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Lawrence Wright Investigates Scientology

OPB | Jan. 14, 2014 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 4:58 p.m.

Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright

Random House

Lawrence Wright has spent much of the past decade reporting on the politics, religion, and culture of the Middle East and Central Asia. His Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and The Road to 9/11 was a sweeping account of the people, events, and geopolitical forces that led to the attacks on the World Trade Center.

But Wright recently turned his focus from a culture dominated by an ancient belief system to one with a much more contemporary faith: Scientology. His newest book is Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. In it, he looks at the complicated life of the religion’s founder, science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, the cultural dynamic of post-war America that led to the widespread adoption of the faith, and the claims of ex-members that violent techniques are used by church leaders to keep members in line.

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