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Also by Lawrence Wright:

Going Clear, January 2013
Hardcover
The Looming Tower, August 2006
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Twins, February 1999
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Going Clear
Lawrence Wright

Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Knopf
January 2013
On Sale: January 17, 2013
448 pages
ISBN: 0307700666
EAN: 9780307700667
Kindle: B00A9ET54E
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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.

Media Buzz

All Things Considered - March 26, 2015
CBS This Morning - March 4, 2015
Last Call with Carson Daly - August 19, 2013
Studio 360 - February 9, 2013
Colbert Report - February 6, 2013
Morning Edition - February 6, 2013
On The Media - January 26, 2013
Fresh Air - NPR - January 24, 2013
Today - January 19, 2013
Access Hollywood - January 17, 2013
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