Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief



A Clear Sighted Revelation, A Deep Penetration Into The World Of Scientology By The Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Of The The Looming Tower, The Now Classic Study Of Al Qaeda S 9 11 Attack Based On 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 Ability To Uncover For Us The Inner Workings Of The Church Of Scientology 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 Science Fiction Writer L Ron Hubbard, Whose Restless, Expansive Mind Invented A New Religion And His Successor, David Miscavige Tough And Driven, With The Unenviable Task Of Preserving The Church After The Death Of Hubbard We Learn About Scientology S Complicated Cosmology And Special Language We See The Ways In Which The Church Pursues Celebrities, Such As Tom Cruise And John Travolta, And How Such Stars Are Used To Advance The Church S Goals And We Meet The Young Idealists Who Have Joined The Sea Org, The Church S Clergy, Signing Up With A Billion Year Contract In Going Clear, Wright Examines What Fundamentally Makes A Religion A Religion, And Whether Scientology Is, In Fact, Deserving Of This Constitutional Protection Employing All His Exceptional Journalistic Skills Of Observation, Understanding, And Shaping A Story Into A Compelling Narrative, Lawrence Wright Has Given Us An Evenhanded Yet Keenly Incisive Book That Reveals The Very Essence Of What Makes Scientology The Institution It Is.Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

There is than one author with this nameLawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize winning American author, screenwriter, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law He is a graduate of Tulane University, and for two years taught at the American University in Cairo in Egypt.Wright graduated from Woodrow Wilson High

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  • Lawrence Wright
  • 27 February 2017
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10 thoughts on “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

  1. says:

    What a terrible and scurrilous attack on a noble and helpful religion What a libel against its honest and self effacing founder and prophet, L Ron Hubbard And upon its current and not at all insane leader, David Miscavige, who is by no means a sadistic tyrant And upon Tom Cruise, who is not at all a megalomaniacal weirdo Psstis everyone...

  2. says:

    Not an untypical story of a modern cult a paranoid narcissist with a few interesting ideas starts a religion, abuses his followers, and nearly implodes a couple of times before a sadomasochistic sociopath takes the reins, summoning dark order out of chaos Narcissist recedes into background, sociopath assumes complete control, narcissist dies, and everything runs smoothly and evilly than before Until all of a sudden it doesn t.This is a dreary book, for both these two the narcissist Hubbard and the sociopath Miscavidge are sad, vicious, and vile Sure, they are different Hubbard is sad and vile, Miscavidge vicious and vile but the reader inevitably wearies of this interminable chronicle of domestic abuse, serial adultery, forced abortion, pathological lying, delusions of grandeur mostly Hubbard , irrational demands, punching and kicking,merciless retribution for renegades and journalists mostly Miscavidge and erratic behavior and abit...

  3. says:

    This is a vile viscous book which is a pack of lies And lawrence writght hates the first amendmant and free speech and religous freedom and heh heh heh not really lawrence wright is the living badass who s written all about religion the prison of belief , most notable for his truly great pulitzer prize winning study of radical islam, the looming tower i ve written elsewhere in these hallowed halls of goodreads about the will to believe about how, atheist grouch and PTS SP that i am, on some level i m deeply envious of tom cruise OT VIII and some of those seriously fucked to the core radical islamists while this video of tom cruise was nearly universally mocked and it is very funny , i found something very compelling about it lemme take it a bit further pure evil, yes, but the conviction it must ve taken to pilot an airplane straight into a goddamn building requires something i just don t have insanity sure but, also a level of faith and belief which, if i m honest with myself, is something i find somewhat attractive do i have that kind of conviction about anything i d like to think so in the deepest recesses of my rusted out ...

  4. says:

    I have really mixed feelings about this book On the one hand, I don t want to give it a bad rating, because I don t think it s a bad book, and I really appreciate all the time and effort Wright and hundreds of other people seriously read the acknowledgements put into investigating Scientology He is almost painfully even handed, even if the rain on the roof effect of the constant footnotes cementing the Wall of Denial the church is trying to put up around his findings Tom Cruise has never met that person, the church would never pimp for Tom Cruise, Tom Cruise has never had a motorcycle, Tom Cruise may in fact be a holographic projection is annoying.But.his main informant is Paul Haggis, who was a top celebrity member for nearly four decades, and who practiced an amazing level of denial and compartmentalization, until his love for his daughters punched through it To be fair, everyone at the higher levels of Scientology practiced this kind of extreme dissociation But this is insane, and I m not seeing anything like healing the sick, and people are actually being beaten and imprisoned.but my whole family and society is here, and I m clearly the only one who feels this way, so I ll just keep quiet and pretend and buy the audit courses bundled so I don t have to deal with it It is an amazing if probably unintended portrait of the powerful role denial has in keeping people places they realize they shouldn t be ...

