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Bare-Faced Messiah - The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard Hardcover – 18 Mar 2014
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'A brilliant expose of Scientology's conman king' --John Sweeney, author of THE CHURCH OF FEAR
'Russell Miller did the groundbreaking work on Hubbard and the Church of Scientology that every future biographer relies upon' --Lawrence Wright, author of GOING CLEAR
'Bare-Faced Messiah is not only the most comprehensive book ever written about L. Ron Hubbard, it's also the most readable. This story about a brilliant but deeply flawed man who was determined to smash his name into history unfolds like an epic and ultimately tragic film' --Tony Ortega
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So what's the difference between a 'church' and a 'cult'? Other websites explain the difference better than I can, but I guess that time is the great difference. The Church of Scientology - borne from the science fiction works of its founder's endlessly feverish mind - contnues, although I suspect that after the death of LRH, the farcical circumstances of which Miller details with relish, Scientology may not survive another generation, headline Scientogists such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta (not the sharpest knives in the Hollywood hamper) notwithstanding.
Slightly Fleet Street tabloid in tone, Miller's book is highly recommended for its research, readability and for conveying in its tone the rollicking life of its subject. I was left pondering at the end: Would I have liked to have met LRH? I think I would, since he does come across as a charming, entertaining liar. Certainly the righteousness of his claims would amuse me (although my scepticism would have annoyed him and put me on the scientogist's hit list) I certainly would have been well-wary of signing anything relating to my sanity, finances or anything else over to him, or them. So Tom Cruise, you're not welcome to leap over my sofa.
I loved it. I laughed and I despaired!
A fascinating read.
Astonishing how some people have given their lives to this fraud (ie LRB).
Well written and well researched. The author holds back from what he could have said about Hubbard.
Now I know what an e meter is and of course Thetans!
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Too much evidence to deny.