The (Nearly) Ultimate Scientology Booklist

booklistI started this site because I noticed that, although there were a number of online lists of books about Scientology, many of them out-of-date &/or not maintained.

I began with my own bookshelf, publishing a brief review of each book there as a blog post, and also adding a short version to a categorised list (see the drop-down menu ‘Books’ above). Then I started to look for books I didn’t own…

Since then, I have posted reviews of almost all of the books I can find that are relevant to Scientology (and branched out into other media). I have only two or three books left to add that I know of.

There must be more… so I have included every book that I have mentioned on this site in the simple list below (after the ‘Continue Reading’ link).

The  links in the book titles lead to the original blog post which gives more details (some of the earlier posts are incomplete – please bear with me while I catch up, and fill them in). I will keep this list up-to-date.

So, if you know of any books I have missed (or have any suggestions for any other media that I could include here) please tell me, by adding a comment below, or through the feedback page.


Accounts by Ex-Scientologists of their Experiences

2013 Beyond Belief | Jenna Miscavige Hill with Liza Purlitzer

2013 Have You Told All? | Lucas A Catton

2012 Damaged Lives: The Legacy of Scientology | Margery Wakefield

2010 Scientology: Abuse at the Top | Amy Scobee

2010 Counterfeit Dreams | Jefferson Hawkins
Read Online: Book is a revised and expanded version of this series of blog entries HTML

2009 The Psychiatrist Who Cured the Scientologist | Aaron David Gottfried

2009 Blown For Good | Marc Headley

2009 My Billion Year Contract | Nancy Many

2009 The Road to Xenu: Life Inside Scientology | Margery Wakefield Full Text Online HTML |PDF

2008 The Complex | John Duigan with Nicola Tallent

2000  Naked Scientology Ali’s Smile |William S Burroughs | View online (.pdf) | Download (.pdf)

2000 Scientology With(out) an End | Tom Volz Read Online HTML | HTML

1999 The Cheryl S Story | ‘Cheryl S’ Full Text Online HTMLPDF

1996 The OJ Roos Story | Otto Roos Full Text Online HTML

1991 Lonesome Squirrel | Steven Fishman Read online HTML

1989  My Nine Lives in Scientology | Monica Pignotti Full Text Online HTML English and French Versions

1972 Inside Scientology | Robert Kaufman Full Text Online HTML

1971  The Mind Benders | Cyril Vosper  Full Text Online HTML | PDF

1966 Dianetics in Limbo |Helen O’Brien | Full Text Online TXT

2016 Ruthless: My Son David Miscavige and Me (UK Edition) | Ron Miscavige with Dan Koon


 Books About Scientology by Ex-Scientologists

2013 Lets Sell These People a Piece of Blue Sky | John Atack
(1990  A Piece of Blue Sky (Original Edition) | John Atack Full Text Online PDF)

1996 An Essay on Scientology: Overview of the Cult’s Ideology | David John Carter | Full Text Online HTML

1995 Chronological View of L Ron Hubbard and Scientology | Kaj Moos

1992 The Total Freedom Trap | John Atack Read Online HTML

1987 L Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman | Bent Corydon and L Ron Hubbard Jr (AKA Ronald DeWolf) Full Text Online TXT

