Going Clear by Lawrence Wright Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman Troublemaker by Leah Remini A Piece of Blue Sky . Janet Reitman takes readers inside Scientology in her book about America’s most secretive religion. The limestone and granite Church of Scientology in midtown Manhattan is located just northwest of Times Square, at West 46th Street.

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Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Janet Reitman is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. Inside Scientology is her first book.

In the s, L. Ron Hubbard was a pulp fiction writer, best known for his fantasy and science fiction stories.

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But after an attempt at Hollywood screenwriting, Hubbard decided to go a different route. Inhe published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Healtha self-help book that became a bestseller and launched a new religion.


That religion was Inaide, and six decades since it began, much is still unclear about the church, its history and its current leader, David Miscavige, who took over shortly after Hubbard’s death.

Journalist Janet Reitman spent more than five years combing through confidential papers and memos, visiting various Scientology centers and interviewing church members past and present for her book, Inside Scientology: But this expansion has not come without its costs, the author explains.

Miscavige’s leadership style has caused some high-ranking members, including former spokesperson Mike Rinder, to leave and form their own independent movement. Reitmen says these members are often subjected to a more intense form of “auditing” — what Scientologists refer to as “spiritual counseling.

Reporter Janet Reitman Peers ‘Inside Scientology’

The innermost secrets, the most personal secrets, are part of the record of the Church of Scientology. And, you know, would they release that information if somebody like Cruise or Travolta decided to leave and denounce the church?


That I think is a credible fear. Scientology also has been scrutinized for the way it is jaet against” psychiatry and psychiatric drugs, Reitman says.

The church has created an alternative drug-treatment program called Narconon. When given an opportunity to respond, the Church of Scientology sent NPR an page statement that began: Reitman’s book is filled with inaccuracies.

Reporter Janet Reitman Peers ‘Inside Scientology’ : NPR

It is neither scholarly nor well-researched and bears no resemblance to an “inside” story. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

It gives a detailed account of the lives of founder L. Ron Hubbard and the man who succeeded him, David Miscavige. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.

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