Going Clear (Enhanced Edition)

Going Clear (Enhanced Edition)

By Lawrence Wright

  • Release Date: 2013-01-17
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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Description

National Book Award Finalist

The enhanced eBook edition of Lawrence Wright’s revelatory study of Scientology includes additional photographs and documents, plus more than thirty minutes of original video—taped interviews with former members of the church speaking about what drew them to Scientology and about discovering past lives, the church’s position on abortion and homosexuality, and how the Guardian’s Office functions; and in interviews with the author, Lawrence Wright speaks about his aims in writing this book, his respect for his sources, and methods of research.

A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—both famous and less well known—and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

At the book’s center, two men whom Wright brings vividly to life, showing how they have made Scientology what it is today: The darkly brilliant science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, whose restless, expansive mind invented a new religion. And his successor, David Miscavige—tough and driven, with the unenviable task of preserving the church after the death of Hubbard.

We learn about Scientology’s complicated cosmology and special language. We see the ways in which the church pursues celebrities, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, and how such stars are used to advance the church’s goals. And we meet the young idealists who have joined the Sea Org, the church’s clergy, signing up with a billion-year contract.

In Going Clear, Wright examines what fundamentally makes a religion a religion, and whether Scientology is, in fact, deserving of this constitutional protection. Employing all his exceptional journalistic skills of observation, understanding, and shaping a story into a compelling narrative, Lawrence Wright has given us an evenhanded yet keenly incisive book that reveals the very essence of what makes Scientology the institution it is.

Reviews

  • Wait. What?!?!

    5
    By Suzy Northstar
    This is what I said over and over again as I read this book. Scientology is just plain nuts.
  • Completely Addictive

    5
    By P Kuykendall
    I may not agree with everything I read, but I found the book incredibly fascinating. It was difficult to put down. For the record I have no particular affiliation with Scientology and read the book on recommendation of a friend.
  • Wanted to like it.

    2
    By InsertLameNicknameHere
    The idea and topic of this book interest me a lot. The book was written in a style that isn't engaging. I wished it was more of a novel style format. Unfortunately, I did a lot of skimming and skipping of pages.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By Brady J. Frey
    It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a good work of nonfiction this mysterious and intriguing. Whatever opinion you form, it's worth seeing the subject from this angle.
  • Some glitches

    4
    By DreaRocksNJ
    I chose this enhanced version over the regular edition ebook since the price was the same, however, the videos did not significantly add to the book. Also, there are a number of errors - missing footnotes at the end of at least two chapters, as well as no other numbered notes, though I discovered at the end many pages of such endnotes. Just go with the regular version, which is hopefully presented more efficiently.
  • Content good but with formatting errors

    4
    By joeblitzen
    I enjoyed the book and the exhaustive reporting contained within. However, pages at the end of several chapters wouldn't display. They simply vanished into the digital ether.
  • Fantastic Well Researched Book

    5
    By mattford1
    An amazing book. A well researched, well written, background into Scientology containing dozens of insightful interviews and history. It truly brings out the evils of the cult and it's destructive effect on it's current and former members. It totally opened my eyes to this cult.
  • Eye opener

    5
    By AzJedi
    I could not put this book down. Wright covers a lot of crazy stuff and exposes this organization's crazy behavior. Wright's criticism is aimed at the behavior of the leaders not the beliefs. Buy the enhanced version (ITunes) and videos are inserted to back up Wrights passages. A must read... It's the earthquake that will crack the foundation.
  • Fine Book, But I Had Technical Issues

    3
    By Citizen User
    Book is very interesting but for whatever reason the "jump to footnote" system is messed up...one of the side effects being that when you get to the footnote page, it doesn't show it...it just duplicates the previous page, so you miss part of the book too. Closing the app and rebooting my iPad2 often fixes the problem temporarily, but often it does not. How hard can presenting a text document be? I would think easier than collecting my money...
  • Poorly executed

    2
    By Boston Bluestocking
    If you want to read an excellent critical history of Scientology, Janet Reitman's "Inside Scientology" is your book. It is well written, exhaustively researched over a six-year period, and lets the facts speak for themselves with a scathing result for the "Church". THIS book, on the other hand, is rushed, derivative, and jumbled. This started from a 2001 profile article in the New Yorker of a prominent ex-Scientologist. The book kept the profile then stuffed a lot of existing material around it. There is little structure, and his writing lacks focus and clarity.

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