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Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, And The Prison Of Belief

By Lawrence Wright, 1947-

National Book Award Finalist


A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—both famous and less well known—and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

At the book’s center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion. And his successor, David Miscavige—tough and driven, with the unenviable task of preserving the church after the death of Hubbard.

We learn about Scientology’s complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.

In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, understanding, and shaping a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that reveals the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is.

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

0307700666


Format: Book
Author: Wright, Lawrence, 1947-
Summary: Examines the Church of Scientology; discusses the esoteric cosmology, the auditing process for determining an inductee's state of being, and the Bridge for Total Freedom; and details how the church pursues celebrities.
Title: Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief / Lawrence Wright.
Publisher Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Subject: Scientology
Isbn: 0307700666 9780307700667
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 5
Call Number: 299.936 Wri
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Bib Id: 420416

Format: Book
Author: Wright, Lawrence, 1947-
Summary: Examines the Church of Scientology; discusses the esoteric cosmology, the auditing process for determining an inductee's state of being, and the Bridge for Total Freedom; and details how the church pursues celebrities.
Title: Going clear : Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief / Lawrence Wright.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Description: xiii, 430 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Scientology
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [415]-418) and index.
LCCN: bl2013000836
ISBN: 0307700666
ISBN: 9780307700667
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: 299.936 Wri