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 | August 6, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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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

ANew York TimesNotable Book
Amazon.com Best Books of 2011, Nonfiction
San Francisco ChronicleTop Ten of 2011

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.25 in

Published: August 6, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547750358

ISBN - 13: 9780547750354

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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

by Janet Reitman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.25 in

Published: August 6, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547750358

ISBN - 13: 9780547750354

About the Book

How is it that America's most popular new religion is still its least understood? Based on five years of research, Reitman sheds some long-awaited light on the ever-elusive faith organization, the Church of Scientology in the first objective modern history of the notoriously secretive faith.

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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

ANew York TimesNotable Book
Amazon.com Best Books of 2011, Nonfiction
San Francisco ChronicleTop Ten of 2011

About the Author

JANET REITMAN is a contributing editor atRolling Stone. Her work has appeared inGQ,Men''s Journal, theLos Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and theWashington 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 New York Times Notable Book "[A] meticulously compiled exposé, culled from hundreds of interviews with active Scientologists and defectors alike. [Reitman''s] revelations - including abuse allegations against church leader David Miscavige and details about the organization''s aggressive courtship of Tom Cruise - come with impressive backup." - Entertainment Weekly "A serious, painstaking investigation of the organization''s unique structure and bare-knucled business acumen." - GQ "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 "The most complete picture of Scientology so far." -Garry Wills, New York Times Book Review "Reitman''s book delivers all it promises, and it promises a lot. [Reitman] has put together the most masterfully written, narratively rewarding, and thorough yarn about L. Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige, and Scientology and its strange past, present, and possible future..In Inside Scientology , we have a thorough, brave journalist backed by a major publisher, and soon what no doubt will be a major publicity push: Reitman''s book should soon become Scientology''s biggest headache in years." - Village Voice "This book is fearless" - Wall Street Journal "[A] meaty, engaging new book" -Slate.com "[A] meticulously researched history and revealing exposé, a frightening portrait of a religion that many find not just controvers
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