  5. says:

    This is not a church or a religious organization, the labor minister, Norbert Blum, told Maclean s magazine Scientology is a machine for manipulating human beings Yes, I already saw the HBO documentary Going Clear based on this hefty tome by Lawrence Wright, and so it was obvious that I d just have to read the book that made it possible After all, for any dedicated reader the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words simply means that there are thousands of words that should be read instead.When I was just a kid, I had a huge crush on Tom Cruise It was in one of the countless magazine snippets on him that I first heard about Scientology It seemed strange and I forgot all about it Then there was that South Park episode that made me laugh Since then I ve spent a few minutes here and there on horrifically fascinated online searches about this strange blend of business and religion, but this documentary was what made me really want to look into After all, not every day you come across such an inconceivably bizarre phenomenon that managed to survive several decades and amass quite a monetary value in the process In the United States, constitutional guarantees of religious liberty protect the church from actions that might otherwise be considered abusive or in violation of laws in human trafficking or labor standard...

  6. says:

    What a hoot A religion started by a bad science fiction writer OMG, the greed, the debauchery, the paranoia, the totalitarian re education camps, the power trips, the murders, the mayhem, the countless lives ruined, the advent of the petty sociopath David Miscavige And I thought the history of the Roman Catholic church was scandalou...

  7. says:

    I can t lie I fell in love with Jesus at a young age.I was about 6 years old and my parents took me to see Jesus Christ Superstar That was about the extent of my religious education.I was conflicted to who was dreamyJesusor Judas In the end Jesus won out not because of his morals as a 6 year old I was attracted to both but I am afraid I was just attracted to JesusI mean seriously do you want to align yourself with the troubled man who hung himself from a tree or the guy that at the end was resurrected and had a cute flock of sheep following him about I picked the sheep guywith the dreamy eyes and the one that sung Hosanna Hey Sanna Sanna Hosanna It was upliftingeven though really if I was to look at it now Judas had a far superior voice and presence.Because todayas an adultI look at things logically rather than emotionally I look at fact vs fictionAnd factually Judas kicked Jesus s ass in that movie as far as talent Today as an adult I am also an agnostic A stance that most people see to be rather wishy washy I am not so far reaching to say I am an atheistI will never be one to call myself a GOD believer I am on the fence I like to call myself open minded and as an open minded person I must admit that I think of myself as far superio...

  8. says:

    Wright gets an extra star and my slack jawed admiration for his willingness to face stalking, slander, harassment, and a potential avalanche of bankrupting litigation in order to write a book that his own UK publisher wouldn t even release for fear of the retaliatory powers of what I initially thought was just a bunch of kooky, celebrobsessed Fox Mulder types, but who are actually just a 100% fucking terrifying cult, cult, cult who sues or smears or snuffs out anyone and everyone who gets in their way Good grief, I can t even begin to describe to you how creepy this book is, mostly because I don t have time right now, and also because WOW, this shit is something else Anyway, I was pretty excited to find out the other day th...

  9. says:

    This book is horrifying I knew a bit about Scientology before I started reading, but was unprepared for how much craziness and violence there was in this cult religion.I listened to this on audio, and there were many times I actually gasped when some shocking detail was revealed Such as when members were locked in a room for days with little to eat or drink, and they were forced to fight each other during a game of musical chairs They were told that those who didn t get a chair would be kicked out of the church, and a near brawl ensued.Or the time a young mother wanted to see her newborn baby, but the church refused and basically imprisoned her She managed to secretly phone a friend to drive over and meet her, and convinced the guard that her baby was ill and she had to go to the doctor The mom managed to jump in the car and escaped with her baby, with scientologists chasing after her.And there were stories about how the current leader of Scientology, David Miscavige, has beaten, attacked and humiliated his employees And there are stories of how church leaders harassed and threatened IRS workers until they were officially declared a religion, and thus could avoid paying taxes.But before the stories of beatings and harassment and forced separations, there is the history of the founder of Scientology, L Ron Hubbard Wow, that guy could spin a tale He wrote dozens of scienc...

  10. says:

    Every organized religion has it s bat shit crazy parts I don t belong to any religion myself because of this reason, but if a person gets something meaningful out of being a part of such an organization, I m not one to judge them.But Scientology is not a religion It s just not It was formed by bat shit crazy L Ron Hubbard to avoid paying taxes That s it This book is fascinating and terrifying This church has held people against their will for years and has somehow avoided being shut down One girl was put on the Scientology boat when she was just 18 and was held there for twelve years.TWELVE A woman was allegedly..ah hem killed because of abuse suffered in one of the compounds She was being punished for some stupid thing and became dehydrated When they finally decided to get her help they took ...

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