GOING CLEAR – SCIENTOLOGY, HOLLYWOOD AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF
The NEW YORK TIMES bestseller will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Silvertail Books on 17 March 2016.
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Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment, but its activities have long been shrouded in mystery and controversy. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning author 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 science-fiction writer turned prophet, and his tough, driven successor David Miscavige. We learn about the church’s specialised cosmology and language, its 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 labour under billion-year contracts.
Through it all, Wright asks what makes a religion, and whether Scientology in fact merits this constitutionally protected label. Now an award-winning HBO documentary film, Going Clear pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive organisations at work today.
‘Admirably judicious and thoroughly researched…You may laugh at it at first, but get ready to weep.’ The Guardian
‘A hotly compelling read. It’s a minutiae-packed book full of wild stories.’ The New York Times
‘Essential reading. . . . Lawrence Wright bend[s] over backward to be fair to Scientology. . . . This makes the book’s indictment that much more powerful.’ THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
‘Not to be read home alone on a stormy night: Going Clear, Lawrence Wright’s scary book about Scientology and its influence. . . . It’s a true horror story, the most comprehensive among a number of books published on the subject in the past few years, many of them personal accounts by people who have managed to escape or were evicted from the clutches of a group they came to feel was destroying them. . . . Wright’s book is a tribute to fact-checkers as well as to his personal courage.’ THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
‘Invaluable. . . . Completely and conclusively damning.’ SALON
‘Who’d have thought a history of religion would offer so many guilty pleasures? Lawrence Wright’s enthralling account of Scientology’s rise brims with celebrity scandal. To anyone who gets a sugar rush from Hollywood gossip, the chapters on Tom Cruise and John Travolta will feel like eating a case of Ding Dongs.’ LOS ANGELES TIMES
‘Admirably judicious and thoroughly researched. . . . Being Clear is an inducement to darkness and disarray. You may laugh at it at first, but get ready to weep.’ THE GUARDIAN
‘Not only a titillating exposé on the reported ‘you’re kidding me’ aspects of the religion, but a powerful examination of belief itself.’ ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY