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Going Clear

(2013)
A non fiction book by

 
 
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.



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Hardback Editions

January 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Author(s): Lawrence Wright
ISBN: 0-307-70066-6 / 978-0-307-70066-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

March 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the prison of belief
Author(s): Lawrence Wright
ISBN: 1-909269-40-9 / 978-1-909269-40-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Silvertail Books
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November 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Author(s): Lawrence Wright
ISBN: 0-307-74530-9 / 978-0-307-74530-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

January 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief
Author(s): Lawrence Wright
ISBN: 0-385-39306-7 / 978-0-385-39306-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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January 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Author(s): Lawrence Wright
ISBN: 0-385-39304-0 / 978-0-385-39304-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief
Author(s): Lawrence Wright
Publisher: Silvertail Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Author(s): Lawrence Wright
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon