony to Wright's clarity and diligence. There are things said here about Tom Cruise that, if untrue, would open Wright and his publisher to a libel suit. I'm betting that won't happen, and that tells you all you need to know.In his final chapter, Wright raises the issue of what exactly a "religion" is -- an issue that for all sorts of reasons, but mainly having to do with tax liability, is important to Scientologists. He mentions that Mormonism, starting from very sketchy foundations, has now come to be accepted as "mainstream," and is at least leaving open the possibility that Scientology might make it to that level. I suppose that could happen, but I wonder whether if Mormonism had sprung up in our media-saturated internet age and connected to "entertainment" (as opposed to establishing itself politically in a limited geographic space) it could have made it to where it is today. I suspect that the early scandals would have doomed it. Wright's book might be read in connection with Jon Krakauer's fine "Under the Banner of Heaven," a book about the history and culture of Mormonism that wears its heart on its sleeve a bit more than Wright does. Wright's achievement, though, is to let Scientology condemn itself out of its own mouth -- the quotations from people inside the organization, from Hubbard on, are just devastating.


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