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These are the main critical texts that explore the murky world of the cult of Scientology. Several are available over the web, while others are still in print. Scientology has conducted a campaign against these books by trying to ban them, buy them up, destroy them, sue the authors and remove library copies. Most large libraries will have at least some of these books on their shelves, however.
Bare Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard.
Miller, Russell. Henry Holt, New York. 1988. ISBN: 155-013-0277
hardback c. 1987 Russell Miller. (One of the most thouroughly-researched
books on the cult, Miller covers Hubbard's family origins and
his life chronologically while exploring and documenting his
life-long habit of lying and exaggerating. Includes 22 photos,
many of Hubbard's family. The book is now on the web.)
Inside Scientology: Or How I Found Scientology and Became Super
Human. Kaufman, Robert. Olympia Press, New York. 1972.
(Kaufman, who died this year, explains the mechanics of the
cult in this auto-biographical look into what it is like to
get into Scientology, what life is like while in, and what
prompts finally leaving it. Kaufman delivers stark insight into
this madness-inducing cult in this book that gives the best picture
of life on the inside.)
L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? - Revised, Updated and Expanded
Edition. Corydon, Bent. Barricade Books, Fort Lee, New Jersey.
1992. ISBN: 094-263-7577 paperback c. 1987, 1992 Bent Corydon.
(This large book on the cult is fairly disorganized and lacks an
index but remains a vital source of first-hand testimony from
ex-Scientologists about life aboard Hubbard's ship the Apollo and
many alarming accounts of illegal and criminal activities within
Scientology. Includes 21 photos, mostly of Hubbard, and two
illustrations that compare Scientology's cross to the infamous
Mindbenders, the. Vosper, Cyril. Neville Spearman, London. 1971.
(An in-depth look at the philosophical aspects of Scientology and
cult life at Saint Hill Manor in England, written with a wry sense
of humour by a long-time Scientologist who became very disillusioned
with it. Includes 4 plates with Vosper's SP declare, Saint Hill,
David Gaiman, Hubbard looking like nothing so much as a large ugly
toad about to lash out and swallow a fly, and a letter to the
Piece of Blue Sky, a - Scientology, Dianetics, and L. Ron Hubbard
Exposed. Atack, Jon. Carol Publishing Group, New York. 1990.
ISBN: 081-840-499X hardback c. 1990 Jon Atack. Available in the
UK by calling 01342 316129, or 0044 1342 316129 in the rest of
Europe. (This is widely hailed as the best book on the subject of
Scientology. Jon rolls up his sleeves and attacks the cult with
impeccable referencing and the full weight of documentation from
the world's largest Scientology archive. On top of that, the book
is captivating, absorbing, and very well-written.)
Religion Inc. Lamont, Stewart. Harrap, London. 1986. c. 1986
Stewart Lamont. ISBN: 024-554-3341 hardback. (Written in a
clear, lucid and professional style by an English religious studies
scholar, journalist and broadcaster, Lamont's book is an excellent
read and puts Scientology into sharp contrast against legitimate
religion. Includes 27 photos, most taken by Lamont while researching
Scientology for his book.)
Road to Total Freedom, the: A Sociological Analysis of Scientology. Wallis, Roy. Columbia University Press, New York. 1977. ISBN: 023-104-2000 (Wallis utilized documentation and 83 interviews to write this text that covers some of the broad themes of the cult from a sociological viewpoint. Wallis sees Scientology as progressing through time, but doesn't get too side-tracked by such propaganda and PR lines in this in-depth digging into what makes the cult work, why and how people become Scientologists, and what makes Hubbard himself tick.)
Road to Xenu, the. Wakefield, Margery. Coalition of Concerned
Citizens. Tampa, Florida. 1991. Available from the Coalition, P.O.
Box 290402, Tampa, FLA 33687 or from FACTNet, 601 16th St. #C-217,
Golden, CO 80401, includes Bob Penny's thought provoking Social Control
in Scientology. (A first hand auto-biographical account of involvement
in Scientology; recommended reading for newcomers to the subject and
widely available on the net.)
Scandal of Scientology, the. Cooper, Paulette. Tower Publications, New
York. 1971. (Cooper would have liked to have, in retrospect, come
down harder on the cult than she did under all the legal pressures
she was subjected to by the cult. This does not detract from what is
a warm and witty book however, that with the unbiased approach she
takes makes the subject matter look absolutely loathesome. Cooper
was targetted by Operation Freakout and subjected to 18 lawsuits for
her anti-Scientological activities after writing this essential early
piece exposing the cult of Scientology.)
Scientology: The Now Religion. Malko, George. Dell/Delacorte,
New York. 1970. (Malko views Scientology through the eyes of an
inveterate sceptic and a newcomer to the subject; his refreshing
ability to withstand all inducements to join the cult while
researching for this book is commendable, as is his sharply
critical mind that relentlessly confronts Scientology PR and
dogma, exposing it to the light for his readers.)
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These are books that mention either Scientology or Dianetics but are not, for the most part, entirely devoted to the subject. Also included here are smaller books and rare books and books on related topics like the E-Meter, along with various governmental reports. A few of the books may belong more properly in the influenced books section, such as the ones referenced to in Roy Wallis' The Road to Total Freedom.
Ali's Smile / Naked Scientology. Burroughs, William S. Expanded Media Editions, Bonn, Germany. 1978 and later reprints. Bilingual Edition German/English. (Mostly essays previously published in US alternative newspapers in the early 1970s.)
Believe What You Like: What happened between the Scientologists and the National Association for Mental Health. Rolph, C.H. Andre Deutsch. 1973. ISBN: 023-396-3758 (About the attempt by the CoS to take over the National Association for Mental Health. It introduces Scientology, talks about Scn's hatred of psychiatry and details the tale. It's a bit turgid and journalistic (would have to be, to avoid non-frivolous legal action inasmuch as possible) and not of current interest, but has some nice quotes and would probably be of historical interest. - David Gerard. See also "Two Disparate Philosophies" by David Dalton.)
Bigger Secrets. Poundstone, William. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 1986. c. 1986 William Poundstone. ISBN: 039-538-477X & 039-545-3976 paperback. (See chapter 7, the secret teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, 5 pages covering Xemu and OT-3.)
Countercultures: a Sociological Analysis. Zellner, W. W. St. Martin's Press, New York. 1995. ISBN: 031-208-0840 (Discusses Skinheads, the Ku Klux Klan, Survivalists, Satanism, the Church of Scientology, the Unification Church or Moonies. Nice company for our favorite little cult to be in!)
Cross Currents: The perils of Electropollution, The Promise of Electromedicine. Becker, Robert O. GP Putnam's Sons. ISBN: 087-477-6090. (Can the tiny currents that run through the body while holding the electrodes of the cult's E-Meter cause a increase in cancer rates?)
Cults of Unreason. Evans, Dr. Christopher. Delta, New York. 1973. Harrap, London. 1973. (About a third of this book deals with Scientology.)
Dianetics in Limbo. O'Brien, Helen. Whitmore Publishing Co., Philadelphia. 1966.
Doctor's Report on Dianetics, a: Theory and Therapy. Winter, Joseph A. Julian Press, New York. 1951. Crown Publishing Group, New York. 1987 ISBN: 051-756-4211 (Winter was an early recruit into the cult in the early 50s; he broke away when Hubbard turned his back on science and went off into past lives and a totalitarian dogma.)
Encyclopedia of American Religions, the. J. Gordon Melton. Gale Research. (Has a short section on Scientology and its offshoots.)
Enquiry Into the Practice and Effects of Scientology. Foster, Sir
John. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London. 1971. (See also
the three reports from the governments of South Africa, New Zealand
Essay on Scientology, an. Carter, David. (In electronic form
only: an ex-scientologist's overview of the cult's ideology.)
Fads & Fallacies in the Name of Science. Gardner, Martin. Dover, New York. 1952. (Read the chapter "Dianetics", which elegantly lays bare Hubbard's ridiculous pseudo-science. Also of interest is a chapter on General Semantics, one of Hubbard's numerous plagiarized sources for his crazy cult theories.)
