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Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He is the author of a novel, God's Favorite, and has also authored six previous books of nonfiction--City Children, Country Summer; In the New World; Saints and Sinners; Remembering Satan; Twins; and The Looming Tower. The Looming Tower received many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is also a screenwriter and a playwright. He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas. Lawrence Wright official website: http: //www.lawrencewright.com/
After years of extensive research, countless interviews and testimonials, and innumerable hours spent plowing through archives, New Yorker staff writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Wright offers this absolutely compelling account of the Church of Scientology. Narrated by Morton Sellers, the book is a shocking look at what many have come to view as a cult. Not one for theatrics, Sellers lets the material speak for itself. His delivery is straightforward and understated, allowing the astonishing accounts presented to take center stage. That said, Sellers is able to keep his audience engaged for the duration, never resorting to over-the-top theatrics, despite some of the more-than-colorful, character-driven, real-life accounts that pop up throughout. All in all, this is an endlessly fascinating look at one of the most controversial organizations operating in the world today. A Knopf hardcover. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"An utterly necessary story. . . . A feat of reporting." --The Wall Street Journal "Brings a clear-eyed, investigative fearlessness to Scientology . . . a rollicking, if deeply creepy, narrative ride, evidence that truth can be stranger even than science fiction." --The Washington Post "A hotly compelling read. It's a minutiae-packed book full of wild stories." --The New York Times "Courageous. . . . Devastating . . . will come as news even to hardened Scientology buffs who follow the Church's every twist and turn." --The Daily Beast "Essential reading. . . . Lawrence Wright bend[s] over backward to be fair to Scientology. . . . This makes the book's indictment that much more powerful." --The New York Times Book Review "Not to be read home alone on a stormy night: Going Clear, Lawrence Wright's scary book about Scientology and its influence. . . . It's a true horror story, the most comprehensive among a number of books published on the subject in the past few years, many of them personal accounts by people who have managed to escape or were evicted from the clutches of a group they came to feel was destroying them. . . . Wright's book is a tribute to fact-checkers as well as to his personal courage." --The New York Review of Books "Insightful, gripping, and ultimately tragic." --The Boston Globe "A fearless, compelling, exhaustive work of muckraking journalism and a masterpiece of storytelling. . . . A ripping yarn about ego, money, abuse, faith, and the corrupting nature of power when wielded by the wrong people. It's as lurid, pulpy, and preposterous-seeming as anything Hubbard or Haggis ever wrote, but it's much better, because it has the benefit of being true." --The A.V. Club "Invaluable. . . . Completely and conclusively damning." --Salon "Who'd have thought a history of religion would offer so many guilty pleasures? Lawrence Wright's enthralling account of Scientology's rise brims with celebrity scandal. To anyone who gets a sugar rush from Hollywood gossip, the chapters on Tom Cruise and John Travolta will feel like eating a case of Ding Dongs." --Los Angeles Times "Admirably judicious and thoroughly researched. . . . Being Clear is an inducement to darkness and disarray. You may laugh at it at first, but get ready to weep." --The Guardian (London) "Not only a titillating exposï¿½ on the reported 'you're kidding me' aspects of the religion, but a powerful examination of belief itself." --Entertainment Weekly "A fascinating read, and a chilling one. . . . The power in Wright's book lies as much in his meticulous investigative reporting as in his evenhanded approach." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Absorbing and important. . . . Scrupulous parsing is vintage Wright; his footnotes are as vital as those of any nonfiction writer alive." --The Plain Dealer "Mr. Wright's reportorial techniques seem impeccable. . . . Lawrence Wright shines a light on a world that prefers to keep its players off stage, and the public in the dark." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A powerful piece of reportage. . . . Detailed, intense and at times shocking." --The Miami Herald "Wholly engrossing stuff." --The Austin Chronicle "Wright's brave reporting offers an essential reality test. . . . Poses larger questions about the nature of belief." --Publishers Weekly "Devastating. . . . Wholly compelling. . . . Each page delivers startling facts that need no elaboration." --Kirkus Reviews (starred) "Jaw-dropping. . . . A fascinating look behind the curtain of an organization whose ambition and influence are often at odds with its secretive ways."--Booklist