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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief Paperback – Illustrated, 5 November 2013
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
A GoodReads Reader's Choice
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- Publisher : Vintage; Illustrated edition (5 November 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 538 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307745309
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307745309
- Dimensions : 13.23 x 2.77 x 20.35 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 48,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It’s one thing to write a lot of B grade science fiction and to create a cosmology out of such imaginings, but it’s quite another to set in place an organisation that tyrannises its adherents. While many ordinary Scientologists find the (very expensive) trainings helpful, the cruelty with which many members are treated is astonishing. Then there’s the well-documented harassment of those who leave. Phones are tapped, computers hacked, files stolen.
This is a very readable, accessible book. White organises the material well, and it all makes for compelling reading. So much so that I stayed up all night, fascinated in a shocked kind of way. Naturally, John Travolta and Tom Cruise are mentioned. Travolta comes off better.
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Here's an e-mail I've just sent to the publisher which details all the manufacturing faults:
Subject: YOUR BUSINESS PARTNER AMAZON IS LETTING YOU DOWN
Just bought the excellent Going Clear by Lawrence Wright, but I'm afraid this print-on-demand product is very shoddy, as is usually the case with anything printed & bound by Amazon: cover has been printed off centre, so the lettering/headings lean to one side; the book splays open into two distinct, mis-matching halfs due to hasty assemblage/collation, & the paper stock is 'rippled'; the cover curls up at the ends & the lamination is peeling at extremities. I realise alot of publishers feel compelled to use print-on-demand these days for one reason or another, but Amazon is the worst choice possible for this method of production. When you are publishing such interesting & important books, I feel it's a shame that you can't rely on your chosen business partner to provide the quality product your books deserve.
I won't be buying any more of your books, I'm afraid - but as I hope to have made clear, this is due to Amazon's shoddy, haphazard production. I resent paying 15-20 pounds or so for a book that is not worth keeping after just one, quick read.
This book was not an eye-opener, as I had already seen and heard much about 'Scientology', but it was interesting to read something more in-depth. Scientology is not unique in its lack of morals and flagrant human rights violations, but being so 'new' it is often scrutinised more easily. I'd like to see the same being done to all religions.
It is a great read which highlights the abuses committed by this money making cult masquerading as a "church".