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Amy Scobee
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A former top insider reveals the nightmare world of violence and abuse at the highest levels of the Church of Scientology. One review states: "At home alone, a 14 year old girl takes a phone call from Scientology. This starts a quarter of a century journey of manipulation, betrayal and sexual, physical and mental abuse. This journey leads to the highest management echelon and one woman's courage to break free. A real page-turner." Mark P. Another writes: "Amy Scobee has written a book unlike any other expose of Scientology. She actually was at the top of International Management for 20 years, and oversaw the recruitment of Hollywood stars into the Church of Scientology. She witnessed the abuse of top managers by their senior, David Miscavige. She writes convincingly of the human rights violations she endured while on the Rehabilitation Project Force, a thinly disguised slave labor camp. Her book is enjoyable to insiders and laymen alike, with a glossary of terms provided, and plentiful footnotes. This is an important contribution to understanding the controversy surrounding the Church of Scientology. The glaring spotlight eventually points to Abuse at the Top." Michael H.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3119 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Scobee Publishing (29 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book after seeing the author on BBC Panorama (September 2010) and in the Florida, St Petersburg Times.

Scobee joined the organization at age 14, and worked at Scientology's international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005. She served as a Scientology executive in multiple high-ranking positions, working out of the international headquarters of Scientology known as "Gold Base", located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California.

The author reveals difficult emotional experiences in her book, including an incident where she was raped at age 14 by a Scientology supervisor and subsequently instructed by a "Scientology Ethics Officer" that she was in a "state of treason" and to keep the matter quiet and not report it to the police!! Scobee describes difficult experiences she endured as part of her punishment served in Scientology's RPF, including being sent to the RPF at age 16, and subsequently being slapped across the face for refusing to climb into a garbage can and clean it out.

There is no gossip ("dirt") on specific celebrities, though Scobee did interact with well known actors (Cruise & Travolta) a lot, because of her job.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A story that needs to be told 15 Jun 2012
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Scientology: Abuse at the Top is an account of life behind the public façade of Scientology, as told by a former member of the `religion's upper echelons, the notorious Sea Org.

Having previously read a lot of online material on Scientology, I wasn't expecting any major revelations from Scobee's book, but despite being prepared for some of the absurdities of this `religion', this particular story still managed to shock me. Amy Scobee seems an intelligent, articulate woman; and yet she was so brainwashed by Scientology that she put up with unimaginable ordeals; the separation from her family, the collapse of both her marriages caused by prolonged separation, and the slave labour camps. Scientology's RPF - Rehabilitation Project Force - is indeed, just another word for `slave labour camp'. It is astonishing to think that the United States Government allows slave labour to take place on its own soil, while readily condemning it in a foreign country. A woman mentioned in the book was `locked' in the RPF programme for 6 years: 6 years of slavery. Whilst reading this story, is sometimes difficult to sympathise with the victims because they could have walked out; but of course, the way cults operate is by isolating people from their families and from society in general. With no qualifications and not even a bank account, it would be overwhelming for most of us, let alone for someone who has known little else of the world since age 16.

Aside from shock values, this is not a book that you will read for its prose. Scobee's writing leaves a lot to be desired, and a lack of structure, as well as an overuse of Scientology jargon and acronyms make for a difficult reading at times.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Abuse of readers 4 Jun 2014
By Zero
Format:Kindle Edition
I think this book could have been good but I thought the writing was terrible! I'm no writer, myself, but I do know that I don't like reading the same sentence over and over again to try and make sense of it. Also, all the abbreviations really threw me for a loop. Just couldn't do it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing story 28 Dec 2011
By David
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This is one of those books you start reading and then cannot put down. I think I read it in 2 or 3 sittings.

Amy Scobee worked for 20 years in senior management positions in Scientology's International Management group, part of their elite "Sea-Org".

Scobee tells her story in strict time order, from initially getting involved with Scientology, and then signing her Billion Year staff contract while still a teenager. Scobee ends up giving the best years of her life to an organization which rewards her efforts with the most horrific abuse of her human rights.

Many have wondered why people stay in these abusive situations, and on many occasions throughout the book she has opportunities to leave, however like many abusive relationships she comes back for more. I found myself thinking "come on!, just walk out the door!" over and over again. Just when you think the horrors can't get any worse, that she must have reached her breaking-point, but no, she continually blames herself for the abuse she is receiving.

One of the truly amazing revelations of this book is the time people are willing to spend in the Scientology "Rehabilitation Project Force" - which to anyone reading the book is obviously a thought-reform prison camp a la Josef Stalin. However, this is not 1950s Communist Russia, this is modern-day America. In one of her stints in the RPF, Scobee meets a woman who has been there for 12 years, for the horrendous crime of not having her Scientology course room up to scratch. There are presumably still many hundreds still in the RPF even today.

Scobee does give some explanations for why she stays for so long, putting up with humiliation and physical duress beyond belief.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No other description but cult fits 9 Aug 2013
By eanrut
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The first obscenity is allowing this organisation to refer to itself as a church. OED definition : .a building used for public Christian worship' American dictionary definition : a building used for public Christian worship. The entire edifice reeks of abuse of financial muscle and Mafia like control of power.
The IRS individuals who granted it churn charitable status need to be intensively investigated and charitable status needs to be rescinded. This is a very creepy, abusive, abusive cult that needs exposed and annihilated.
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