By Lawrence Wright
A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the area of Scientology by way of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Looming Tower, the now-classic learn of al-Qaeda’s Sep 11 assault. in response to greater than 200 own interviews with current and previous Scientologists—both recognized and no more good known—and years of archival study, Lawrence Wright makes use of his notable investigative skill to discover for us the interior workings of the Church of Scientology.
At the book’s heart, males whom Wright brings vividly to existence, exhibiting how they've got made Scientology what it's this present day: the darkly amazing science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, whose stressed, expansive brain invented a brand new faith. And his successor, David Miscavige—tough and pushed, with the unenviable activity of keeping the church after the demise of Hubbard.
We know about Scientology’s advanced cosmology and unique language. We see the ways that the church pursues celebrities, corresponding to Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and the way such stars are used to strengthen the church’s targets. And we meet the younger idealists who've joined the ocean Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.
In Going Clear, Wright examines what essentially makes a faith a faith, and even if Scientology is, in reality, deserving of this constitutional safety. utilising all his unparalleled journalistic abilities of commentary, realizing, and shaping a narrative right into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded but keenly incisive publication that finds the very essence of what makes Scientology the establishment it's.
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Thompson had just returned from Vienna, where he had been sent by the Navy to study under Freud. “I was just a kid and Commander Thompson didn’t have any boy of his own and he and I just got along ne,” Hubbard recalls in one of his lectures. “Why he took it into his head to start beating Freud into my head, I don’t know, but he did. And I wanted very much to follow out this work —wanted very much to. I didn’t get a chance. ’ ” to publish a review of psychoanalytic literature in the United States Naval Medical Bulletin; indeed, he may have been working on it as he traveled to Washington, and no doubt he drew upon the thinking re ected in his article when he tutored Hubbard in the basics of Freudian theory.
Hubbard himself seemed to revolve on this same axis, constantly in ating his actual accomplishments in a manner that was rather easy for his critics to puncture. But to label him a pure fraud is to ignore the complex, charming, delusional, and visionary features of his character that made him so compelling to the many thousands who followed him and the millions who read his work. One would also have to ignore his life’s labor in creating the intricately detailed epistemology that has pulled so many into its net—including, most prominently, Hubbard himself.
He was writing so fast that he began typing on a roll of butcher paper to save time. When a story was nished, he would tear o the sheet using a T-square and mail it to the publisher. Because the magazines didn’t want an author to appear more than once in the same issue, Hubbard adopted pen names—Mr. Spectator, Capt. Humbert Reynolds, Rene Lafayette, Winchester Remington Colt, et cetera—accumulating about twenty aliases over the years. He said that when he was writing stories he would simply “roll the pictures” in his mind and write down what he saw as quickly as possible.