Alli’s #CBR4 Review #34: Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman
Scientology is a fascinating subject and one that I have spent a bit of time here and there reading about as I travelled the internet. “Inside Scientology” by Janet Reitman delves quite thoroughly into the life of L Ron Hubbard and also tells us the stories of former Scientologists.
Reitman strives for an objective book, and although I am sure the church would still not approve of this book, I think that she succeeded in this goal. She interviewed only those who did not have any lawsuits against the church or any books of their own about the subject (at least at the time that she interviewed them). She also managed to interview a current member of the church, a young woman who consented to the interview without the permission of the church (often church officials would also attend permitted interviews) and it was nice to hear the side of a person who had positive things to say about the church as there must be some good to it or no one would be a member.