Suggestions for Further Reading

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
In this tell-all memoir, complete with family photographs from her time in the Church, Jenna Miscavige Hill, a prominent critic of Scientology who now helps others leave the organization, offers an insider’s profile of the beliefs, rituals, and secrets of the religion that has captured the fascination of millions, including some of Hollywood’s brightest stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
Bare Faced Messiah
An in-depth and very candid look at the true story of L. Ron Hubbard’s life and legacy. Russell Miller is one of the first writers to explore Hubbard’s career and upbringing. Well documented, well-researched, and well, awesome.
A Piece of Blue Sky
Amazon review: “”A Piece of Blue Sky” is one of those Books Scientology Doesn’t Want You to Read. As they did with “Bare-Faced Messiah,” Russell Miller’s excellent biography of founder L. Ron Hubbard, the Church has attempted to stop publication of this book. They will tell you it is libelous. It is not – it has been challenged in the courts and vindicated.”
Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion
Janet Reitman offers the first full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology, in an evenhanded account that at last establishes the astonishing truth about the controversial religion. She traces Scientology’s development from the birth of Dianetics to today, following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific self-help group to a worldwide spiritual corporation with profound control over its followers and even ex-followers.
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
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.
Blown For Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
Nominated by Foreword Magazine as 2009 Book of the Year award finalist. Marc Headley provides a rare, never before seen insider’s look at life inside Scientology. He spent 15 years at their secret headquarters – a 500 acre property located deep in the California desert. The local townspeople were told lectures and films were made there. But is that all that was happening?
Counterfeit Dreams: One Man’s Journey Into and Out of the World of Scientology
In Counterfeit Dreams, Hawkins traces his Scientology experience from his first eager fascination with the subject in the late 1960’s to his departure, three decades later, discarded, vilified and shunned as a “Suppressive Person.”
Scientology: Abuse At the Top
A former top insider reveals the nightmare world of violence and abuse at the highest levels of the Church of Scientology.
The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology
Sweeney tells the full story of his experiences for the first time and paints a devastating picture of this strange organisation, from former Scientologists who tell heartbreaking stories of families torn apart and lives ruined to its current followers who say it is the solution to many of mankind’s problems. This is the real story of the Church by the reporter who was brave enough to take it on.
Scientology: More Than A cult?
“Due to his extensive knowledge of Hubbard’s work and writings, and great clarity of presentation, the author – a Church of Scientology drop-out, writing under the pseudonym of L. Kin – succeeds in unmasking the internal affairs as well as the strategic intentions of the sect. Reading the first part provides the kind of thrill one would get from a secret service dossier.”
Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography
The juicy gossip book that started it all over again. Sing along with Andrew Morton as he explores the joys of celebrities, Scientology, and yes, frozen sperm.

Media & Articles

  • TIME Magazine – Time’s infamous 1991 article “Scientology, The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power”
  • St Pete Times – Inside Scientology: A Times investigation beginning June 21, 2009
  • Skeptics Society – Scientology vs. The Internet. Info on suppression of free speech online.
  • The New Yorker – The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology
  • Vanity Fair – Scientology, Tom Cruise, and Katie Holmes: What Katie Didn’t Know