Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: June 13, 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0547549237
ISBN - 13: 9780547549231
From the Publisher
Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L.
Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest growing religion,
with millions of members around the world and huge financial
holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its
teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as
Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably
closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation
and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of the
government to further its goals. Its attacks on psychiatry and its
requirement that believers pay as much as tens and even hundreds of
thousands of dollars for salvation have drawn scrutiny and
skepticism. And ex-members use the Internet to share stories of
harassment and abuse.
Now Janet Reitman offers the first full journalistic history of the
Church of Scientology, in an evenhanded account that at last
establishes the astonishing truth about the controversial religion.
She traces Scientology's development from the birth of Dianetics to
today, following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific
self-help group to a worldwide spiritual corporation with profound
control over its followers and even ex-followers.
Based on five years of research, unprecedented access to Church
officials, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with
current and former Scientologists, this is the defining book about
a little-known world.