Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman
The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

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11 Critic Reviews

A bizarre and complicated history told with masterful control.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

“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 exposé, 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 Book
Amazon.com Best Books of 2011, Nonfiction
San Francisco Chronicle Top Ten of 2011
 

About Janet Reitman

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JANET REITMAN is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has appeared in GQ, Men's Journal, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 2007 for the story "Inside Scientology."
 
Published July 5, 2011 by Mariner Books. 469 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Inside Scientology
All: 11 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 15 2011

A bizarre and complicated history told with masterful control.

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NY Times

Excellent
on Jul 21 2011

Reitman...gives us the most complete picture of Scientology so far.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Jul 20 2011

Inside Scientology is a must-read for present and former cult members, cult observers and those who debate the price of freedom.

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WSJ online

Good
on Jul 08 2011

Given the vindictiveness of its subjects, this book is fearless...But it is also nuanced, especially in its treatment of Hubbard.

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LA Times

Good
on Jul 04 2011

...Reitman obviously has done her own extensive legwork...

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Jun 29 2011

...the book lacks a real narrative drive; 
it reads, at times, like an extended encyclopedia entry.

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The Seattle Times

Good
on Aug 06 2011

...Reitman does a wonderful job of drawing from Hubbard's letters and communiqués to capture his philosophy and strategy.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
on Jul 23 2011

INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY is an impressive high-wire act producing a scrupulous history of how one man reframed the universe and how a lot of people paid for the privilege of agreeing with him.

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Denver Post

Good
on Aug 28 2011

...the book is a needed introduction to Scientology for nonscholars, the first of its kind.

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Tampa Bay Times

Above average
on Jul 16 2011

Much of this story has been told before. Reitman's contribution is to weave together Scientology's complex characters and events...

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The Village Voice

Excellent
on Jun 13 2011

...by the end of its 369 pages, you should be convinced that Reitman...has put together the most masterfully written, narratively rewarding, and thorough yarn about L. Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige, and Scientology...

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