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

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Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
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Author Janet Reitman
Country United States
Language English
Subject Church of Scientology
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
2011
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 in which the author 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]

According to a review published on The Village Voice, Reitman's book is a "stunning overview of everything" and calls the author a "thorough, brave journalist."[7]

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