Flim Flam! Randi, James. (In the 70s Scientology set out to discredit CSICOP by painting it as a front organization for the CIA.)
Future of Religion, the: Secularization, Revival, and Cult Formation. Stark, Rodney, and W.S. Bainbridge. University of California Press. 1985. (See Chapter 12 (pp 263-283), "Scientology: To Be Perfectly Clear".)
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders. Bugliosi, Vincent, with Curt Gentry. W. W. Norton/Bantam, New York. 1974, 1975. (Was Manson a Scientologist?)
Hopalong-Freud. Wallach, Ira. Henry Schuman, New York. 1951. (See Hilarious spoof of Dianetics in the chapter "Diapetics".)
"Jack Parsons: a 77 page booklet by Paul Rydeen". Published by Wesley Nations. $5.00 on the shelf or $7.00 post paid from: Crash Collusion, PO Box 2237, Berkeley, CA 94702. (About one third of the work involves our L. Ron Hubbard. While Rydeen disputes that Parsons and Hubbard engaged in full-penetration homosexual sex magick rituals, he does have documentation of their engaging in wife swapping (at the time Hubbard had two wives, so the man did like to share at one point in his life), masturbation in front of each other and other practices. Although the focus is on Parsons, one can glean enough about Elron. Where he got the ideas for the OT levels and other aspects of the former mystery cult known as $cientology. - Jerod Pore)
Job, the: Interviews With William S. Burroughs. Odier, Daniel. Grove Press. 1970 and 1974. Reprinted by Penguin Books, 1989. (See essay by William S. Burroughs called "Playback from Eden to Watergate." It describes in detail how Burroughs single-handedly carried on certain activities which caused the Church of Scientology in London to move out of the location they occupied; the essay may not be in 1970 edition.)
Lee Report into Scientology. Lee, John A. Ontario, Canada. 1970.
New Age, the: Notes of a Fringe Watcher. Gardner, Martin. (Has a photo of Hubbard measuring the emotions of a tomato.)
Official Handbook for Ex-Scientologists, the. Limited ed. Samuels, Jim. Mentat School, Hillsboro, Oregon. 1980. (Rare; if anyone finds a copy, please let me know. I have no idea what the book is about, but I hear it may be making its way onto the web soon. 115 pages makes this more a booklet than a book.)
Operating Thetan. Panoussis, Zenon. ISBN 91-630-4721-7. (Zenon
describes his booklet: "As from now, OT I through OT VIII in the
Fishman Affidavit version are available from me as a booklet
with a preface in Swedish." Zenon can be reached at: Zenon
Panoussis, Högbergsgatan 64, SE-118 54 Stockholm, Sweden for
more information about buying this booklet. Zenon has this to say:
"For the time being I am under court orders not to distribute the
material. I will save all orders though, and fill them when the court
order is lifted." Brave soul.) Email:
Psychobabble. Rosen, R.D. Avon Books. 1979. (Takes a skeptical look at EST, Scientology, etc., as well as a number of odd practices in psychology such as Rebirthing, Primal Scream, etc.)
Religious Movements in Contemporary America. Zaretsky, Irving I. and Mark Leone, editors. Princeton University Press, Princeton. 1974. (See Harriet Whitehead's "Reasonably Fantastic: some perspectives on Scientology, science fiction and occultism.")
Renunciation and Reformation: a Study of Conversion in an American Sect. Whitehead, Harriet. Cornell University Press, Ithaca. 1987. ISBN: 080-141-8496.
Report of the Board of Inquiry Into Scientology. Anderson, Kevin
Victor. A. C. Brooks Government Printer, Melbourne Australia.
1965. (A condemnatory official report that looks into Scientology's
illegal and immoral practices in Australia. This work - often
called simply the Anderson Report - was commissioned by an Order
in Council, and resulted in the outlawing of Scientology in Victoria,
Australia. It is highly critical and as long as a book, but somewhat
redundant, desultory, and given to excess.)
Report of the Commission of Enquiry into Scientology for 1972. Kotze, G. P. C., et al. Government Printer, Pretoria South Africa. 1973.
Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Hubbard Scientology Organization in New Zealand. Powles, Sir Guy Richardson and E. V. Dumbleton. Government Printer, Wellington New Zealand. 1969.
Sad Tale of Scientology, the: a Short History 1950-1985. Townsend, Eric. Anima Publications, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire, England. 1985. (Rare; if anyone finds a copy, please let me know. I've been told that it is rubbish, though, and at only 90 pages long, it's only a booklet.)
Scientology: The Technology of Enlightenment. Alexander, Brooks, and Halverson, Dean C., editors. Spiritual Counterfeits Projects, Berkeley. 1982. (Rare; if anyone finds a copy, please let me know.)
Scientology: What It Is And What It Does. Burrell, Maurice. Lakeland, London. 1970. (Very rare; if anyone finds a copy, please let me know. This book was withdrawn shortly after it appeared, according to Wallis, and is a much-sought-after work. See also "The Challenge of the Cults".)
Sectarian Healers and Hypnotherapy. Lee, John A. Queen's Printer, Toronto. 1970. (One of Wallis' seventeen systematic and lengthy accounts that existed at the time.)
Sex Laws and Cyberspace. Wallace, Jonathon and Mark Mangn. 1996. (This book details an effort by the Church of Scientology and individuals affiliated with that organization described as "Cancel Wabbits" to cancel articles in this group (alt.religion.scientology), and later to have this group removed from Usenet with a "rmgroup" message to system administrators. It also explains litigation in connection with the issue of posts to this group. The book says that these efforts were due to copyrighted material posted to this group. - Travis Douglas.)
Social Control in Scientology. Penny, Bob. (Bob Penny is one
of the founders of FACTNet, Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network; this
short work was originally published as a dual edition with Margery
Wakefield's book "The Road to Xenu".)
Total Freedom Trap, the. Atack, Jon. (Electronic versions of
this smaller work may be found at the URLs below; see also A Piece of
Two Disparate Philosophies. Dalton, David R. Regency, London. 1973. (One of Wallis' seventeen systematic and lengthy accounts about Scientology available at the time. "This is another look at the fight between the UK National Association for Mental Health and Scientology, this time from Scientology's point of view." - Ron Newman. See "Believe What You Like: What happened between the Scientologists and the National Association for Mental Health" by C. H. Rolph.)
Understanding Scientology. Wakefield, Margery. Tampa, FLA 1992
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These books deal with therapeutical aspects of treating cult victims. The work by Hassan and Singer is the best in this area for exploration by ex-Scientologists and as a guide to help family members through the trial of a loved-one's involvement in the cult with practical advice on the best approach to help the person get out and recover their basic personality that has been ruthlessly stripped away. See also section 5 of this list on cults and related topics.
Captive Hearts, Captive Minds: Freedom and Recovery from Cults and
Abusive Relationships. Tobias, Madeleine landau, and Janja Lalich.
Hunter House, Alameda California. 1994. ISBN: 089-793-1440.
(Geared specifically for recovery. Available from the AFF, the
American Family Foundation. "Former cult members suffer from fear,
depression, confusion, low self-esteem, and post traumatic stress,
whether they were in a group or in a one-to-one abusive relationship.
`Captive Hearts, Captive Minds' provides the hands-on help they need
to recover from manipulation and mind control". - Churches that
Abuse, by Ronald Enroth.) The AFF's web page:
Combatting Cult Mind Control. Hassan, Steven. Park Street Press,
Rochester, Vermont. 1988. c. 1988, 1990 Steven Hassan. ISBN:
089-281-2435 & 089-281-3113 (If there is a cure for Scientology's
brainwashing, it lies within these covers. If you have a family
member or a loved one in the cult, get ahold of this book and study
its proven techniques of exit counselling and interventions. If
you've just gotten out of Scientology, the Moonies, or any other
cult, read through this book several times to loosen the hold of
the cultic identity on your mind.) Steve has a webpage up at:
Cult Proofing Your Kids. Martin, Paul. Grand Rapids, Mich. 1993. ISBN: 031-053-7614.
