Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

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Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

by Janet Reitman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | July 5, 2011 | Hardcover

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"A masterful piece of reporting . . . Reitman tells a spellbinding story of a larger-than-life personality whose quirks, ticks and charisma shaped America''s newest homegrown religious movement." - Washington Post

Scientology is known for its celebrity believers and its team of "volunteer ministers" at disaster sites such as the World Trade Center; its notably aggressive response to criticism or its attacks on psychiatry; its requirement that believers pay as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach the highest levels of salvation. But for all its notoriety, Scientology has remained America''s least understood new religion, even as it has been one of its most successful.

Now Janet Reitman tells its riveting full story in the first objective modern history of Scientology, at last revealing the astonishing truth about life within the controversial religion for its members and ex-members. Based on five years of research, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, this is an utterly compelling work of nonfiction and the defining work on an elusive faith.

"A meticulously researched history and revealing exposé, a frightening portrait of a religion that many find not just controversial, but dangerous." - Boston Globe

"This book is fearless." - Wall Street Journal

A New York Times Notable Book
Amazon.com Best Books of 2011, Nonfiction
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Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 1.18 in

Published: July 5, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618883029

ISBN - 13: 9780618883028

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

by Janet Reitman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 1.18 in

Published: July 5, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618883029

ISBN - 13: 9780618883028

About the Book

The first book to tell the full story of the most secretive religion in America

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"A masterful piece of reporting . . . Reitman tells a spellbinding story of a larger-than-life personality whose quirks, ticks and charisma shaped America''s newest homegrown religious movement." - Washington Post

Scientology is known for its celebrity believers and its team of "volunteer ministers" at disaster sites such as the World Trade Center; its notably aggressive response to criticism or its attacks on psychiatry; its requirement that believers pay as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach the highest levels of salvation. But for all its notoriety, Scientology has remained America''s least understood new religion, even as it has been one of its most successful.

Now Janet Reitman tells its riveting full story in the first objective modern history of Scientology, at last revealing the astonishing truth about life within the controversial religion for its members and ex-members. Based on five years of research, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, this is an utterly compelling work of nonfiction and the defining work on an elusive faith.

"A meticulously researched history and revealing exposé, a frightening portrait of a religion that many find not just controversial, but dangerous." - Boston Globe

"This book is fearless." - Wall Street Journal

A New York Times Notable Book
Amazon.com Best Books of 2011, Nonfiction
San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten of 2011

About the Author

JANET REITMAN is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has appeared in GQ, Men''s Journal, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She holds a master''s degree in journalism from Columbia University, and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 2007 for the story "Inside Scientology."

Editorial Reviews

"[a] searing expose." - People Magazine "the most complete picture of Scientology so far." - Garry Wills, New York Times Book Review "compelling, rich and courageous...what comes through this prodigious reporting effort is a really good read about the birth of a strange and yet all-American institution...INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY is an impressive high-wire act producing a scrupulous history of how one man reframed the universe and how a lot of people paid for the privilege of agreeing with him." - Oregonian "Inside Scientology is a masterful piece of reporting....a compelling introduction to "America''s most secretive religion," as the subtitle has it. Even for those who have no interest in parsing when cults become religions or why faith upends fact, Reitman tells a spellbinding story of a larger-than-life personality whose quirks, ticks and charisma shaped America''s newest homegrown religious movement." - Washington Post "this book is fearless" - Wall Street Journal "[a] meaty, engaging new book" - Slate.com "In a new book, Inside Scientology: The Story of America''s Most Secret Religion, author Janet Reitman tell the fascinating history of the mysterious organization and its members." - Time.com "[a] meticulously researched history and revealing exposé, a frightening portrait of a religion that many find not just controversial, but dangerous.Throughout the book, the author displays consummate journalistic skills. Her accumulation of evidence is particularly impressive and gives
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