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The Basis for the HBO Documentary. A National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.
Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment, but its practices have long been
shrouded in mystery. Now Lawrence Wright—armed with his investigative talents, years of archival research, and more than
two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—uncovers the inner workings of the church. We
meet founder L. Ron Hubbard, the highly imaginative but mentally troubled science-fiction writer, and his tough, driven
successor, David Miscavige. We go inside their specialized cosmology and language. We learn about the church’s legal
attacks on the IRS, its vindictive treatment of critics, and its phenomenal wealth. We see the church court celebrities
such as Tom Cruise while consigning its clergy to hard labor under billion-year contracts. Through it all, Wright asks
what fundamentally comprises a religion, and if Scientology in fact merits this Constitutionally-protected label.
Brilliantly researched, compellingly written, Going Clear pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive
organizations at work today.
A New York Times Notable Book
A Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, New York magazine,Slate, Chicago Tribune, Huffington
Post, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, People, The Week, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews
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