L Ron Hubbard, David Miscavige and the Curse of the Guru

LRH young_oldIn the last few posts, we have examined  Hubbard’s project in the 1980’s to establish his literary reputation with two new works of fiction – a long novel, titled “Battlefield Earth” and a 1.2 million word series (eventually published by the Church of Scientology in no less than  ten volumes) called “Mission Earth”.

Hubbard not only wrote these books, but tried to promote them (and revive his career as a fiction writer)  by arranging for previously unpublished short stories  and interviews to appear in books, newspapers and magazines.

I thought it would be would interesting to compare Hubbard’s approach to promoting this project with the way he handled the publication and promotion of “Dianetics” thirty years previously.

When you do so, it becomes clear that the L Ron Hubbard of the 1980’s was a pale, ineffective shadow of his younger self.

What’s more, it seems that the people who had been tasked with managing the Scientology empire on his behalf were taking advantage of Hubbard’s failing health and literary obsession to distract him while they positioned themselves to seize power after his death. Continue reading

Bare-Faced Messiah

Bare_Faced_Messiah_UK_paperback_coverTitle: Bare -Faced Messiah: The True Story of L Ron Hubbard

Author: Russell Miller


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Additional Material: The Bare-Faced Messiah Interviews (Online)


Description:  If there was a University course in the history of Scientology, this book would be required reading. Written by  British investigative journalist Russell Miller, it describes the life of Lafayette Ronald Hubbard in detail. A painstakingly professional work, it includes extensive references and a detailed index.


“Bare-faced Messiah” has been out-of-print for some time, and second-hand copies can be expensive and difficult to obtain. However, Silvertail Books are planning to release a new edition (containing some new material) in February 2014. The ISBN of this third edition is 9781909269149

Incredibly, since the publication of the of the original book was suppressed in the America by Church of Scientology legal action, this new edition will be the first time that this book has been widely available in the US.

There is a review of the book, including excerpts from an interview with the author by investigative journalist and Scientology expert Tony Ortega.

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The Commodore and the Colonels

CommodoreColonelsTitle: The Commodore and the Colonels

Author: John Forte

ISBN: 9781848970045 (paperback)

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Description: John Knox Forte (pronounced “Fort”) was British Vice-Consul Corfu in 1968, when the founder of Scientology (L Ron Hubbard) visited the island aboard the “Apollo” – the flagship of a small Scientology navy.

Although Hubbard’s stated aim was to establish a “University of Scientology” on the Greek island, he seems to have had the more ambitious objective of establishing a ‘Scientology homeland’ there. Continue reading