release date: Sep 22, 2017
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National Book Award FinalistNational Book Critics Circle Award FinalistA New York Times Notable BookA Best Book of the Year The Washington Post The Boston Globe New York magazine Slate Chicago Tribune Huffington Post Newsday Entertainment Weekly People The Week Publishers Weekly Kirkus ReviewsA GoodReads Readers Choice Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment but its practices have long been shrouded in mystery Now 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 highly imaginative but mentally troubled science-fiction writer and his tough driven successor David Miscavige We go inside their specialized cosmology and language We learn about the churchs 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 labor under billion-year contracts Through it all Wright asks what fundamentally comprises a religion and if Scientology in fact merits this Constitutionally-protected label Brilliantly researched compellingly written Going Clear pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive organizations at work today
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