Twenty upcoming books on Scientology

Discussion in 'Scientology and Anonymous' started by Incredulicide, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. Incredulicide Member

    Here's the current list of upcoming books with unknown dates of publication:
    • Untitled autobiography by Hana Whitfield
    • Untitled book by Bryan Seymour about his encounters reporting on Scientology
    • Untitled book by Chris Shelton about the RPF
    • Untitled book by Jason Barclay
    • Untitled book by Jonny Jacobsen
    • Untitled memoir by Jacqueline Olivier as Principal of New Village Leadership Academy
    • Untitled autobiography by Andrea Gerak
    • Untitled book by Rachel Bernstein about children raised in cults
    • Untitled books by Steph Keldani and her mother
    • Untitled book by Robin Gaby Fisher about a woman’s struggle with the Church of Scientology
    • Untitled recollections by Lawrence Wollersheim of the team involved in winning his lawsuit
    • Untitled book by Marcus Lee Sawyer about being on staff in an Org
    • Untitled book by Jeffrey Augustine about Hubbard in the period 1949-1955, Scientology and contract/copyright law with religious protections
    • Untitled book by Marc Headley, in addition to…
    • “The Greatest Good” by Marc Headley
    • “A Sucker Born Every Session: My Misadventures in $cientology” by Skip Press
    • “The Final Fall: Mixing Allah, Jesus and Xenu” by Leila Wills
    • “Hollywood Babylon III” by Kenneth Anger
    • “Son of Scientology: Dad, L Ron and Me” by Peter Jukes
    • “Scientology: A Walk into Darkness” by Glenn Samuels
    • “Scientology: Pre and Post Operating” by Frank Edwin Pate
    • “Who's the Best?” by Mark Tordai aka Mark Turi
    • “Gullible's Travels” by John Duignan
    • “My Scientology Memoir” by Steven Mango
    • “L. Ron Hubbard: The Dao of Insanity” dealing with the occult matrix beneath Scientology, by Peter Moon
    • “From Wench to Widow” by Penny Mixhau about a Pagan being married to a Scientologist
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member


    Academic goes ‘Among the Scientologists’ to bring back what we already knew

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, December 8, 2018


    Your proprietor spent a lot of time in academia and has a huge respect for the scholar who wants to advance knowledge in a particular area by doing the scholarly thing — investigating, listening, measuring, while trying to be as objective as possible.

    That, however, does not describe what’s going on in Donald Westbrook’s newly published Among the Scientologists: History, Theology, and Praxis, and so we don’t really feel a motivation to dive into it too deeply. From the beginning, Westbrook’s sneering contempt for the journalists who have risked their careers, their livelihoods, and perhaps even their lives to get us information about what’s really going on in Scientology is tiresome.

    This is a book that takes potshots at consummate professionals like Russell Miller and Lawrence Wright and then admits that its 69 interviews with Scientologists were arranged by the church’s own notorious Office of Special Affairs.

    OSA may have hand-picked his interviews, but OK, let’s see what Westbrook actually came up with. He tells us that he’s the first person ever to get this kind of access, and that finally, we’re going to learn what Scientology is for the average, non-celebrity member, because that’s not what the public has been getting from lazy journalists.

    Here are the major points that Westbrook learns from his revolutionary interviews with 69 members of the church.

    — Scientologists consider Scientology less a faith than a workable philosophy they use in all aspects of their lives.
    — Scientologists really do think they lived past lives that they can call back up during auditing.
    — Scientologists don’t like to say that L. Ron Hubbard is a god, but their esteem for him borders on worship.
    — Scientologists rationalize the high prices they pay for services by saying how much being a Scientologist means to them.
    — Scientology is bringing in almost no new members by its traditional methods of outreach, and nearly all younger members were brought up in the church.
    — Scientologists attribute mostly vague ‘gains’ to going ‘Clear,’ with some anecdotes of minor healing.
    — Keeping Scientology Working is important because that’s the way Ron wanted it.
    — Current Scientologists say David Miscavige is doing a hell of a job.
    — Scientologists don’t consider themselves to be part of a cult.
    — The social betterment groups are doing wonderful work.
    — Psychiatrists are evil and have been sabotaging thetans for trillions of years
    — Scientologists consider the world on fire, and Scientology is the only thing that will save it.

    Westbrook is especially impressed with his “discovery” that 90 percent of Scientologists haven’t even reached Clear or the OT levels. But since he’s ignoring journalists, he may have missed that Karin Pouw gave us that exact figure some 18 years ago when we interviewed her at a Celebrity Centre lunch.

    And that’s literally about it. That is the sum total of revelations that Westbrook gleaned from his 69 interviews, sprinkled throughout an apologist review of Scientology history that bends over backwards to tamp down every controversy and cast doubt on every claim of abuse.

    Once we could see that this was all Westbrook had managed to get out of his 69 interviews, we were fairly stunned. Westbrook may have little respect for the journalists working in this field, but of course if you actually read the work by Tom Tobin and Joe Childs, Joel Sappell and Robert Welkos, Janet Reitman, Lawrence Wright, Jon Atack, Russell Miller, Richard Behar, Richard Leiby, Tracey McManus, Bette Orsini and so many others, you know that every single one of Westbrook’s “discoveries” has been revealed and documented countless times.

    Yes, journalists write about celebrities and abuses and many attention-grabbing subjects about Scientology. But you have to be pretty blind to say that the many stories that have been done about the church didn’t spend a lot of time on the reasons people join, the reasons they stay, and the reasons they give so much money.

    Westbrook, the Gordon Melton for a new generation, will no doubt be hailed by his fellow religious studies types for going among the Scientologists and bringing back this information. Thankfully, almost no one pays attention to them.

    PS: Forgot to mention, this is a 332-page book supposedly about the current state of Scientology that doesn’t contain a single instance of two words: “Remini” or “Rinder.” Chew on that.

  3. TorontosRoot Member

    He needs more people to call him out. Siding with the cult is just bad.
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