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The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology Kindle Edition
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In this book, Sweeney discusses the making of his original CoS documentary where he famously exploded in rage on-screen in response to intense psychological warfare from a church determined to crush his investigation and, subsequently, have him fired from the BBC. It's a testament to Sweeney that he refused to back down, despite admitting to being more afraid at that time than he had ever been when reporting from war zones around the globe, and the groundbreaking Panorama documentary, 'Scientology and Me' (and the follow-up, 'The Secrets of Scientology'), was the result.
Seriously fascinating stuff. Highly recommended to fans of secretive cult exposés, cracking investigative journalism, and free speech.
John Sweeney is best known for his Panorama documentary which is loosely based around this book - this should perhaps be written the other way around, for this book was written as a companion to those who watched that programme and saw his infamous "tomato" episode, where the echelons of the "Church" deliberately goaded him into losing his rag. Their covert surveillance of John's team and everything that they do is by far the most sinister and the almost Godlike persona that the Church leader has leave me in doubt as what side of the fence I sit on when deciding whether this is a cult or not. If you though really want to know, you will have to read this book for yourself.
It is somewhat difficult for me to rate this book, because on the one hand, it is difficult read, but on the other it Is most definitely one of the best written from a journalistic viewpoint that I have read in a long while. Because it does tend to waffle in places, I would probably give it 4.
The main reason I recommend that people buy and read this book is to find out what it was like for John Sweeney to investigate this organisation. The information about previous lawsuits, about previous criminal behaviour and about behaviour which is presently the subject only of allegations (like David Miscavige's violence and his failing mental health) is present and correct, but it is not the new story. The story is the extents the scientology organisation would go to in order to stop John Sweeney from making a documentary at all. When John Sweeney cracked under pressure and lost his temper, the original documentary became about that event. This book is about the background for that event.
The BBC did know that the organisation would go far to stop any investigations, and they had indeed decided to see how bad the harassment would get. What makes this book interesting is that not only the private communications between the harassers and the person conveying the orders but also one of the main harassers who turned against the cult leader were available to John Sweeney for this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gave me a nightmare. Dreamt I was followed by 2 scientologists.
Sweeney writes entertaining and honest.
what a fantastic book - don't want to give it away but watch the Youtube videos with John in, so interesting!Published 5 months ago by Trees
Review of what is really a cult, and therefore will dwindle away as everything eventually does.Published 8 months ago by Grandma Judy
More Sweeney magic, great writing and considering the pressure he was under, surprisingly objective. Read it, it's not the definitive book on Scientology, what book could claim. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Innes Muir
I knew bits & pieces about Scientology, & about this ("exploding tomato") episode, but I really had no idea just how creepy the so-called "Church" is. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John D
I believe that this book ties in with a TV programme that I did not see. As a stand alone book I have to say that you can feel the author's bias coming through strongly, I would... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Helen P
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