Going Clear by Lawrence Wright Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman Troublemaker by Leah Remini A Piece of Blue Sky . Janet Reitman takes readers inside Scientology in her book about America’s most secretive religion. The limestone and granite Church of Scientology in midtown Manhattan is located just northwest of Times Square, at West 46th Street.

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And it probably gave them a language that they needed.

Ron Hubbard and the man who succeeded him, David Miscavige. In the US in half a million people were being treated in mental institutions, but there were only six thousand psychiatrists and insidee which was the most popular therapy back then.

His new movement, Scientology, was going to treat people’s spirits and become tax exempt.

And hearing how easy it was for them to get into this, I realized that with the right sales pitch and without the negative information, this could all sound very appealing.

Whatever else they may be, they are a corporation and have a very aggressive business side. The fee’s were crazy high and what you were exactly paying for.

Overall, would give 3. Jul 28, Jon Wilson rated it liked it.

Janet Reitman is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. Reitman came to the Slate offices for an hour-long chat about Scientology’s current, controversial leader, David Miscavige; the church’s celebrity marketing strategy; and the impressive poise of children who attend Scientology-based schools. I soldiered on, despite my disappointment, and was rendered speechless with horror any number of times. View all 25 comments. Their goal is to spread Hubbard’s teachings to the sscientology, business world.

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Granted, scientlogy is quite textbooky, but I feel like those people were looking for something more People-magazine-salacious with cover-to-cover celebrity stories. Jul 09, Joanna rated it really liked it Shelves: It was all very secretive. Filled with insane people, basically a cult, a total scam, a wart on the face of contemporary society and religion, a pure corporation that cares about nothing except making money, and a fascinating mess.

In the world of business school, this is genius. What exactly do they believe?

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I applaud Germany’s stance that Scientology does not deserve official religious protections this is separate, of course, from the individuals’ right to practice whatever faith they desireand I was happy that the end of the book reported that the church, thanks in part to its isolated and inept current leadership, seems to be in decline.

Even his beagles, Jelly and Safi, who wore “tiny blue sweaters with commander’s bars,” fare better than people who have signed billion-year contracts with the church: I think after reading this book you will see plenty of differences that mark Scientology as He “disconnected” from his family and now they don’t see him anymore. It was appealing to people because we’re talking about an era where there wasn’t really psychiatry.

Did you ever encounter any intimidation? Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. If you don’t feel up to the task of reading scienology entire book, I recommend reading the first three chapters, especially if you’re ever crazy enough to consider becoming a member of this so-called religion.

Eventually though it all became too much for him and by the time he died he was a highly paranoid recluse. rritman


The church has created an alternative drug-treatment program called Narconon. It will progress no further, learn nothing new, for it scientolgoy seen the light.

Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion

It means the study of knowledge. Scientology is a religion and a cult. See 2 questions about Inside Scientology…. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, he reframed Scientology to make it more spiritual.

Book review: ‘Inside Scientology’ by Janet Reitman

As a religious studies student throughout high school and in my undergraduate studies along with a life-long interest in American new religious movements in particular, with ScientologyI knew a lot of the “facts” of Reit This is an insidr book that truly does aspire to be as objective as possible when it comes to Scientology’s history, founder, beliefs, and practices. All religions have pretty lurid histories and it’s easy to portray any of them as terrible, cult-like conspiracies.

Although, you can get the same Scientologist experience by locking yourself in a room without food or water for ten days only after burning all your kerosene-drenched money in a scidntology can. She uses a lo First up, I’ve had a particular point of view regarding scientology for many years due to something that happened when I was a child. She lets the facts and events speak for themselves. The organization has become increasingly punitive.