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Inside Scientology - The Story Of America's Most Secretive Religion (Cód: 9203287)

Reitman, Janet

Mariner Books

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Scientology is known for its celebrity believers and its team of 'volunteer ministers' at disaster sites such as the World Trade Center; its notably aggressive response to criticism or its attacks on psychiatry; its requirement that believers pay as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach the highest levels of salvation. But for all its notoriety, Scientology has remained America's least understood new religion, even as it has been one of its most successful. Now Janet Reitman tells its riveting full story in the first objective modern history of Scientology, at last revealing the astonishing truth about life within the controversial religion for its members and ex-members. We watch the singular L. Ron Hubbard transform a self-help group into a worldwide spiritual corporation, at one point running the church from his personal fleet on the high seas before establishing its base in sleepy Clearwater, Florida. As he became increasingly paranoid and reclusive a young acolyte named David Miscavige assumed control; after Hubbard's death in 1986 he quickly purged the ranks and began to transform the church once again. Miscavige has overseen some of the church's greatest triumphs--among them a controversial billion-dollar IRS tax exemption and Tom Cruise's emergence as a vocal advocate--but he also has created a climate of fear and intimidation, according to ex-members whose stories of abuse Reitman shares. Reitman is the first to examine his twenty-five year reign and what it might mean for the future of the church. Based on five years of research, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, this is an utterly compelling work of nonfiction and the defining work on an elusive faith. A revelatory, page-turning investigation that pulls back the curtain on life inside Scientology ''Inside Scientology' is an engrossing, groundbreaking work that brings a welcome sense of fair-mindedness to a subject that is, for many journalists and scholars, too hot to touch. Reitman has accomplished the miracle of adding light without heat.'--Lawrence Wright, author of 'The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 ' ''Inside Scientology' goes beyond the celebrities and the scandals--though they're here in all their absurdity and horror--to find in Scientology a more profound story about 'technology' as an article of faith and faith as a vessel for science, or, at least, science fiction. With precision and empathy, Janet Reitman has in this definitive investigation laid bare the genesis and possibly the endgame of America's strangest religion.'--Jeff Sharlet, author of 'The Family and C Street' A masterful piece of reporting . . . Reitman tells a spellbinding story of a larger-than-life personality whose quirks, ticks and charisma shaped America s newest homegrown religious movement. ' Washington Post' Scientology is known for its celebrity believers and its team of volunteer ministers at disaster sites such as the World Trade Center; its notably aggressive response to criticism or its attacks on psychiatry; its requirement that believers pay as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach the highest levels of salvation. But for all its notoriety, Scientology has remained America s least understood new religion, even as it has been one of its most successful. Now Janet Reitman tells its riveting full story in the first objective modern history of Scientology, at last revealing the astonishing truth about life within the controversial religion for its members and ex-members. Based on five years of research, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, this is an utterly compelling work of nonfiction and the defining work on an elusive faith. A meticulously researched history and revealing expose, a frightening portrait of a religion that many find not just controversial, but dangerous. 'Boston Globe ' This book is fearless. 'Wall Street Journal ' A 'New York Times' Notable BookAmazon.com Best Books of 2011, Nonfiction'San Francisco Chronicle 'Top Ten of 2011'

Características

Peso 0.36 Kg
Produto sob encomenda Sim
Marca Mariner Books
I.S.B.N. 9780547750354
Referência 017125472
Altura 20.32 cm
Largura 13.21 cm
Profundidade 2.79 cm
Número de Páginas 444
Idioma Inglês
Acabamento Brochura
Cód. Barras 9780547750354
Ano da edição 2013
AutorReitman, Janet