Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
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Nominated by Foreword Magazine as 2009 Book of the Year Award Finalist. Marc Headley provides a rare, never before seen insider's look at life inside Scientology. He spent 15 years employed at their secret headquarters, the sprawling 500 acre property located deep in the California desert. The local townspeople were told that Scientology lectures and films were being made there. But is that all that is happening there? It is the location of a multi-million dollar home for L. Ron Hubbard, built two decades after his controversial death. It is the home of Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige. Rumor has it that high ranking Scientology celebrities such as Tom Cruise have been there. So what really happens at the Int Base? Are the stories on the internet true? How does Scientology conduct management of its day to day operations? Reports from former members have shown up here and there over the past 20 years. Could stories of armed guards, weapons, staff beatings, and razor wire fences surrounding the entire property be true? If so, how could a facility like this exist in modern day America? Hundreds of staff had made attempts to escape over the years. Some had succeeded but had never been seen or heard of again, but most had failed. Marc knew it would not be easy getting out of the Scientology compound. Why were people kept here? Why did more people not attempt to escape over the years? What was it that went on at the International headquarters of Scientology? This is the story of what happened behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology.
Interesting introspective into Scientology and other Groups
For years, I have read of numerous negative news stories, personal experiences and campaigns against The Church of Scientology, but I never understood why these claims were being made. Mr. Headly's book can help us understand the reason why people choose to bravely stand against this group.
This story is an account of Headly's life with the chruch, from his younger years in the outskirts in the "public" to his years of service on the inside in the SeaOrg. It is a stunning portrait of what life is like under the rules and customs of Scientology. If you've ever had any questions about "what kind of culture does a Scientologist abide by?", then this book will give you a few answers, albeit from a viewpoint that is not totally supportive of such culture. The book is also a good way to understand the terminology of Scientology, it is riddled with the various abbreviations and newspeak style words that are particular to the group, and it includes a very handy and length glossary of Scientology related words.
Overall the book is a dissent against injustices suffered at the hands of an oppressive religious organization, and for those of us who think too much, it also forces us to think if similar abuses are being carried out in other groups as well.
I couldn't put this book down. I am still wrapping my head around all that these people have been through.
Just a short note. Marc does a great job describing what he went through....making you feel (way) better about your own life as a result. Too often in this book, I found myself saying, "How could this happen here now?"
Ironically, I am a HUGE fan of both Depeche Mode and The John & Ken Show (KFI 640 AM, Los Angeles), so I personally found the ending particularly satisfying.
I've also been on the Gold Int (Golden Era Productions) campus incidentally to do work there recently. And now that I've read this book, I am freaked out that I was ever there.
Regardless, A GREAT READ. BUY THIS BOOK!!!