Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

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Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
Author Janet Reitman
Country United States
Language English
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 464
ISBN 978-0-618-88302-8

Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion is a 2011 book by journalist Janet Reitman that examines the Church of Scientology.[1] Reitman, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, began studying the church in 2005. She published an article in Rolling Stone about Scientology the next year and continued her research for five years.[2]

The book covers the history of Scientology and discusses prominent Scientologists such as L. Ron Hubbard and Tom Cruise.[3] It details the church's business model under the leadership of David Miscavige.[4] It also describes Scientology controversies, such as the Death of Lisa McPherson. The book devotes some attention to Scientology's broader teachings.[5]

After its release the book was criticized by the Church of Scientology. A spokesperson for the church alleged that the book was poorly researched and contained numerous inaccuracies. Reitman disputed their claims, maintaining that she did extensive research.[6]


  1. ^ "Reporter Janet Reitman Peers 'Inside Scientology'". National Public Radio. July 23, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ Grose, Jessica (July 8, 2011). "Questions for Janet Reitman". Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lang, Brent (July 29, 2011). "'Inside Scientology' Author: 'They Have the Goods on Everybody'". Reuters. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ Saker, Anne (July 23, 2011). "'Inside Scientology' review: Janet Reitman gives a scrupulous look at Scientology's six decades". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Winston, Diane (July 14, 2011). ""Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion" by Janet Reitman". Washington Post. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Lang, Brent (August 1, 2011). "Scientology Hits Back: 'Inside Scientology' Filled with Inaccuracies". Reuters. Retrieved August 4, 2011.