Going Clear

Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

By Lawrence Wright
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307745309, 538pp.)

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

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The Basis For The New HBO Documentary. A National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.
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 go inside their specialized cosmology and language. We learn about the church's 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 labor under billion-year contracts. Through it all, Wright asks what fundamentally comprises a religion, and if Scientology in fact merits this Constitutionally-protected label. Brilliantly researched, compellingly written, "Going Clear" pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive organizations at work today.
A "New York Times" Notable Book
A Best Book of the Year: "The Washington Post," "The Boston Globe," "New York" magazine, "Slate," "Chicago Tribune," "Huffington Post," "Newsday," "Entertainment Weekly," "People," "The Week," "Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews
"A GoodReads Reader's Choice.



About the Author
Lawrence Wright graduated from Tulane University and spent two years teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a staff writer for "The New Yorker" and a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. The author of five works of nonfiction--"City Children, Country Summer; In the New World; Saints and Sinners; Remembering Satan; "and "Twins"--he has also written a novel, "God's Favorite," and was cowriter of the movie "The Siege," He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.
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