Best Account of Life in Scientology? Jon Atack Makes the Case for Counterfeit Dreams - 2013-07-06

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F347.png Best Account of Life in Scientology? Jon Atack Makes the Case for Counterfeit Dreams July 6, 2013, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He now has a new edition of the book out, and on Saturdays he's helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.

This week, Jon sent us some thoughts about books written by people who had left Scientology and then described their experiences. We were pleased to see him single out for praise a book that we've also held in high esteem.

JON: There have been several excellent first-hand accounts of life in Scientology, starting in 1951, with Dr. Joseph Winter's balanced (and exasperated) Doctor's Report on Dianetics, which was commissioned by Art Ceppos, after he stopped publication of L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, having realized that it was fraudulent (who ever heard of a publisher canning a best-seller?). Helen O'Brien's Dianetics in Limbo is heart-rending. She headed the Hubbard organization during the Philadelphia 'Doctorate' Course, but only managed to find 38 people keen enough on Hubbard to attend. The description of her partner's descent into suicide, because Hubbard's 'Tech' failed to help him, is particularly disturbing.


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