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Inside Scientology


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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, Marie Claire, 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.


[a] searing expose. -People Magazinethe most complete picture of Scientology so far. -Garry Wills, New York Times Book Reviewcompelling, rich and courageous...what comes through this prodigious reporting effort is a really good read about the birth of a strange and yet all-American institution...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. - OregonianInside Scientology is a masterful piece of reporting....a compelling introduction to America's most secretive religion, as the subtitle has it. Even for those who have no interest in parsing when cults become religions or why faith upends fact, Reitman tells a spellbinding story of a larger-than-life personality whose quirks, ticks and charisma shaped America's newest homegrown religious movement. - Washington Postthis book is fearless - Wall Street Journal[a] meaty, engaging new book -Slate.comIn a new book, Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secret Religion, author Janet Reitman tell the fascinating history of the mysterious organization and its members. - Time.com[a] meticulously researched history and revealing expose, a frightening portrait of a religion that many find not just controversial, but dangerous...Throughout the book, the author displays consummate journalistic skills. Her accumulation of evidence is particularly impressive and gives rise to one of the more memorable works of investigative nonfiction in recent years.- Boston Globea well-researched and compelling read - Los Angeles Times[a] richly narrative history of the organization... The book is convincing and compelling. It will be interesting to see how the Scientology leadership responds. - St Louis Post DispatchInside Scientology leaves no scandal unturned in the life of L. Ron Hubbard, underlings, celebrities and cult slaves in this story of America's most secretive religion....It is a riveting read not only for its thorough research, and winning style, but because [Reitman] has left no greed undescribed in the 396 page-turner. - Seattle Post IntelligencerSo most journalistic accounts of Scientology fall into two categories: ax-grinding expose or fawning apologism. Fortunately Janet Reitman finds a third way in her authoritative, absorbing Inside Scientology: nuanced reporting that lets the facts speak for themselves...Inside Scientology will remain a thoughtful, fair-minded record of its tumultuous first generation. - San Francisco Chroniclea serious, painstaking investigation of the organization's unique structure and bare-knucled business acumen. - GQReitman's book delivers all it promises, and it promises a lot... [Reitman] has put together the most masterfully written, narratively rewarding, and thorough yarn about L. Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige, and Scientology and its strange past, present, and possible future....In Inside Scientology, we have a thorough, brave journalist backed by a major publisher, and soon what no doubt will be a major publicity push: Reitman's book should soon become Scientology's biggest headache in years. - Village Voice[a] meticulously compiled expose, culled from hundreds of interviews with active Scientologists and defectors alike. [Reitman's] revelations -- including abuse allegations against church leader David Miscavige and details about the organization's aggressive courtship of Tom Cruise -- come with impressive backup. - Entertainment WeeklyInside 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 9/11Inside 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

Interviewing both present and past members, Reitman takes a compelling look at the Church of Scientology, examining the religion's origins, claims, beliefs, scandals, and celebrity acolytes. Stephen Hoye proves a perfect pick as narrator. His tone and inflection communicate the book's nuanced ideas, and he refrains from overdramatizing his delivery when Reitman raises questions about Scientology. Hoye also provides discrete voices for the many people-e.g., a teenage girl, an official church representative-that Reitman interviews. Hoye's narration only falters during the book's first-person introduction, and even then the fault is not with his delivery; the introduction clearly identifies the author as female and the gender disparity is jarring. If this proves off-putting to some listeners, it's unfortunate, as this fascinating audiobook is definitely worth a listen. A Houghton Mifflin Harcourt hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Reitman expands on her 2006 National Magazine Award-nominated Rolling Stone article with this in-depth history and analysis of the Church of Scientology. Reitman succeeds in producing a thorough, objective, and modern history of the church that translates founder L. Ron Hubbard's arcane language and separates myth from fact. She interviewed hundreds of current and former members, church leaders, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, and journalists and also screened information from numerous website detectives investigating the church. The only key person not interviewed is David Miscavige, Scientology's current de facto leader. Reitman presents a complete picture that covers the church's peculiar ideology, its core practice of "auditing" members, its hefty financial contribution requirements for members to rise in the group's spiritual hierarchy, and its crafty way of sharing its secrets only with those who increase their giving. AudioFile Earphones Award winner Stephen Hoye's impressive, journalistic narration suitably conveys this vital work. ["Reitman's attention to the personal accounts of participants brings the story to life and adds a dimension of drama," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Houghton Harcourt hc, LJ 8/11.-Ed.].-Dale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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