Books About Scientology


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online only1953 Dianetic Therapy: An Experimental Evaluation | Harvey Jay Fischer Online Only HTML

A (successful) PhD thesis submitted to the School of Education University of New York University, this text is probably the only independent scientific study that has been able to properly examine the claims of Dianetics

When Dianetics was replaced by (and then subsumed in to) Scientology the organisation no longer allowed objective data-gathering. The aims are relatively narrow, and much of the discussion technical – but this remains an interesting historical document.


Dianteics in limbo1966 Dianetics in Limbo |Helen O’Brien Full Text Online TXT

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sos-cv11971 The Scandal of Scientology | Paulette Cooper Full Text Online HTML | PDF

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The extraordinary story of the dirty tricks used by the Church of Scientology to not only  suppress this book, but also to silence and persecute its author is a study in itself. Cooper describes these events here.

 


NowReligion1971 Scientology: The Now Religion | George Malko Full Text Online HTML

Possibly the first full length objective analysis of the early Church of Scientology.

The book includes an account of the life of its founder L. Ron Hubbard that dates from a time before the Churches accounts of his early life and war service were properly researched – and debunked. For a more accurate account than Malko had access to, please consult Bare-faced Messiah by Russell Miller

Interviews of officials and ordinary members are included, which are likely to be more candid, as they were made in the less repressive early period.


mb-cover1971  The Mind Benders | Cyril Vosper  Full Text Online HTML | PDF

This is the first book written about Scientology from the point of view of a once- committed member.

Vosper joined the organisation in 1954, at the age of 19 and worked as a senior member of Hubbard’s English staff (principally at Saint Hill Manor) for 14 years until he was expelled in 1968.

During this period, Hubbard developed and applied his new theories regarding ‘ethics’. This new regime required members to submit to probing interrogation and harsh disciple. Vosper’s career in Scientology describes his experience as Scientology was transformed  from a loosely organised fringe movement to a controlling bureaucracy.


150px-Inside_Scientology1972 Inside Scientology | Robert Kaufman Full Text Online HTML

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Believe_What_You_Like1973 Believe What You Like | CH Rolph HTML | Download as .pdf

Since its birth, Scientology has been engaged in a war against psychiatry. This included an attempt  (in the 1970’s) to take over the British National Association of Mental Health.

The plan was for Scientologists to apply for voting membership en masse in order to take control of the association.

This book opens with a brief description of Scientology (as it stood in the 1970s) and continues to describe the attempted takeover. It includes extensive references to the associated court cases and verdicts.


the road to total freedom1976 The Road to Total Freedom | Roy Wallis Full Test online TXT

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Satans Power1978 Satan’s Power: A Deviant Psychotherapy Cult | William Sims Bainbridge

William Sims Bainbridge is a respected scholar of the sociology of religion. this books is an account of his long-term study of the ‘Process  Church of the Final Judgement’ – an offshoot of Scientology.

The author spent six months as a participant observer of Scientology, and several years as a member of the Process Church. This is an in-depth sociological  study not only of Scientology, but also of one of the earliest ‘squirrel’ groups (the Scientology term for breakaway organisations).

 


CommodoreColonels1980 The Commodore and the Colonels | John Forte Full Text Online  HTML

A short, but detailed, account of L Ron Hubbard’s visit to the island of Corfu, aboard the “Apollo”, in 1968.

Written by a British diplomat who was on the scene, it describes how Hubbard’s goal to establish a “University of Scientology” (and, probably, a Scientology ‘homeland’) there was frustrated by the ruling military Junta, who became suspicious of Hubbard’s attempts to ingratiate himself there, and expelled Scientology from the island.

 


Religion Inc1986 Religion Inc: The Church of Scientology | Stuart Lamont Full Text Online HTML

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Bare_Faced_Messiah_UK_paperback_cover1987 Bare-Faced Messiah | Russell Miller Full Text Online HTML | PDF
Additional Material The Bare-Faced Messiah Interviews (Online)

If there was a University course in the history of Scientology, this comprehensive book would be required reading.

Written by  British investigative journalist Russell Miller, it describes the true events of Hubbard’s entire life, and the history of his creations – Dianetics and Scientology.

Using official documents and Hubbard’s collected personal papers (which were supplied to the author, at great personal cost, by Scientology defector Jerry Armstrong) this indispensable book is meticulously referenced and indexed.


RenunciationReformulation1987 Renunciation and Reformulation | Harriet Whitehead

This is a specialised academic text that discusses the process of personal conversion to belief in Scientology from an anthropological perspective. It is dense reading, and not made any easier by the record-breaking length of the author’s sentences.

