Good book. If you wan to know what actually goes on in the "church" of scientology, this is the book for you. It contains few clues to the highly confidential space alien secrets that the upper levels of scientology believe in (google it for free!!!) but is great in the details of how ordinary scientology victims experience life in that organisation.
If you are a student writing a thesis about NRM's (new religious movements), then this book will contain a wealth of information for you.
An excellent book: unpretentiously but clearly written, it presents a distillation of Mr. Atack's enormous archive of Scientology-related documentation. It is by far the best independent account of Scientology's history, though it does not go into much detail about the practices of Scientologists themselves. Interestingly, despite extensive litigation in virtually every country in which this book has been published, none of Mr. Atack's statements have been disproved by the Church of Scientology.
I've had this book sitting on my shelf for years but for some reason never read it until now. I've been doing quite a lot of research on Scientology for about a decade so much of the information was familiar but the book was still a very interesting read. It's very well researched and although Atack is critical of Hubbard and Scientology the book is based on facts and not an attack on Hubbard and the Church of Scientology. The story of Hubbard and Scientology proves that truth can be stranger than fiction and "A Piece of Blue Sky" is a very fascinating book on the subject (although it was published in the early 1990s so it doesn't contain the more recent history of the church). I would highly recommend it to anyone, whether new to the subject or not. The book could have used some editing as Atack sometimes repeats himself, but it's a minor issue to me.
Very clean used book.. Great insight from the very first page of the mind boggling con man Hubbard. A must read for anyone who is still unsure of this self made millionaire at the expense of trustworthy manipulated followers