Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment, but its practices have long been shrouded in mystery. Now 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 highly imaginative but mentally troubled science-fiction writer, and his tough, driven successor, David Miscavige. We see the church court celebrities such as Tom Cruise while consigning its clergy to hard labor under billion-year contracts.
Brilliantly researched, compellingly written, Going Clear pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive organizations at work today.
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“Powerful... essential reading.”
—Cover of The New York Times Book Review
“An utterly necessary story.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Wright brings a clear-eyed, investigative fearlessness to Scientology and the result is a rollicking, if deeply creepy, narrative ride, evidence that truth can be stranger even than science fiction.”