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.”