464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.18 in
August 6, 2013
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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.
From the Publisher
"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
, 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."
"[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 give