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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,263 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janet Reitman Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, takes an in depth look at the Church of Scientology as well as founder L. Ron Hubbard and current leader David Miscavige. The book provides an unbiased approach to this controversial religion and its history. Narrated by Stephen Hoye, the account takes you on a journey through the ideology of science-fiction author Hubbard from Dianetics to how the church functions in today's world.

Through extensive hands-on research, secret papers and interviews; the author opens the door to this secretive world and the people who believe in the principles of Scientology. She delves into the strategy of utilizing celebrities to promote the church and details the life and death of member Lisa McPherson. With her personal experience of how the church treats those who express an interest in its teachings; Reitman is able to provide a fact-based account while allowing the listener to come to their own conclusions.

While members of the church assist at disasters around the world; the religion also requires its followers to make substantial financial contributions. Scientology gives assurances to those interested in its tenets ranging from becoming anxiety-free to immortal life. In the audiobook, it is evident that most are drawn to the religion with a desire to be better people through self-help techniques that the church programs espouse. The accounts uncovered by Reitman also show that the dark side of Scientology unfortunately includes controlling the believers; and the intimidation by litigation and threats of any who would disagree with its principles.

Janet Reitman calls Brooklyn, New York home along with fellow journalist L. Christopher Smith and a French sheepdog named Bode. A master's degree in journalism from Columbia University launched her career with Rolling Stone magazine. She has written and reported on a wide variety of topics including the war in Iraq, the lacrosse debacle at Duke University and childhood obesity. Covering conflicts in Africa has taken her from the Sudan to Sierra Leone.

Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of volunteer ministers offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals. Its attacks on psychiatry and its requirement that believers pay as much as tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation have drawn scrutiny and skepticism. And ex-members use the Internet to share stories of harassment and abuse.

Now Janet Reitman offers the first full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology, in an even-handed account that at last establishes the astonishing truth about the controversial religion. She traces Scientology's development from the birth of Dianetics to today, following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific self-help group to a worldwide spiritual corporation with profound control over its followers and even ex-followers.

Based on five years of research, unprecedented access to church officials, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, this is the defining book about a little-known world.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dsinglet | 2/20/2014

    " This book is a must read for people interested in cult behavior and methods used to push a right wing agenda. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bryan | 2/18/2014

    " A must read for anyone who has ever heard of Scientology. Could barely put it down when I started. Scientology is not a religion, it is business that preys on people's weaknesses. I just hope Scientology continues its downward slide in popularity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth Ruby | 2/18/2014

    " Scientology. What a bizarre "religion." All fraud-y and manslaughter-y "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ardell | 2/14/2014

    " I like the fact this author treated the men and women she interviewed with respect. She let them tell their stories as they experienced it. She didn't berate or jest over their beliefs. She did a good job, even going out of her way, to present both sides. I felt the book is a respectful look at a very controversial group. I came away with more understanding of the group and what draws people to it. Reading this book was compelling and I could not put it down. "

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