In short, this book is not recommended for the general reader – however, for those who are prepared to make the effort, it is a valuable contribution to the discussion.

The author researched the book in the early, less repressive, days of Scientology and it benefits from discussions with several practising Scientologists and her own experience of Scientology courses.


Messiah or Madman1987 L Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman | Bent Corydon and L Ron Hubbard Jr (AKA Ronald DeWolf) Full Text Online TXT

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online only1989  My Nine Lives in Scientology | Monica Pignotti
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a piece of blue sky1990 A Piece of Blue Sky (First Edition) | John Atack Full Text Online PDF

John Atack was a ‘public’ Scientologist for nine years. He trained as a ‘auditor’ and completed the secret ‘OT’ levels.

He left the Church after learning of ‘Operation Snow White’, a Scientology project, planned by Hubbard to infiltrate and ‘sanitise’ public records. After he left, he found a new vocation as a talented scholar of Scientology.

The first edition of this book is one of the most complete and meticulously researched texts available. However, due to legal considerations required some information had to be excluded. The new second edition (2013), listed below, is revised unexpurgated and unabridged. To distinguish it from the first edition, it has been re-titled “Lets Sell These People a Piece of Blue Sky“, and readers considering acquiring this book should buy the second edition.


online only1991 Lonesome Squirrel | Steven Fishman Read online HTML

In July 1998 Fishman was charged with a million dollar financial fraud. As he had spent approximately 30% of his ill-gotten gains on Scientology, and the FBI investigated the possibility that the Church of Scientology had been involved in his scheme. Only Fishman was convicted and imprisoned.

Fishman was later also charged with obstruction of justice – during his trial, in apparent collusion with the Church of Scientology, he submitted forged documents and made false statements to conceal their involvement with the fraud. Scientology subsequently sued Fishman for libel over these claims. He responded by including a number of documents to the court (and the public record) including versions of Scientology’s secret teachings, previously only known to elite Scientologists.

Fishman is, perhaps, not an entirely reliable source – but the story of how the ‘Operating Thetan’ levels first  became public is an essential read.


online only1992 The Total Freedom Trap | John Atack Read Online HTML

This file contains the text of a  brief booklet that was published by Atack some two years after the first edition of “A Piece of Blue Sky” (above)  in 1990. The paper booklet is extremely difficult to obtain, and may be classed as a collectors item. Consequently, this item is listed as ‘online only’. Among other things, it sets out:

  • The truth of Hubbard’s life, including his War Service Record)
  • The early history of Dianetics and Scientology
  • Atack’s views about Scientology’s use of ‘mind control’,  social control and organised ‘dirty tricks’
  • Scientology front groups (notably Narconon, a controversial ‘drug rehabilitation’ organisation recently accused of fraud and raided by US authorities
  • Advice to families about relating to Scientologists

chronological view1995 Chronological View of L Ron Hubbard and Scientology | Kaj Moos

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testimony1996 | Testimony: The Autobiography of Margery Wakefield | Margery Wakefield

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In 1991 Wakefield released a closely similar work  called The Road to Xenu. The introduction to this first book made clear that “Margery” was a fictionalized character whose story combined the author’s own experiences with those of other Scientologists.

In other words, like a television ‘docu-drama’, the people in this book were ‘composite characters’ – consequently, it was easier for the author to tell her inside story of Scientology and more difficult for the Church to identify individuals for retaliation.

The Road to Xenu was first released in printed form at the 1991 Cult Awareness Network conference in Oklahoma City (before CAN was taken over by the Church of Scientology). Two years later, it was published online and placed in public domain.

Five years after that, Wakefield released “Testimony” which is billed as “[…] her factual biography” . In this she describes her own direct experience in Scientology. The “Road to Xenu” was a pioneering work in many ways – it was a good read that was released online without copyright protection. “Testimony” reproduces much of this material, but provides more specific detail.


online only1996 An Essay on Scientology: Overview of the Cult’s Ideology | David John Carter
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This is an account by a disaffected Scientologist of what he actually believed when he was a member. It straightforwardly presents his interpretation of the concepts that made up Scientology when he was a believer, and offers an insight into the beliefs of those who are still committed to the Church of Scientology.

It is not an apologist text. The author compares auditing to a drug which make you temporarily happy, but quickly wears off and states that is much happier now that he has put Scientology behind him. He has rejected Scientology.

The last two chapters attempt to explain:

  1. What initially attracted himself (and others) to Scientology
  2. The reasons that Scientologists become disaffected

online only1996 The OJ Roos Story | Otto Roos Full Text Online HTML

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online only1999 The Cheryl S Story | ‘Cheryl S’ Full Text Online HTMLPDF

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ron the war hero1999 Ron the War Hero| Chris Owen Read Online HTML

The war record of L Ron Hubbard has always been a source of controversy. The story of Hubbard’s war service that is circulated by the Church of Scientology resembles a medieval account of the the life of a saint, rather than the exploits of a real person.