Cults in Our Midst: the hidden menace in our everyday lives. Singer,
Margaret Thaler, with Janja Lalich. Jossey-Bass Publishers, San
Francisco. 1995. ISBN: 078-790-0516 c. 1995 Singer & Lalich.
(Singer has been targetted by Scientology's notorious "Fair Game"
policy for many years. This book is one of the best on the subject
of cults by the world's leading expert in the field and explodes
many common myths while providing deep insights into what makes
cults work.) See Magaret's web page for more information at:
Cults: What Parents Should Know. Ross, Joan Carol, and Michael D. Langone. Lyle Stuart, New York. 1988.
Dealing with Destructive Cults. Cooper, John and Una McManus. Grand Rapids, Michigan 1984, ISBN: 031-070-281X
Destructive Cult Conversion: Theory, Research, and Treatment. Clark,
John G., et al. American Family Foundation, Weston, Massachusetts.
1981. The AFF's web page:
Exit Counseling: A Family Intervention. Giambalvo, Carol. American Family Foundation, Bonita Springs, FLA. 1992. (This book provides practical information for families concerned about a cult-involved relative. It describes the process of exit counseling, a voluntary approach to help cultists makes informed decisions about their affiliation with the group. Exit counseling is the most effective alternative to the controversial process of deprogramming, which often involves kidnapping and coercion and other techniques similar to what the cults themselves use on their victims.)
Integrating Family Therapy: Handbook of Family Psychology and Systems Theory. Mikesell, Richard H., Don-David Lusterman, Susan H. McDaniel, editors. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. 1995. (See the chapter Cults: Implications for family therapists written by Margaret Thaler Singer, pages 519-527.)
Radical Departures: Desperate Detours to Growing Up. Levine, Saul V, M.D. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Orlando, Florida. 1986. c. 1984 Saul Levine. ISBN: 015-175-8409 hardcover 015-675-7990 paperback. (Levine believes that cults are of little consequence; merely a stepping stone to adulthood for some youths who join and exploit the cult rather than the other way around; he doesn't explain all the middle aged people in Scientology - or Jonestown, and skirts many of the important issues.)
Recovery From Abusive Groups. Ford, Wendy. American Family Foundation, Bonita Springs FLA. 1993. (Available from the AFF)
Recovery From Cults: Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse. Edited by Michael D. Langone. W. W. Norton, New York. 1993. ISBN: 039-370-1646.
Snapping: America's Epidemic of Sudden Personality Change. Conway, Flo and Jim Siegelman. Delta/J. B. Lippincott, New York. 1979. ISBN: 044-057-9708 c. 1978, 1979 Conway & Siegelman. Updated version: Stillpoint Press Inc., New York. 1995. (The radical personality change that cults induce in their victims is explained; Conway and Siegelman draw from many sources, and Scientology is covered along with the other popular cults.)
Touchstones: Reconnecting After a Cult Experience. Stoner, Carroll and Cynthia Kisser. Cult Awareness Network, Chicago. 1992. (Kisser is a veteran of the cult wars, and has gone through considerable harassment at the hands of the Scientology cult.)
Wrong Way Home, the: Uncovering Patterns of Cult Behavior in American Society. Deikman, Arthur J. Beacon Press, Boston. 1994. (The author is a clinical professor of psychiatry who started studying cults, and then realized that the methods of manipulation used in them are found throughout society, in many types of groups - corporations, political parties, schools, and traditional religions. Cults simply take them to the n-th degree.)
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These books deal with the little-understood phenomenon of mind control and related topics. Mind control may be justly feared and then pushed aside to make way for the major theme of free will in democratic society, but there's no excuse for not understanding this universal aspect of everyday life and its centricity to cults.
Attacks on Peripheral Versus Central Elements of Self and the Efficacy of Thought Reform. Ofshe and Singer. (Available through the American Family Foundation.)
Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brainwashing. Sargant, William. Doubleday, Garden City, New York. 1957.
Battle for Your Mind, the: Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used on the Public Today. Sutphen, Dick. (Stop right here. Dick Sutphen has no education in the field of Psychology, Sociology or any other field that would qualify him as an expert in the area of brainwashing. No, I take that back; Dick Sutphen was in advertizing for many years before he decided to become in order 1) poet 2) new age guru 3) hypnosis "expert." Sutphen is just another way to toss your money down the drain. I find a good deal of irony in the author of "You Were Born Again to be Together" also being the author of "The Battle for Your Mind." - TarlaStar. Note the similarity of the title to the earlier book by Sargant above; I recommend reading Sargant 1st.)
Brainwashing: Story of Men Who Defied It. Hunter, Edward. Farrar, Straus, Cudahy, New York, NY. 1956.
Coercive Persuasion: A Socio-psychological Analysis of the "Brainwashing" of American Civilian Prisoners by the Chinese Communists. Schein, Edgar H., with Inge Schneier and Curtis H. Barker. W. W. Norton, New York. 1961.
How Real is the Reality: Delusion, Deceitment and Understanding. Watzlawick, Paul. 1976. (Paul Watzlawick is professor for psychology and (psycho)-semantics. This book explains the real violence that is used in the "semantic-paradox" technologies, and the creation of "confusion" as a tool to weaken people and empower oneself over them. - Freimann B.)
"Indoctrination" (original: L'endoctrinement). Reboul, Olivier. Presses Universitaires de France, Paris. 1977. (Reboul is a professor of philosophy, who taught in the early 70s in Montreal and later in Strasbourg, France.)
Influence: The New Psychology of Modern Persuasion: How and Why People Agree to Things. Cialdini, Robert B. William Morrow, New York. 1984. (The author is a social psychology professor who spent 15 years studying the tactics used by "compliance professionals," including salesmen, fundraisers, marketing pros, cult leaders, Chinese brainwashing camps, etc. He carefully details the underlying psychological mechanisms that make all these tactics work, and how everyone is vulnerable to them because they take advantage of instinctual responses.)
Journey Into Madness: Medical Torture and the Mind Controllers. Thomas, Gordon. Bantam Press, New York. 1988. Corgi Books. 1989. (Covers Dr. Ewan Cameron and MK ULTRA, a brainwashing experiment uncovered by the Scientology cult in Canada, who might be behind this book. Shades of "The Interpol Connection", q.v., perhaps.)
Mind Control. Schrag, Peter. Pantheon, New York. 1978
New Technology and Human Values, the. Burke, John G., Editor. Wadsworth Publishing Co. 1966. (Covers wiretapping, lie detectors and mind control.)
Obedience to Authority. Milgram, Stanley. New York 1983. ISBN: 006-131-983X. (Seminal studies into how a large share of the population is willing to harm others when goaded by an authority figure, these experiments show how susceptible we all are to the influence of cults and other control mechanisms.)
Overview of Mind Control and Electromagnetic Manipulation, an. Antone, Ted [publisher]. (Ooo-eeee-ooo. Also did "New World Order: Towards a One World Government.")
Prisoners of Liberation. Ricket, Allyn and Rickett, Adele. Cameron Associates, New York. 1957 (The authors are Westerners who spent seven years in China, underwent "thought reform" and returned to relate their experiences; politically and psychologically fascinating.)
Rape of the Mind, the. Meerloo, Joost A. World, New York. 1956. Grosset & Dunlap, New York. 1961.
Reactionary: Sgt. Lloyd W. Pate's Story. Pate, Sgt. Lloyd W. as told to Cutler, B.J. Harper & Bros., New York. 1956. (Story of Pate's resistance to brain washing when a prisoner of the Chinese communists. He endured 32 months of brutal captivity in Korea Including filth, cold, subhuman rations, intimidation, a 500 mile death march and more.
Search for the Manchurian Candidate, the: The CIA and Mind Control, the secret history of the behavioral sciences. Marks, John. Times Books, New York. 1979. (The big boys are in on this game, too.)
Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of "Brainwashing" in China. Lifton, Robert J. W. W. Norton, New York. 1961. (An essential read for ex-Scientologists to gain insight into what exactly what happened in the cult. See also "The Future of Immorality".)
