This book was incredibly disturbing, but oh-so good. In an organization that prides itself on secrecy, this book offers a much needed perspective from someone within the ranks of the Scientology organization. For the weak of heart, some chapters would be difficult to read, but it really is a worthwhile book to complete. Reading about small children being severely punished at the command of L. Ron Hubbard was certainly the most heart-wrenching part of the book, though there are many chapters that will evoke tears from some. This book differs from recent books about Scientology because the author was one of the core members of the organization from the early days, and he interviews many other members who were Scientologists for 20+ years. These people knew L. Ron Hubbard and are able to offer a rich description of his character, and for such a secretive person, this information is very rare. Corydon even managed to interview L. Ron Hubbard Jr. in a portion of the book, which was very interesting.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Scientology. This book gives such a great insider's perspective to the very pronounced dichotomy between lay Scientologists and the secretive upper ranks.
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