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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jul 5, 2011 - Religion - 464 pages
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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 exposť, a frightening portrait of a religion that many find not just controversial, but dangerous.” — Boston Globe

“This book is fearless.” — Wall Street Journal

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A brilliant investigation into a little-understood and culturally significant contemporary religion. If you want to understand all of the references in the latest Tom-Cruise-Katie-Holmes-divorce ... Read full review

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The confirmed facts alone are cause for nightmares. They implemented (and were convicted of) an extensive plan to overtake the U.S. government - making Watergate look like child's play. They so ... Read full review

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Contents

PART II
65
PART III
173
PART IV
251
What Is True for You
355
Notes
371
Selected Bibliography
414
Acknowledgments
423
Index
426
Back Flap
445
Back Cover
446
Spine
447
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About the author (2011)

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."

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