Thought Reform of the Chinese Intellectuals. Chen, Theodore H. E. Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong. 1960. (A gem of a book; explains Thought Reform in a neat and artful way that reads like a precise poem.)
Youth, Brainwashing, and the Extremist Cults. Enroth, Ronald. Zondervan Press, Kentwood, Michigan. 1977. (See also "The Lure of the Cults" and "Churches that Abuse".)
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Here are included biographies about Scientologists and former Scientologists and Hubbard himself; for more biographical material see the main critical books. While the main critical book's focus is not on biography as much as Scientology, some of them are written from an auto-biographical viewpoint. Also see the section on books by Hubbard, as many of them contain some biographical or auto-biographical material as well, such as "Ron the Writer", and the short, inaccurate, deceptive bios often included in the other books by Hubbard.
Fever: The Biography of John Travolta. Thompson, Douglas. Boxtree. (See also "John Travolta: Back in Character".)
John Travolta: Back in Character. Clarkson, Wensley. 1996. (The book is a lightweight, shallow piece, probably approved by Travolta. It goes out its way to avoid controversy of any kind and says only nice things about everyone. There's some mention of Scientology, but it is placed in a positive light. - Anon post to ars. See also "Tom Cruise Unauthorised", "Fever".)
Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs. Morgan, Ted. (It has a pile of stuff on Burroughs and Scn and, truth be told, was something that helped bring me to this newsgroup - Burroughs is into some, er, rather silly ideas, but he does turn them to good creative effect. The biography is fantastically well-written and a real page-turner. And it's more or less authorised, but Burroughs is old enough that he doesn't have much to lie about any more. Recommended highly. - David Gerard.)
Lonesome Squirrel, the. Fishman, Steve. Published on the
internet, although some people claim to have hard copies, I haven't
tracked down the ISBN and other publication data. (This is a largely
auto-biographical book containing over two megabytes of humour, sex,
personal angst, and, incidentally, Scientology. However, some
serious questions have been raised and left unanswered about the
accuracy and even the factuality of some of the details of the book,
so I am reluctant to commend this to the reader as more than a
general impression, somewhat fictional, of cult life.)
Ron Hubbard: A Profile. Compiled by The Friends of Ron. C.S.I. (Bridge), Los Angeles. 1995. (Elegant, beautifully photo-illustrated (many full-page color photos) portrait of the life and "career" of L. Ron Hubbard, pulp writer, self-styled "philosopher" and founder of the Scientology cult, with a chronicle listing highlights of his "career".)
Tom Cruise Unauthorised. Clarkson, Wensley. Blake Publications (UK). 1996. ISBN: 108-578-2163-7 (A soft biography of Hollywood star and Scientology cult member Tom Cruise. See also "John Travolta: Back In Character".)
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Included in this section are books on other cults which bear marked similarity to Scientology or are offshoots of Scientology, and books about cults in general and related topics. A few of these may belong in the section concerning therapeutical aspects.
All God's Children: The Cult Experience; Salvation or Slavery? Stoner, C., and J. Parke. Chilton Books, Radnor, Pennsylvania. 1977.
Anatomy of Illusion, the. Keiser, Thomas and Jacqueline. ISBN: 039-805-2956.
Challenge of the Cults, the. Burrell, Maurice C. Baker House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1982. (See also "Scientology: What It Is And What It Does".)
Churches that Abuse. Enroth, Ronald. Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich. 1992. (See also "The Lure of the Cults" and "Youth, Brainwashing, and the Extremist Cults".)
Cults and Consequences: The Definitive Handbook. Andres, Rachel, and Lane, James R., editors. Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles. 1988.
Cults and New Religious Movements. Galanter, Mark editor. American Psychiatric Association, Washington, DC. 1989.
Cults in America: Programmed for Paradise. Appel, Willa. Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York. 1983. c. 1983 Willa Appel. ISBN: 080-500-5242 Owl paperback. (A good overview of the phenomena by an anthropologist. Very interesting discussion of the psychological needs fulfilled by fairy tales, and how cult doctrines are similar.)
Dangerous Persuaders: An Expose of Gurus, Personal Development Courses and Cults, and How They Operate in Australia. Samways, Louise. Penguin Books Australia Ltd. Ringwood, Victoria. 1994. c. Louise Samways 1994. ISBN: 014-023-5531.
Fraud of Religion, the: Critically Examined. Ridley, Alan.
Larson's Book of Cults. Larson, Bob. Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois. 1972.
Let Our Children Go! Patrick, Ted, with Tom Dulack. Thomas Congdon Books/E. P. Dutton, New York. 1976.
Life 102 - What to do When Your Guru Sues You. McWilliams, Peter.
Prelude Press, Los Angeles. 1994. ISBN: 093-158-034X.
(About his time spent in John-Roger's cult; well-written, terrifying,
funny and quite relevant to those wondering about just how far mind
control can push an intelligent, educated man.)
Lure of the Cults, the. Enroth, Ronald. Christian Herald Books, Chappaqua, New York. 1979. (See also "Churches that Abuse" and "Youth, Brainwashing, and the Extremist Cults".)
Making of a Spiritual Movement, the: The Untold Story of Paul Twitchell
and Eckankar. Lane, David. (Lane conclusively shows that many of
the litigious cult of Eckankar's "sacred scriptures" were plagiarized
from Scientology and Sant Mat groups in India. Eckankar books by Paul
Twitchell: The Far Country, The Shairyat-KI-Sugmad, The Tiger's Fang,
Letters to Gail.)
Mind Manipulators, the. Scheflin, Alan and Edward Opton. Paddington, New York. 1978.
Moonstruck: a Memoir of My Life in a Cult. Wood, Allen Tate with Jack Vitek. William Morrow, New York. 1979. (Read for parallels between the Moonie cult and Scientology; these two cults are more alike than different, despite very different philosophical ideas.)
Moonwebs: Journey Into the Mind of a Cult. Freed, Josh. Dorset, Toronto. 1980. ISBN: 088-893-0208 paperback, 088-893-0186 hardcover.
Outrageous Betrayal: the Dark Journey of Werner Erhard from Est to Exile. Pressman, Steven. St Martin's Press. 1993. ISBN: 031-209-2962.
Prison or Paradise? The New Religious Cults. Rudin, James and Marcia. Fortress Press, Philadelphia. 1980.
Satan's power: a Deviant Psychotherapy Cult. Bainbridge, William Sims.
University of California Press. 1978. (About a Scientology offshoot
called the Process Church. The names of all organizations and people
are changed: "Scientology" becomes "Technianity", "Process Church"
becomes "Power Church", "Hubbard" becomes "Rogers", but anyone familiar
with the material can easily translate the pseudonyms. Has a long
description of Scientology's TRs or Training Routines.
Searching: Practices and Beliefs of the Religious Cults & Human Potential Groups. Mosatche, Harriet S. Stravon Educational, New York.
Strange Gods. Bromley, David G., and Anson D. Shupe, Jr. Beacon Press, Boston. 1981. ISBN: 080-703-2565 & 080-701-1096 paperback. c. 1981 Bromley and Shupe.
Strange Sects and Curious Cults. Bach, Marcus. Barnes & Noble, New York. 1993. ISBN: 088-029-7433. Copyright 1961. (Takes a look at Baalism, Shivism, the Doukhobors, Voodooism, Father Divine, the Shakers, the Mormons, the Hutterites and others. No mention of Scientology, the Moonies, or other big-name cults.)
Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church: an In-Depth Investigation of the Man and the Movement. Sontag, Frederick. Abingdon, Nashville. 1977.
Thirty Years a Watch Tower Slave: the Confessions of a Converted Jehovah's Witness. Schnell, William J. Baker Book House, Grand Rapids 6, Michigan. 1956.
Those Curious New Cults. Petersen, William J. Keats Publishing Inc., New Canaan, Connecticut. 1973.
True Believer, the: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements. Eric Hoffer. Perennial Library, New York. 1989. c. Eric Hoffer 1951. (This slim volume is frequently cited as one of the most important treatises on this phenomenon.)
Turning East. Cox, Harvey. Simon & Schuster, New York. 1977.
Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme. Brodie, Richard. Integral Press. 1996. (In the author's own words: "it explains cults through the new science of memetics." A new scientific paradigm developed at Oxford and elsewhere explains how advertisers, politicians, and cults are beginning to use startling methods to program people through the use of "viruses of the mind". More frighteningly, these viruses take on a "life" of their own and begin to grow and evolve out of the control of their creators.)
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These are books which may provide insight into the workings of Scientology through other subjects. The connection between the cult and any of these books will be apparent to ex-Scientologists and may lead them to a better understanding of what happened to them in a social, political and literary context. I've also included books in this section written by Scientologists or former Scientologists that don't directly deal with the cult.
Brave New World. Huxley, Aldous. Chatto & Windus, London. 1972, c1946. (Are the Alphas the Sea Org crew and the Epsilons stuck on the RPF?)
Future of an Illusion, the. Freud, Sigmund. 1927. (One of Freud's later works on a less technical bent in which he uses a psychoanalytic approach to studying culture - and religion.)
Future of Immorality, the. Lifton, Robert Jay. Bosie Books Inc. (See also "Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism".)
Future Sex. Davis, Stephan A. and Lyssa Royal. Personal Enhancement Press, Phoenix Arizona. (Davis was in the Church of Scientology as the first President of the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE). "It was definitely a unique experience to work for L. Ron Hubbard, to say the least." he is quoted as saying. "You see, it's the job of both the Church and the Government to control things. I know whereof I speak. I've been close to the top in both (as a State Senator in Arizona and as Commodore's Staff in the Church of Scientology)." [pg. 161] Review by Modemac: "...a very strange, spaced out "New Age" book .. that goes off into a world of its own, explaining how they have sex in other solar systems in our Galaxy. I bought this [book] for the laughs it provided (did you know there is no PMS in the Pleiades?), but I was surprised to learn that its author is apparently a former member of Scientology.)
Gods of Eden, the. Bramley, William. Avon Books, New York. 1990. ISBN: 038-071-8073 paperback. (Book about UFOs Given the following stirring review by a Scientology OSA PR: "For everyone's info, Bramley is actually an ex-Scientologist and a squirrel. His book, the "Gods of Eden", though entertaining, falls fully under the HCO policy Safeguarding Technology. ML, Cory".)
Handbook of Forensic Psychology: Wiley Series on Personality Processes. Weiner, Irving B. and Allen K. Hess, editors. John Wiley & Sons, New York. 1987. (See chapter "Consulting and testifying in court", pages 529-554 by Margaret Thaler Singer and Abraham Nievod.)
Heads. Bear, Greg. Tor Books. 1990 ISBN: 081-251-9965 (Science fiction about an organization that looks a lot like Scientology.)
Hidden Persuaders, the: What Makes us Buy, Believe - and Even Vote - the Way we do? Packard, Vance. David McKay Company, New York. 1957. (The techniques the admen use to control us, and how everyday these manipulations are.)
How do you Know it's True? Discovering the Difference Between Science and Superstition. Ruchlis, Hyman. Prometheus Books, Buffalo, New York. 1991. ISBN: 087-975-6578 (Discusses the difference between science and superstition, the basic nature of science as a way of thinking, and the ways in which amazing events can be explained rationally.)
How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life. Gilovich, Thomas. (An investigation in to how even highly educated people become convinced of the validity of questionable or demonstrably false beliefs about the world, and the unfortunate impact of these beliefs.)
Making Monsters. Ofshe, Richard and Elthan Watters. Andre Deutsch, London. Charles Scribner's Sons, USA. 1995. ISBN: 023-398-9579. (This book is a must for anyone who wants to understand Dianetics, the hypnotic psuedo-scientific therapy which is practiced by Scientology and is known as Dianetic auditing. It relies upon recovering memories in the present life and past lives of a person. Recovered memories are prone to extreme inaccuracy; this is especially true of memories recovered via hypnosis. Scientologists are taught that these recovered memories are the cause of their problems. This book describes a recovered memory movement, demonstrates how false memories are recovered, and why this is dangerous.)
Manchurian Candidate, the. Condon, Richard. McGraw-Hill, New York. 1959. Jove Books, 1988. ISBN: 051-509-4412. (A fictional look at brainwashing's use in programming an assassin.)
Mein Kampf. Hitler, Adolf. Hurst and Blackett, London. 1942. (For those who don't think it could happen to them, that they are somehow mystically above cultism and brainwashing due to a more powerful "free will" or perhaps more intelligence or individuality than cult victims - take a look at history. If millions of people and an entire country can get swept up in this kind of thinking, what makes you so special?)
Mind Game. Spinrad, Norman. Jove Books. 1980. (A fictional look at a cult that resembles Scientology more than a little.)
Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell, George. Penguin, Middlesex, England. 1954. (There are so many parallels between Scientology and this book that the reader could think Hubbard not only wrote SF, he read it and actually emulated it from time to time. Goldberg = Mayo, Newspeak = Scientologese, and mind-control throughout. 1984 did happen, but only to a select few people living in dictatorships - and inside cults.)
Occult Establishment, the. Webb, James. La Salle 1976. ISBN: 091-205-056X.
Organization Man, the. Whyte, William H. Simon & Schuster, New York. 1956.
On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War. Summers, Harry G. Dell Books, New York. 1982. ISBN: 044-016-7248. (See how many parallels you can draw between the US army and Scientology.)
Ritual Magic in England. King, Francis. (Contains letters written by Aleister Crowley mentioning L. Ron Hubbard, who considered Crowley a friend. Sadly for Hubbard, the feeling was far from mutual; Crowley seemed to think Hubbard was nothing more than a con-man and a lout. Perceptive man.)
Subliminal Seduction. Key, Bryan Wilson. Prentice-Hall, New York. 1973. (How admen persuade and manipulate us in the pervasive mass media.)
That Hideous Strength: a Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups. Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples). The Bodley Head, London. 1945, 1976. ISBN: 037-000-5355X.
Third Reich of Dreams, the. Beradt, Charlotte. Quadrangle Books, Chicago. 1966.
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Scientology is a world-wide cult that has a strong presence in non-English-speaking countries in Europe and elsewhere. Here are some of the critical books worth looking into for those who are lucky enough to have command over another language.
L'endoctrinement. Reboul, Olivier. (see "Indoctrination" for translation.) Presses Universitaires de France, Paris. 1977. (Reboul is a professor of philosophy, who taught in the early 70s in Montreal and later in Strasbourg, France.)
Scientology. Gr|nborg, Jan. Aarhus 1983. ISBN: 878-762-6128
Scientology - Das Komplott und die Kumpane. Hartwig, Renate.
Scientology - Die Zeitbombe in der Wirtschaft. Hartwig, Renate.
Scientology - ich klage an! (Scientology - I accuse) Hartwig, Renate. Augsburg: Pattloch. 1994. ISBN: 362-900-637X (288 pages; German.)
Scientology - Magie Des 20. Jahrhunderts. Haack, Friedrich-Wilhelm. M~nchen 1982. ISBN: 353-262-0030 (Haack is described as "probably Europe's leading expert on Scientology".)
Scientology und (k)ein Ende. Voltz, Tom.
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These are books that have been documented as influencing Hubbard or have been cited by Hubbard himself, and are included to lend insight into Hubbard's mind set while creating his charismatic cult. Several are even used in the cult as references.
Art of War, the. Sun-tzu. Translated by Samuel B. Griffith. Claredon Press, Oxford. 1982. (How the cult learned to do battle with its perceived enemies; purported cult reference used at high levels in the GO/OSA. There is also an old translation by Lionel Giles, but Griffith is better.)
Big League Sales Closing Techniques. Dane, Les. (Used to teach the all-important salesmen of salvation, the Scientology Registrars or Regges who sell raw meat wogs the $360,000 bridge to total bankruptcy.)
Book of the Law. Crowley, Aleister. Thelema Publications, King-Beach, California. 1976. (Hubbard picked up a few pointers from the Beast 666 via Jack Parsons and the OTO; Crowley was an important influence on Hubbard and thus on Scientology.)