This account was demolished by Russell Miller in Bare-faced Messiah, and Owen elaborates on the theme. Particularly interesting is the section where Owen examines the Church of Scientology counter-claim – that parts of Hubbard’s record do not make sense because they were a cover story for intelligence activities.


online only2000 Scientology With(out) an End | Tom Volz Read Online HTML | HTML

This book is the account of a disaffected German Scientologist made available online in an English translation.

The author was involved with Scientology, and and off, for 20 years. He worked in the “Frankfurt College for Applied Philosophy” in the early 70’s and was assistant to the Office for Special Affairs in Zurich.

He left after becoming disillusioned with the operation of the Scientology front group WISE International, which promotes Scientology in the business community.


alis smile2000 Naked Scientology Ali’s Smile |William S Burroughs220px-AlisSmile

ISBN-10: 3880300119
ISBN-13: 978-3880300118

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William Burroughs was introduced to Scientology by Brion Gysin, a painter, writer and performance artist. Gysin invented the ‘cut-up’ technique used extensively by Burroughs (in which extracts from existing texts are conbined with the writer’s original contributions, to form a sort of literary collage).

Through the 60′s Burroughs developed an interest in Scientology. He saw in its ideas a means to resist the controlling influence of a corrupt society upon the individual. This can be seen in his novels “The Ticket That Exploded” (1962) and “Nova Express” (1964) where Scientology is one of the tools that the protagonist uses to retain their freedom. In 1967, Burroughs took several Scientology courses.

It is ironic then, that Burroughs left Scientology in 1971, after becoming disillusioned with the Churches authoritarian nature and persecution of dissenters. He was later formally assigned a condition of “Treason” and expelled.


The_Complex_by_John_Duignan2008 The Complex | John Duigan with Nicola Tallent

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xenu2 2009 The Road to Xenu: Life Inside Scientology | Margery Wakefield Full Text Online HTML |PDF

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My_Billion_Year_Contract2009 My Billion Year Contract | Nancy Many

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Blown-for-Good2009 Blown For Good | Marc Headley

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the psychiatrist who cured the scientologist2009 The Psychiatrist Who Cured the Scientologist | Aaron David Gottfried

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couterfeit dreams2010 Counterfeit Dreams | Jefferson Hawkins
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Scientology_-_Abuse_at_the_Top2010 Scientology: Abuse at the Top | Amy Scobee

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Urban2011 The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion | Hugh B Urban

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InsideScientologyCover2011 Inside Scientology|Janet Reitman

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damaged lives2012 Damaged Lives: The Legacy of Scientology | Margery Wakefield

This book consists of accounts of the experience of a number of ex-Scientologists, written in the first person by Wakefield.

Although they experienced a variety of different routes through the organisation, in a variety of roles and front groups, this account brings out the common features in the Scientology (and the wider cult) experience.

The book is supplied by publishing-on-demand company, Lulu.


Catton-Have-You-Told-All-Narconon-2013-Cover2013 Have You Told All? | Lucas A Catton

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going clear2013 Going Clear | Lawrence Wright

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beyond_belief2013 Beyond Belief | Jenna Miscavige Hill with Liza Purlitzer

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the church of fear2013 The Church of Fear | John Sweeney

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blue sky2013 Lets Sell These People a Piece of Blue Sky | John Atack

John Atack was a ‘public’ Scientologist for nine years. He trained as a ‘auditor’ and completed the secret ‘OT’ levels. He left the Church after learning of ‘Operation Snow White’, a Scientology project, planned by Hubbard to infiltrate and ‘sanitise’ public records.

After he left, he found a new vocation as a talented scholar of Scientology. The first (1990) edition of this book (entitled “A Piece of Blue Sky“) is one of the most complete and meticulously researched texts available. However, legal considerations required the exclusion of some information.

The  second edition (2013), illustrated here, is revised unexpurgated and unabridged. To distinguish it from the first edition, it has been re-titled “Lets Sell These People a Piece of Blue Sky”. Readers considering acquiring this book should buy this improved second edition.


david-s-wills.scientology-william-s-burroughs-and-the-weird-cult2013 Scientologist! William S Burroughs and the ‘Weird Cult’ | David S Wills
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Books About Scientology | Books with Sections About Dianetics / Scientology | Psychology and Social Science

Miscellaneous Books | Apologist Books | Brainwashing? Pros and Cons


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