1951 Dianetics: A Doctors Report (AKA: A doctors Report on Dianetics) | J A Winter MD


Books About Scientology by Journalists

2013 Going Clear | Lawrence Wright

2013 The Church of Fear | John Sweeney

2013  God Bless America: Strange & Unusual Religious Beliefs & Practices in the United States | Karen Stollznow

2011 Inside Scientology|Janet Reitman

1987 Bare-Faced Messiah | Russell Miller Full Text Online HTML | PDF

1986 Religion Inc: The Church of Scientology | Stuart Lamont Full Text Online HTML

1971 The Scandal of Scientology | Paulette Cooper Full Text Online HTML | PDF

1971 Scientology: The Now Religion | George Malko Full Text Online HTML


Academic Books

2013 Scientologist! William S Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’ | David S Wills

2011 The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion | Hugh B Urban

2001 From Slogans to Mantras – Social Protest and Religious Conversion in the Late Vietnam Era | Stephen A Kent

1987 Renunciation and Reformulation | Harriet Whitehead

1978 Satan’s Power: A Deviant Psychotherapy Cult | William Sims Bainbridge

1976 The Road to Total Freedom | Roy Wallis Full Test online TXT

1973 Believe What You Like | CH Rolph


 Miscellaneous Books

2012 Leaving Scientology: A Practical Guide to Escape and Recovery | Jefferson Hawkins

2010 A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant | Kyle Jarrow

1999 Ron the War Hero| Chris Owen Read Online HTML

1980 The Commodore and the Colonels | John Forte Full Text Online  HTML


Books With Sections  About Dianetics/Scientology

2011  Wormwood Star: The Magickal Life of Marjorie Cameron | Spencer Kansa

2009 Stripping the Gurus | Geoffrey D Falk

2005 The Joy of Sects | Sam Jordison

2005  Strange Angel | George Pendle

1999  Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons | John Carter and Robert Anton Wilson |Download as .pdf

1997  Remote Viewers: the Secret History of America’s Psychic Spies | Jim Schnabel

1997 net.wars | Wendy M Grossman

1994 Countercultures: A Sociological Analysis | William W Zellner

1993 Outrageous Betrayal: The Dark Journey of Werner Erhard from est to Exile |  Steven Pressman

1987  The Future of New Religious Movements | (Chapter 5)  Science and Religion: The Case of Scientology
William Sims Bainbridge | Full Text Online HTML

1985 The Future of Religion | Rodney Stark and William Sims Bainbridge
View Chapter
“Scientology: to be Perfectly Clear” online
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“Scientology: to be Perfectly Clear” as .pdf

1984 Wonder’s Child: My Life in Science Fiction | Jack Williamson

1983 | Psychology’s Occult Doubles: Psychology and the Problem of Pseudoscience | Thomas Hardy Leahey and Grace Evans Leahey

1973 Cults of Unreason | Dr Christopher Evans Full Text Online HTML

1952 Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science | Martin Gardner


 Fiction Which Refers to / Satirises  Scientology

2010 The Symphony of Leif | Paul Y Csige

1992 Heads | Greg Bear

2016 Blown| Lauren Halsted Burroughs | 2016 | ISBN 978–0-692-68160-2 | Read Online

1985 The Mind Game | Norman Spinrad

1982 Friday | Robert A Heinlein

1971 Assignment in Eternity | Robert A Heinlein

1976 Inferno Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle


 Apologist Books

2009  Scientology | Edited by James R Lewis

1985 The Sad Tale of Scientology | Eric Townsend


Brainwashing and Deprogramming

1998 Comprehending Cults: The Sociology of New Religious Movements | Lorne L Dawson

1981 Strange Gods | David G Bromley and Anson D Shupe Jr

1980 The New Vigilantes | Anson D Shupe Jr and David G Bromley

1955 Brainwashing | Purportedly by  Lavrentiy Beria Ascribed to L Ron Hubbard
Full Text Online HTML

1961 Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism | Robert Jay Lifton


 Books Referenced in my Series of Posts “Understanding the Scientology Mindset

2007 The Lucifer Effect | Philip Zimbardo

2007  Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) | Carol Travis and Elliot Aronson

2004 Bounded Choice | Janja Lalich

1974 Obedience to Authority | Stanley Milgram Full Text Online PDF | Download PDF

1985  Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character | Richard P Feynman as told to Ralph Leighton

1956 When Prophesy Fails | Leon Festinger, Henry W Riecken, Stanley Schachter


 Scientology Propaganda

1980 | Playing Dirty: The Secret War Against Beliefs | Omar V Garrison | Read Online | Download as .html

1974 | The Hidden Story of Scientology |Omar V Garrison | Read Online | Download as .html


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