taralovesbooks’ #CBR4 Review #21: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & The Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

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Cannonball Read V: Book #21/52
Published: 2013
Pages: 430
Genre: Nonfiction

Besides the random Xenu and/or Tom Cruise joke here and there, I didn’t really know that much about Scientology before reading this book. I knew science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard was somewhere involved, but that was it. This book is a really solid history of the religion as well as the man who invented it.

L. Ron Hubbard was a bizarre man who created an equally bizarre “religion” (it’s been under fire many times for not actually being a religion as they do not   have a deity or any sort of worship or prayer like most religions). This book follows Scientology from Hubbard’s beginnings, through the impact it had on Hollywood stars (most famously being John Travolta and Tom Cruise), and through the current leadership under David Miscavige.

Read the rest in my blog.

2 thoughts on “taralovesbooks’ #CBR4 Review #21: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & The Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

  1. This is the one that’s been making the rounds lately, right? I’ve got this book on my list, mainly because I live about half an hour from Scientology Central, and seeing them wandering around town with their blue shirts and purposeful strides makes me so curious. I don’t want to knock anyone’s personal beliefs, but some of the stuff that has been published in our local paper about them… well, I just can’t understand how they’re still around.

  2. Same here..I always stayed clear of bashing Scientology because all religions tend to have to have some weirdness somewhere in there. But this one takes the cake after reading the book. It’s definitely interesting.

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