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Book Notes – Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

What Is The Main Point Of This Book?

Although the surreal world of the Church of Scientology can seem almost silly and frivolous in the often bizarre details, it’s no joke.

It may seem like science fiction, but the cruelty experienced by those involved, and the lives ruined by Scientology are 100% real. The enormous wealth and influence of this organization—which pervades our society in ways we don’t even recognize—makes this an extremely important topic.

What Does This Book Share That Similar Books Do Not?

Others have tried and failed to write about Scientology. This is the first time a journalist has truly succeeded in lifting the veil on this mysterious and highly disturbing world. The depth of author Lawrence Wright’s investigative reporting is just staggering. The ambition and effort that went into making this book a reality is almost unfathomable.

Who Should Read This Book?

  • Essentially anyone. What’s terrific about the book is that it can be read on different levels by different kinds of readers.
  • People who enjoy true crime and mafia books, as they will find the same drama and intrigue in the imaginations of the group’s inner circle and devious operators. The group’s leader, David Miscavige, is a fascinating study in extreme psychopathy. He’s worth the price of admission alone.
  • Gossip hounds. They will be drawn to the dirt on people like John Travolta.

Who Should NOT Read This Book?

If you’re easily disturbed, you may want to avoid the book. It’s a delicious read, but it’s also undeniably discomforting to spend so much time over the course of many hundred pages in such a tense and paranoid world.

What Skills Will This Book Help You Develop?

You’ll gain important insight on the insidious ways Scientology affects our society. This book is essential reading for our times.

What Part Of The Book Was Most Illustrative Or Memorable?

The most memorable section of the book involved famous Scientologist and movie star, Tom Cruise. Just read it.

If You Only Have 10 Minutes, Which Part Should You Read?

Cut right to the part about Tom Cruise. It will blow your mind.