Manhood of Humanity. Korzybski, Alfred. The Haddon Craftsmen, Inc., Scranton Pennsylvania. 1974 (3rd edition). (Korzybski was one of Hubbard's many sources for his Dianetics. "He was popularized by A. E. Van Vogt who used his ideas in several science fiction works. There is an 'Institute of General Semantics' in [Lakeville] Connecticut, who still run courses on his teachings." - Ralph Hilton. Note: last I checked, there was a tape of Korzybski's that could be ordered through the local bookstore. See also "Science and Sanity".)
Prince, the. Machiavelli, Niccolo. Translated by George Bull. Penguin Books, London. 1981. (One of Hubbard's favorite books; looks like he got the message.)
Science and Sanity. Korzybski, Count Alfred Habdank Skarbek. Institute of General Semantics, Lakeville, Connecticut. 1933. (Another of Hubbard's numerous influences; see Martin Gardner's Fads & Fallacies in the Name of Science for more on the count. "...contains the main contribution to Dianetics that I have seen. He put forward the A=A idea that appears in DMSMH. Korzybski was much heavier reading than Hubbard. It took me several hours a day for 2 weeks to wade through Science and Sanity." - Ralph Hilton. See also "Manhood of Humanity".)
Scientologie 34. Nordenholz, A. Translated by W. R. McPheeters. (Plagiarism? Hubbard probably didn't understand the word. There's no evidence Hubbard read this book, but it bears some striking resemblance to aspects of the cult which came after, including axioms and those ubiquitous words ending in "ness".)
Studies in the Dynamics of Behavior. Lashley. University of Chicago Press, 1932. (Lashley and his students Stone, Darrow, Landis, and Heath report on their early work using GSR, galvanic skin response, and use the term "engram.")
Twelve Against the Gods. Bolithos, William. (In a 1952 lecture and an interview published by the Rocky Mountain News in February 1983, Hubbard described this as his favorite work of non-fiction. One of the twelve people to whom a chapter is dedicated is Mahomet, whom Bolithos describes as a conniving psychopath.)
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Scientology has gone through several schizms over the years as good people were directly driven out of the cult by ruthless dictators or driven away by the totalitarian aspects of Scientology. Many of these have kept faith in the auditing "technology" cum quack-therapy they learned while in the cult, and they are a loose collection of individuals often referred to as the freezone: this section covers some of their books. These books may provide much insight into how auditing is done, as well as providing an important crutch to escapees who feel they need it now they are away from the fix the cult used to provide. I just hope the freezone stays as uncult-like as it is at present, and doesn't fall into the trap Hubbard carefully laid to garner money and power for himself. More can be read about the freezone in the newsgroup alt.clearing.technology.
Beyond Psychology; An Introduction to Metapsychology. Gerbode, Frank A. 1988. ("Metapsychology is an offshoot from Scientology started by [Gerbode] who used to run a Scientology franchise in Palo Alto. The book rewrites the basic principles of Scientology using a different vocabulary. It is designed with the intent of appealing to mainstream psychologists. In the early 80's Frank (usually known as Serge) worked with David Mayo. They concentrate on the lower levels of Scientology and have removed references to upper level controversial data which as far as I know they do not currently use." - Ralph Hilton)
Excalibur Revisited: the Akashic Book of Truth. Filbert, Geoffrey C.
Akashic Applications of Scientology, the New Bridge Supply Company
for the benefit of the Free Zone. 1982. (Extensive look into
Scientology "tech" for those who believe there's still something
there. Very good look into the Freezone philosophy.) Review and
Healing Spirit, the. Vien, Enid. Dynamism Publications, La Mesa, California. 1995. ISBN: 096-483-300X (Enid is a former Scientologist and posts to ars from time to time. This book covers her philosophy about Dynamis or life force and how to use it for healing; includes many Scientological ideas and parallels.) See also "Scars on the Soul" and "Mood-Swings."
Mood-Swings. Vien, Enid. Dynamism Publications, La Mesa, Ca. 1996. ISBN 9648330-2-6 (Enid is a former Scientologist who posts to ars from time to time.) See also "Scars on the Soul" and "The Healing Spirit."
Pied Pipers of Heaven, the - Who Calls the Tune? Kin, L. Edition ScienTerra a subdivision of VAP publishers Weisbaden, Germany. 1994. ISBN: 392-236-7283. (Largely from the Ron's Org, Captain Bill's, perspective - but quite interesting for ex-scns. - email@example.com)
Scars on the Soul. Vien, Enid. Dynamism Publications, La Mesa, Ca. 1996. ISBN 9648330-1-8 (Enid is a former Scientologist who posts to ars from time to time.) See also "Mood-Swings" and "The Healing Spirit."
Scientology: A Handbook for Use Volume 2 The Procedures: Professional Application. Kin, L. Edition ScienTerra, a subdivision of VAP publishers Weisbaden, Germany. 1992. ISBN: 392-236-7275. (Scn from a Freezone perspective.)
Scientology: More than a Cult? From Crusade to Rip-Off: The Principles Unveiled. Kin, L. Edition ScienTerra, a subdivision of VAP publishers, Weisbaden, Germany. 1991. ISBN: 392-236-7267. (Scn from a Freezone perspective.)
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These are books that take a step into a shadowy world of Guardian's Office propaganda a la Pravda, and are vanity press books and others written by Scientologists or by people influenced or bought by Scientology. Most are published by Scientology itself under cult publication operations like SAA, Bridge, or HCO, the Hubbard Communications Office. Others used legitimate publishers, but were commissioned by the cult for PR and propaganda purposes such as whitewashing the cult or painting its perceived enemies with a broad black brush. If you like Stalin's musings and the works of Mao, you'll be at home with this stuff; otherwise, stay away from books that use the newspeak-named Freedom Magazine as their main reference. See the next section for books written by Hubbard himself.
Diet for a Poisoned Planet. David Steinman. 1990. (Utilizes the Purification process "detoxification" and cites Hubbard. The book also plugs HealthMed, a chain of clinics run by Scientologists. Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop labeled the book "trash," while the Food and Drug Administration issued a paper that claims Steinman distorts his facts. "HealthMed is a gateway to Scientology, and Steinman's book is a sorting mechanism," says physician William Jarvis, who is head of the National Council Against Health Fraud. Steinman, who describes Hubbard favorably as a "researcher," denies any ties to the cult and says that HealthMed has no affiliation with Scientology. Where have I heard than line before?)
Free Money!: how to win sweepstakes - according to the judges. Minshull, Ruth. SAA (Scientology Ann Arbor) Publishing, Northport, Mich. 1985. (Let me guess; form your own religion a make a million dollars?)
Hate and Propaganda - the Anatomy of Hate. Scientology publication. 1992. (It was published as a counter-propaganda measure against the assault it was receiving in Germany. [It contains] pages of pictures drawing parallels between the Nazi depiction of Jews, and the critics depiction of Scientologists, unflattering pictures of German politicians who were opposed to the CoS, cries of how Scientologists were receiving death threats, etc. - Kim Baker.)
Help Your Child in School. Percy, Bernard. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 1980. ISBN: 013-386-2356 and 013-386-2275. (Written by Scientologist Bernard Percy; does he recommend making little Plasticine models? How about doing some confronting drills?)
Hidden Story of Scientology, the. Garrison, Omar V. Arlington Books, London. 1974. Citadal Press, a division of Lyle Stuart, Secaucus, New Jersey. 1974. ISBN: 080-650-4404. (A puff-piece commissioned by the cult in an effort to create a positive PR image by an "outsider"; too bad it's impossible to buy a good rep. Garrison regrets ever getting in bed with the cult, but hindsight is 20/20.)
How to Choose Your People. Minshull, Ruth. SAA (Scientology Ann Arbor), Ann Arbor, Mich. 1972, 1980. (A Scientologist explains the cult's bizarre Tone Scale of all human emotional states. Happiness isn't included on it, of course.)
Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard, the. Widder, William J. Bridge Publications. 1994. (A comprehensive bibliography and reference guide to published and selected unpublished works. Illustrated.)
