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Interesting (if not somewhat SCARY) Reading!
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2017
I originally assumed this book was longer than what it ended up being, but I am still very impressed with the information and narrative that Lawrence Wright provides about L. Ron Hubbard (LRH) and the "Church" of Scientology. From the time it was established as a "religion" in the 50s up until the present day, it is amazing to read about how LRH and the church of Scientology came to be so popular...especially among celebrities and other notable persons.
I am one of the many people throughout the world who holds the opinion that Scientology is nothing more than a cult. Scientology may not be considered a cult in the strictest sense of the word, but there continues to be remarkable similarities to actual religious or quasi-religious cults such as Peoples Temple, Heaven's Gate, and even the Branch Davidians. And while LRH may not have induced the followers of Scientology to commit murder or ritualistic suicide, many of the things that he did persuade them to carry out and rules/policies they are required to adhere to are just as controversial, if not down-right scary.
Even more scary though, in my opinion, is the manner in which certain high-ranking Scientologists are treated by current Religious Technology Center (RTC) Chairman David Miscavige. I won't reveal information from the book, but let's just say that most future readers of this book are likely to do so with raised eyebrows and an open mouth when it comes to certain situations that are described and depicted in Wright's book. I HIGHLY recommend this book as a starting point and point of reference for anyone that is even remotely interested in studying about the history of Scientology and how the church of Scientology has managed to hook their claws into many of our most "beloved" celebrities, musicians, and other "Hollywood-types" such as Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Chick Corea, Kirstie Alley, Jenna Elfman, Elizabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Beck, and Juliette Lewis.