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

By Janet Reitman

“A masterful piece of reporting . . . Reitman tells a spellbinding tale of a larger-than-life character whose quirks, ticks and aura formed America’s most modern homegrown spiritual movement.” — Washington Post

Scientology is understood for its famous person believers and its staff of “volunteer ministers” at catastrophe websites similar to the realm exchange heart; its particularly competitive reaction to feedback or its assaults on psychiatry; its requirement that believers pay up to millions of bucks to arrive the top degrees of salvation. yet for all its notoriety, Scientology has remained America’s least understood new faith, at the same time it's been one in every of its such a lot successful.

Now Janet Reitman tells its riveting complete tale within the first aim sleek background of Scientology, ultimately revealing the impressive fact approximately lifestyles in the debatable faith for its participants and ex-members. in line with 5 years of analysis, personal records, and large interviews with present and previous Scientologists, this can be an completely compelling paintings of nonfiction and the defining paintings on an elusive faith.

“A meticulously researched background and revealing exposé, a daunting portrait of a faith that many locate not only arguable, yet dangerous.” — Boston Globe

“This booklet is fearless.” — Wall road magazine

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After an uncomfortable trip, he arrived and made his manner towards the docks. There he observed it: a glowing white send. "Welcome aboard! " David Ziff, Jeff's outdated boss at Pubs, shouted from the gangplank. Jeff hadn't visible Ziff in 3 years. again then he'd appeared like a rumpled university professor. Now he used to be a spit-polished, stand-at-attention officer of the ocean Org, wearing crisp army whites. "Welcome to Flag! " he acknowledged, relating the send, a three-story, 3,278-ton behemoth that, in a former existence, had served as an Irish livestock ferry after which as a troop delivery in the course of global conflict II. Now it housed places of work, eating amenities, cabins, and a Telex room. on the most sensible have been huge white stacks, each one engraved with the letters LRH in intricate gold script. Jeff Hawkins could have hated Sea Org Warrant Officer Doreen Casey, yet he had overwhelming recognize for the ocean association as an entire. They have been the "aristocracy of Scientology," as Hubbard defined them, who'd signed contracts for one thousand million years of carrier, pledging their lives—current and future—to the reason. Their motto, "We Come Back," signified everlasting vigilance. initially referred to as the ocean venture, the crowd was once staffed with volunteers; so much have been recruited at Saint Hill. certainly one of them, Neville Chamberlin, was once a tender British Scientologist who'd grown up round Hubbard—his mom were certainly one of earliest consumers at Scientology's London Org, the place Hubbard spent loads of time. Chamberlin had all started operating at Saint Hill almost immediately after completing highschool, within the mid-1960s. in the future in November 1966, a discover seemed at the Saint Hill bulletin board, inquiring for volunteers with naval or seagoing event. in the hour, the awareness used to be taken down, and people who had obvious it, together with Chamberlin, have been sworn to secrecy. "We started to discover sure employees participants disappearing from their posts," recalled Chamberlin. "It used to be all very hush-hush. " ultimately, in April 1967, Chamberlin used to be recruited to affix this "confidential venture. " He used to be advised he'd want a legitimate passport and will pack a suitcase. quickly after, he and nineteen different Scientologists left Saint Hill for the northern seaport of Hull, the place they set sail aboard a 414-foot trawler, the Avon River, for Las Palmas within the Canary Islands. different ships, the Royal Scotsman and the Enchanter, could persist with. regardless of the decision for volunteers with adventure at sea, few within the Sea undertaking knew a lot approximately ships, which could clarify why Hubbard employed expert seamen to sail the boat from England to the Canary Islands. The Avon River had a very hard journey—its skipper, Captain John Jones, might later remember the journey because the strangest day trip of his existence. the only navigational consultant allowed on board used to be a crusing guide written through Hubbard, known as the "Org Book," which banned using complex navigational expertise like radar and insisted the ships plot their direction utilizing radio frequencies. "My team have been 16 males and 4 ladies Scientologists who would not recognize a trawler from a tramcar.

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