Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Lawrence Wright


The foundation For the recent HBO Documentary. a countrywide booklet Award and nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award Finalist.
 
Scientology offers itself as a systematic method of religious enlightenment, yet its practices have lengthy been shrouded in secret. Now Lawrence Wright—armed along with his investigative abilities, years of archival study, and greater than 200 own interviews with present and previous Scientologists—uncovers the internal workings of the church. We meet founder L. Ron Hubbard, the hugely imaginitive yet mentally science-fiction author, and his tricky, pushed successor, David Miscavige. We cross inside of their really good cosmology and language. We find out about the church’s felony assaults at the IRS, its vindictive remedy of critics, and its extraordinary wealth. We see the church court docket celebrities akin to Tom Cruise whereas consigning its clergy to difficult hard work lower than billion-year contracts. via all of it, Wright asks what essentially contains a faith, and if Scientology in reality advantages this Constitutionally-protected label. Brilliantly researched, compellingly written, Going Clear pulls again the curtain on some of the most secretive businesses at paintings today.

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