By Lawrence Wright
A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the area of Scientology through the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Looming Tower, the now-classic learn of al-Qaeda’s September 11 assault. in accordance with greater than 2 hundred own interviews with current and previous Scientologists—both well-known and no more good known—and years of archival study, Lawrence Wright makes use of his remarkable investigative skill to discover for us the interior workings of the Church of Scientology.
At the book’s heart, males whom Wright brings vividly to existence, displaying how they've got made Scientology what it truly is at the present time: the darkly amazing science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, whose stressed, expansive brain invented a brand new faith. And his successor, David Miscavige—tough and pushed, with the unenviable job of conserving the church after the loss of life of Hubbard.
We find out about Scientology’s advanced cosmology and distinctive language. We see the ways that the church pursues celebrities, similar to Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and the way such stars are used to enhance the church’s ambitions. And we meet the younger idealists who've joined the ocean Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.
In Going Clear, Wright examines what essentially makes a faith a faith, and no matter if Scientology is, in truth, deserving of this constitutional safeguard. utilizing all his unheard of journalistic abilities of remark, realizing, and shaping a narrative right into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded but keenly incisive publication that finds the very essence of what makes Scientology the establishment it truly is.
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Kamikaze attacks were at their peak. American troops su ered more than 60,000 casualties in less than three months. Japanese forces were ghting to the death. The savagery and scale of the combat has rarely been equaled. Once again, Hubbard stood on the treacherous precipice, where the prospect of heroic action awaited him—or else indignity, or a death that would be obscured by the deaths of tens of thousands of others. One month after the invasion of Okinawa, Hubbard was admitted to the Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, complaining of stomach pains.
Sara was tall, blond, buxom, and wild, often claiming to have lost her virginity at the age of ten. “Her chief interest in life is amusement,” one of the boarders observed. But she was also quick and intelligent and full of joy, delighting everyone around her.
When he turned them down, they purloined a copy of his manuscript from his hotel room in Miami. Hubbard explained to his agent that he ultimately decided to withdraw the book from publication because the first six people who read it were so shattered by the revelations that they had lost their minds. The last time he showed Excalibur to a publisher, he said, the reader brought the manuscript into the room, set it on the publisher’s desk, then jumped out the window of the skyscraper. Hubbard despondently returned to the pulps.