How to Grow a Child: a Child's Advice to Parents. Percy, Bernard Ed. Price/Stern/Sloan, Los Angeles. 1978. (How to grow a child: keep them in the dark and feed them BS, right? They'll sprout up like mushrooms. Read it and see if you can spot any of Hubbard's sick 'n twisted ideas. Perhaps there's mention of throwing children in dark, dangerous chain lockers shipboard for days at a time, one of Hubbard's tools for growing little children. But then, they were billion-year-old beings just shirking responsibility by not putting in 18 hour days. They were fully *responsible* for their *condition*.)
Interpol Connection, the. Trevor Meldal-Johnsen and Robert Vaughn Young. Dial Press. (Along with the Secret World of Interpol, this was aimed at discrediting the organization - or perhaps it reveals the true nature of Interpol. The book barely mentions the cult, yet the motive and support for the book came from Scientology. Hubbard had paranoid delusions that German psychiatrists were out to get him, and they were using Interpol as a means to that evil end. Thus, he wanted Interpol destroyed. Strangely, they seem to be bedfellows now, which stinks of GOSA's covert operations and infiltrations.)
Logic Puzzles. Minshull, Ruth. SAA (Scientology Ann Arbor) Publishing, Ann Arbor, Mich. 1980. ISBN: 093-792-2005 (NOTES: "Includes instructions for beginners, solving charts and answers. Puzzles which may be used as an introduction to logical thinking." Apparently, the logic taught isn't good enough to figure out how to escape the clutches of one of the world's largest and ugliest cults!)
Miracles for Breakfast: a Startling New Approach to Raising Children. Minshull, Ruth. SAA (Scientology Ann Arbor), Ann Arbor, Mich. 1968, 1972. (A person in the cult of Scientology explains the proper way to raise children. May we assume that feeding them milk for breakfast with maggots in it is part of the technique?)
Playing Dirty: the Secret War Against Beliefs. Garrison, Omar V. Ralston-Pilot, Los Angeles. 1980. ISBN: 093-111-604X. (Playing Dirty was a commissioned book which portrayed the US government and FBI as gestapo for daring to catch the Scientologists infiltrating government offices and stealing documents. Garrison has since sworn off his affiliation with Scientology. Contains amusingly melodramatic photos of smashed doors from an FBI raid on the Cedars Complex.)
Scientology for the Millions. Braddeson, Walter. Sherbourne, Los Angeles. 1969.
Secrets of Making Layouts for Quick Printing, the. Minshull, Ruth. SAA (Scientology Ann Arbor) Publishing, Ann Arbor, Mich. 1982. ISBN: 093-792-2064 (A tiny book about making layouts. Ruth must have worked in the pubs division making little glossy propaganda pamphlets for Scientology.)
Secret World of Interpol, the. Garrison, Omar. Ralston-Pilot, Inc., Los Angeles. 1976. (Commissioned by the GO as part of the Snow White campaign; a paranoid conspiracy book that likens Interpol to the Nazi SS.)
Summary of Scientology. Horner, Jack.
This is Life: an Introduction to Scientology. Sharpe, Reg. Hubbard Communications Office. Copyright 1963 by L. Ron Hubbard. (The book contains the usual Scientology crap, not a very interesting read. However, there is one interesting thing about it. It is dedicated to "*Dr.* L. Ron Hubbard and Mary Sue Hubbard". That must be his Sequoia U. degree <snigger>.)
Truth About Scientology, the. Meldal-Johnson, Trevor and Patrick Lusey. Grosset & Dunlap, New York. 1980. Tempo Books, New York. 1980. ISBN: 044-182-6303 (TAS is one of the "forgotten" books now, something that will not be cited by Scientology. Includes 16 pages of B&W photos. Its creation was directed by the GO; it was published to try to offset the horrible PR image created from the 1977 FBI raid, which starts the book. GO staff are heavily quoted. An explanation about the raid is that the FBI raided COS because of the COS's "reform" actions. No mention is made of the breakins etc., even though the media had been headlining it for years. Tons of other delightful quotes and stories. 273 pages.)
Ups and Downs. Minshull, Ruth. SAA (Scientology Ann Arbor) Publishing, Ann Arbor, Mich. 1976. ("The Application series: 3. `A Dianetics publication.' Subject: Emotions. Scientology." A PTS/SP course in miniature?)
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This is a listing of books by Hubbard, the founder of the Scientology cult. For deep insight into the cult, go to Source; Hubbard revealed himself far too much in many of these books, and a critical reader will delight in slogging through endless turgid prose to find gems containing profound absurdities, racist remarks, ridiculous ideas, pseudo-scientific bafflegab, plans to subjugate the masses, and plots to take over the world ("clear the planet").
The following books are all published by Bridge Publications Inc. in the United States of America and New Era Publications International for all other countries, both wholly owned cult subsidiaries, and copyrights are held by the L. Ron Hubbard Library. It should be noted that many of these books have been doctored over time to pretty Hubbard up for the shiny new public image his PR department is relentlessly slaving away to achieve flying in the face of his documented history - a thankless job. Thus, older is better, and more likely to be authentic Hubbard at his sexist, racist, paranoid best.
In addition, Hubbard recorded some 3,000 audio tapes, which can be found on antiquated reel-to-reels and cassettes using "revolutionary" ClearSound(tm) technology, which contain some of his best insane rantings for the connoisseur of that sort of thing.
L. Ron Hubbard was a prolific pulp writer in the 30's and 40's. He wrote in several genres, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Western, and Adventure, under different pseudonyms.
Here are some of Hubbard's pulp short stories and novels:
Note that there is some dispute that Hubbard wrote the Mission Earth Dekalogy, as he died in 1986. He was also reported to be in poor shape from heart attacks and strokes prior to that, and was supposedly mentally enfeebled beyond an ability to write such a huge volume of material. The style is also somewhat out of character, and one theory is that these books may have been written as a PR ploy by the cult done to lend more stature to Hubbard's name in the SF genre, where he never had much success - he referred to himself as a "penny-a-word" Science Fiction writer, which would mean he was paid only $1000 for a 100,000 word book.
Here are two reviews of Mission Earth:
The New York Times: "A paralyzingly slow-moving adventure enlivened by interludes of kinky sex, sendups of effeminate homosexuals and a disregard of conventional grammar so global as to suggest a satire on the possiblity of communication through language."
The LA Times:"Parts of 'The Invaders Plan' [The first volume] read as if poorly translated from the Japanese. 'The blastgun barrel was into my stomach with violence!' goes one entire paragraph, characteristically substituting typographical stridence for the crisp prose and well-visualized action so conspicuously absent from the book."
In addition to the material listed, Hubbard also did many video tapes and made a few dozen short films for "training" purposes and for advertising his new cult. If you get the chance, catch some of these films; they range from weirdness that makes Eraserhead look mundane, to absolute ranting insanity, to dull and boring films about the E-meter's needle movements, to pseudo-scientific expositions that would make any loony crank proud.
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Articles in newspapers and magazines on the cult date back to its inception in the 1950s; I have included all that I could find here, but this is undoubtedly far from a complete listing, and only contains a fraction of what is out there. Readers are urged to take advantage of the vast array of extant journalistic material.
"Another View of Scientology." Simmons-Hight, Linds, Media Relations Director, Church of Scientology International. The Quill, Jan 1994.
"A-R-C Triangle, the" Hubbard, L. Ron. Chemical Business, pages 72-77, Aug 1995. (What does scientology have to do with the chemical industry?)
"Attacks on Peripheral Versus Central Elements of Self and the Impact of Thought Reforming Techniques." Ofshe, Richard and Margaret T. Singer. Cultic Studies Journal v3 (n1) pages 3-24, Spring-Summer 1986.
"Coming Out of the Cults." Singer, Margaret Thaler. Psychology Today, January 1979.
"Cults, Coercion, and Contumely." Singer, Margaret T. and Marsha E. Addis. Cultic Studies Journal v9 (n2) pages 163-189, 1992.
"Cults What Are They, Why Now." Singer, Margaret Thaler. Forecast for Home Economics, May/June 1979.
"Dangerous New Cult of Scientology, the." Parents Magazine. June 1969.
