Mar 24, 2016

Going Cear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of belief by Lawrence Wright - review

Lifting the lid on the church that the film stars fall for. By Joshi Herrmann
March 24, 2016

It is a strange feeling to pick up a newly released book in a second-hand book shop in New York, as I did last week. 
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, by Pulitzer-winning journalist Lawrence Wright, came out in the US in 2013 but is only being published here this month, a year after the HBO documentary of the same name by Alex Gibney was released. The book was dropped by its original publisher, Transworld, presumably under legal pressure from the famously litigious church, and is now being released by Silvertail. 
Wright interviewed more than 200 members and former members of the Church to write his definitive account of the organisation, a magnificent feat of investigative storytelling which starts with the strange life of L Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder.

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