Going Clear

Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Book - 2013
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"Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists--both famous and less well known--and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative skills to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology: its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard; its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate (and legally acknowledged) religion; its vast, secret campaign to infiltrate the U.S. government; its vindictive treatment of critics; its phenomenal wealth; and its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard"--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307745309
Characteristics: xiii, 430 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Jan 22, 2017

L Ron Hubbard was a man of intellect, imagination, and great determination. How else to describe a man who invented a religion from his own mind, and who sustained that effort over decades? He was also a money-grubbing liar and philanderer who practiced mind control on his needy, credulous audience. This book gives as complete a picture of the destructive Scientology cult as there exists in print. Highly recommended.

Jun 28, 2016

I have read many books on Scientology and this is one the best. I recommend the documentary. If you are looking for a lighthearted story, read Leah Remini's book Troublemaker. This book is not for the faint of heart.

May 14, 2016

This is a challenging read, but engrossing and well written. Especially fascinating is the life and times of L. Ron Hubbard, a topic which is thoroughly examined here, and not covered in other Scientology tell-alls. There are so many names and details, but I found that I didn't need to keep all the whos and whens straight. What emerges is similar and interwoven narratives of horror! Stranger than fiction!

Apr 29, 2016

This was a very interesting book. I highly recommend it if you are curious about this whole "religion".

cmlibrary_ecrites Apr 23, 2016

Going Clear is an in-depth, well researched and well written must read.

Apr 15, 2016

This was a tough read. When you read a sci-fi book, it might be scary, disgusting, or suspenseful, but at some level you know it’s fictional and you will be OK. The problem with this book is that the subject matter is awful but true. You almost wish you had never heard of it, but then you realize one must continue to learn the truth about our country. After completing the book, one must take a shower to get the ugliness removed.

Apr 11, 2016

A massive and fully researched whopper of a book, GOING CLEAR illustrates the Church of Scientology and all that which surrounds it in exacting detail. It's a superb albeit longish read, but if you're interested in hearing the truth, this is the book to pick up. I highly recommend it.

JCLMeganB Sep 29, 2015

Infinitely readable and more than a little astonishing. This is one of my favorite books to recommend.

Aug 05, 2015

There IS a sucker born every minute. This organization gives me the chills. I hate religion, but this isn't even religion; It's a strange cult that uses and abuses people. It's very well written and researched. I recommend it.

hbrown10011 Jun 12, 2015


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