"Deflection of Energy as a Result of Birth Trauma, and its Bearing Upon Character Formation." Pailthorpe, Grace W. Psychoanalytic Review 28:3 pages 305-326, July 1941.
"Departure in Dianetics." Time, 3 September 1951, page 51. (Dr. Joseph Winter breaks ties with LRH, publishes his own book.)
"Dianetic Therapy: an Experimental Evaluation." Fischer, Harvey Jay. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation. School of Education, New York University, 1953. 52 pages long.
"Disqualification of Federal District Judges - Problems and Proposals." Kobrin, Helena Kempner. Seton Hall Law Review, Spring 1976, Volume 7 #3 page 612. (An article on recusal by the 'Ho herself!)
"Do you Want to Buy a Bridge?" Ebner, Mark. Spy, February 1996.
"Experimental Investigation of Hubbard's Engram Hypothesis, an." Fox, Jack, Alvin E. Davis, and B. Lebovits. Psychological Newsletter 10 pages 131-134, 1959. (Deals with Dianetics.)
"Field Research in High to Maximal Stress Situations: A Commentary." Singer, Margaret T. Journal of Applied Social Psychology v22 (n20) pages 1625-1630, Oct 1992.
"Follow-ups: Shamed in Spain." Fortune v119 n2 page 16, Jan 16 1989. (Heber Jentzsch, head of Church of Scientology arrested in Spain.)
"From Science-fiction to Fiction-science." Hayakawa, S.I. Etc.: A Review of General Semantics vol 8 (4) pages 280-293, 1951.
"Have You Ever Been a Boo-Hoo?" Saturday Evening Post. 21 March 21 1964.
"How Cults Bilk us All." Williams, Carson. Reader's Digest, November 1979.
"In Cyberspace Nobody Can Hear You Scream". Probably Cause, Miami. c. May, 1996. (Front page article is about Scientoloy's crusade to wipe out mention of their "sacred texts" on the internet. It mentions the Dennis Erlich Raid.)
"Information Disease: Have Cults Created a New Mental Illness?" Conway, Flo, and Jim Siegelman. Science Digest, January 1982.
"Letters to the Editor." (From LRH) Time, 14 August 1950, pages 2 & 4.
"Making Law, Making Enemies" Frankel, Alison. American Lawyer, March
"Meddling with Minds." Time, 23 August 1968 page 40. (Scientology's troubles with the UK government.)
"Ministry of Fear; Scandal Rocks Scientology as the Founder's Wife Goes to Prison and his Son Turns Prosecution Witness." Saar, John. People Weekly v19 page 84, Jan 24 1983.
"Mystery of the Vanished Ruler." Time v121 page 64, Jan 31 1983.
"Of Two Minds." Time, 24 July 1950 page 64. (All about Dianetics.)
"Other People's Faiths: The Scientology Litigation and the Justiciability of Religious Fraud." Heins, Marjorie. Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 9:153, Fall 1981. (A judge associated with the ACLU.)
"Other Side of L. Ron Hubbard, Jr., the." Ron deWolf. Penthouse feedback, Penthouse v15 page 28, Jan 1984.
"Poor Man's Psychoanalysis? Observations on Dianetics." Wallis, Roy. (In the first issue of The Skeptical Inquirer: the Zetetic.)
"Preliminary Study of the Psychic Life of the Fetus and the Primary Germ." Sadger, J. Psychoanalytic Review 28:3 p.333, July 1941.
"Prisoners of Saint Hill, the." Kelsey, Tim and Mike Ricks. The Independent (United Kingdom), Jan 31 1994.
"Prophet and Profits of Scientology, the." Behar, Richard. Forbes v138 page 314, October 27 1986.
"Psychotherapy Cults." Singer, Margaret T., with Maurice K. Temerlin and Michael D. Langone. Cultic Studies Journal v7 (n2) pages 101-125, 1990.
"Recovered-Memory Therapy and Robust Repression: Influence and Pseudomemories." Ofshe, Richard J. and Margaret Thaler Singer. Special Issue: Hypnosis and delayed recall: I. International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis v42 (n4) pages 391-410, Oct 1994.
"Remember Venus?" Time, 22 December 1952 page 34. (LRH introduces the word "scientology", the E-meter, and the idea of past-life engrams, possibly on other planets.)
"Scientologists Plotted to Frame a Critic as a Criminal, Files Show." Gordon, Gregory. Boston Globe, 24 November 1979.
"Scientologists Report Assets of $400 Million." Hershey, Jr., Robert D. New York Times A 12:1, Oct 22 1993.
"Scientology: a Dangerous Cult Goes Mainstream." Reader's Digest v139 pages 87-92, October 1991.
"Scientology: Anatomy of a Frightening Cult." Methvin, Eugene H. Reader's Digest, May 1980.
"Scientology - An in-Depth Profile of a New Force in Clearwater." St. Petersburg Times [Florida], 1980. (Pulitzer Prizer Winning Expose; 34 pages long.)
"Scientology: A Long Trail of Controversy." Los Angeles Times. 27 August 27 1978.
"Scientology `Dirty Tricks' Campaign Against CSICOP, a." Frazier, Kendrick. Skeptical Inquirer vol 4 no. 3 pages 8-10, Spring 1980.
"Scientology From the Inside Uut and How to Fool the Press." Young, Robert Vaughn. Quill, v81 n9, pages 38-41, Nov 1993.
"Scientology Plot Against State Official." Henderson, Bruce. Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, 29 May 1980.
"Scientology's War Against Judges" Stewart, James B. American Lawyer,
December, 1980. (Same guy did "Blood Sport".)
"Scientology Story, the: A Special Report." Welkos, Robert W. and Joel Sappell. Los Angeles Times. Six part series, June 24-29 1990.
"Scientology: The Sickness Spreads." Reader's Digest, September 1981.
"Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power." Behar, Richard. Time v137 pages 50-57, May 6 1991. (Cover story.)
"Scientology: To Be Perfectly Clear." Bainbridge, William Sims and Rodney Stark. Sociological Analysis, vol 41 pages 128-136 Summer 1980. (Advances a theory to explain the apparent success of Scientology in raising 16,000 of its members to a superhuman level of functioning known as "clear." It is argued that empirical evidence does not support this claim and that the state of "clear" is not a state of personal development at all, but a social status conferring honor within the cult's status system and demanding certain kinds of behavior from the person labeled clear. - firstname.lastname@example.org)
"See You In Court." Miller, Russell. Punch, page 46, Feb 19 1988.
"Sleep Deprivation: the Context of Consciousness." Morris, Gary O. and Margaret T. Singer. Journal of Nervous + Mental Disease v143 (n4) pages 291-304, 1966.
"Therapy with Ex-Cult Members." Singer, Margaret T. Journal of the National Association of Private Psychiatric Hospitals v9 (n4) pages 14-18, Summer 1978.
"Thought Reform of Western Civilians in Chinese Communist Prisons." Lifton, Robert J. Psychiatry vol 9 pages 385-402 1957.
"Thought Reform Programs and the Production of Psychiatric Casualties." Singer, Margaret T. and Richard Ofshe. Virginia Tarlow Memorial Lecture (1987, Chicago, Illinois.) Psychiatric Annals v20 (n4) pages 188-193, April 1990.
"Towards a Science of the Nuclear Mind: Science-fiction Origins of Dianetics." Berger, Albert I. Science Fiction Studies vol 16 page 135, 1989.
"Two Faces of Scientology, the." Horne, William. American Lawyer, July,
1992. (The next two issues after this had many letters from CoS
lawyers, including Helena Kobrin, Eric Lieberman, and Earle Cooley,
"Undue Influence and Written Documents: Psychological Aspects." Singer, Margaret T. Cultic Studies Journal v10 (n1) pages 19-32, 1993.
"Victory for the Scientologists." (U.S. federal court orders FDA to return confiscated E-meters.) Time, 14 February 1969 pages 76 & 79.
"What is the Therapeutic Value of Abreaction?" Thornton, Nathaniel. Psychoanalytic Review 36 page 411, 1949.
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