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The Resource Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief, Lawrence Wright

Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief, Lawrence Wright

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Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief
Title
Going clear
Title remainder
Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief
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Lawrence Wright
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Language
eng
Summary
A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the now-classic study of al-Qaeda's 9/11 attack, The Looming Tower. 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; adn its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard. At the book's center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant L. Ron Hubbard--whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion tailor-made to prosper in the spiritually troubled post-World War II era. And his successor, David Miscavige--tough and driven, with the inenviable task of preserving the church in the face of ongoing scandals and continual legal assaults. We learn about Scientology's esoteric cosmology; about the auditing process that determines an inductee's state of being, about the Bridge to Total Freedom, through which members gain eternal life. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are exploited to advance the church's goals. We meet young idealists who joined the Sea Org, the church's clergy, whose members often enter as children, signing up with a billion-year contract and working with little pay in poor conditions. We meet men and women "disconnected" from friends and a family by the church's policy of shunning critical voices. And we discover, through many firsthand stories, the violence that has long permeated the inner sanctum of the church. In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of the constitutional protections achieved in its victory over the IRS. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, understanding and synthesis, and his ability to shape a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that goes far beyond an immediate exposé and uncovers the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is
Summary
Examines the Church of Scientology; discusses the esoteric cosmology, the auditing process for determining an inductee's state of being, and the Bridge for Total Freedom; and details how the church pursues celebrities
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  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2013.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2013
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10171083
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DLC
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1947-
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Wright, Lawrence
Dewey number
299.936
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Hubbard, L. Ron
  • Miscavige, David
  • Scientology
  • Scientology
  • Scientologists
  • Cults
  • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Target audience
adult
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Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief
Label
Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief, Lawrence Wright
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 519-523) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Scientology: The convert -- Source -- Going overboard. -- Hollywood: The faith factory -- Dropping the body -- In service to the stars -- The future is ours -- Bohemian rhapsody -- TC and COB. -- The Prison of Belief: The investigation -- Tommy
Control code
000052240357
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First Vintage Books Edition.
Extent
xiv, 538 pages
Isbn
9780307745309
Isbn Type
(softcover)
Lccn
2013362316
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)826076318
Label
Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief, Lawrence Wright
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 519-523) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Scientology: The convert -- Source -- Going overboard. -- Hollywood: The faith factory -- Dropping the body -- In service to the stars -- The future is ours -- Bohemian rhapsody -- TC and COB. -- The Prison of Belief: The investigation -- Tommy
Control code
000052240357
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
First Vintage Books Edition.
Extent
xiv, 538 pages
Isbn
9780307745309
Isbn Type
(softcover)
Lccn
2013362316
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)826076318

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