430 pages. Perhaps the definitive expose of the controversial religion based on hundreds of interviews with current and former members. The Emmy Award-winning documentary of the same name was based on Wright's book. First edition (first printing). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: National Book Award Finalist
A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the 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.
About the Author:
Lawrence Wright is a graduate of Tulane University and the American University in Cairo, where he spent two years teaching. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of one novel, God?s Favorite, and six previous books of nonfiction, including In the New World; Saints and Sinners; Remembering Satan; and The Looming Tower, which was the recipient of many honors--among them, The Pulitzer Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the New York Public Library?s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is also a screenwriter and a playwright. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.
Lawrence Wright official website: http://www.lawrencewright.com/
Title: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the...
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 2013
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
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