Recommended reading

Many ex-members of Scientology, and of other abusive and high-control groups, have authored books about their experiences. Numerous journalists and academic researchers have given excellent coverage of Scientology and many other cultic groups. I’ve listed the titles of many of the books that I’ve read and recommend. This is a growing list! I’d also like to hear of any books you recommend, so please send me the information. 

Jon Atack, former Scientologist
A Piece of Blue Sky: Scientology, Dianetics and L. Ron Hubbard Exposed (1990)

Paulette Cooper, Journalist
The Scandal of Scientology (1971)

Bent Corydon, former Scientologist
L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? (1987)

Steven Hassan, Former (Moonie) Unification Church
Combating Cult Mind Control: the #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue and Recovery from Destructive Cults

Jefferson Hawkins, former Scientologist
Counterfeit Dreams: One Man’s Journey Into and Out of the World of Scientology (2010)

Marc Headley, former Scientologist
Blown for Good – Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology (2010)

Nansook Hong, former (Moonie) Unification Church
In the Shadow of the Moons: My Life in the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Family (1998)

Janja A. Lalich, former member, Democratic Worker’s Party
Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults (2004)

Nancy Many, former Scientologist
My Billion Year Contract: Memoir of a Former Scientologist (2009)

Russell Miller, Journalist
Bare-faced Messiah: The True Story of L Ron Hubbard (2015)

Ron Miscavige and Dan Koon, former Scientologists
Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me (2016)

Jenna Miscavige Hill and Lisa Pulitzer
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape (2013)

Tony Ortega, Journalist
The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper (2015)

Janet Reitman, Journalist
Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion (2013)

Leah Remini, former Scientologist
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology (2016)

Amy Scobee, former Scientologist
Scientology – Abuse at the Top (2010)

John Sweeney, Journalist
The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology (2013)

Tampa Bay Times, Staff Journalists
The Truth Rundown: Stories of violence intimidation and control in the world of Scientology (2015) Kindle version

Miriam Williams, former member, Children of God/The Family
Heaven’s Harlots: My fifteen Years as a Sacred Prostitute in the Children of God Cult (1998)

Lawrence Wright, Journalist
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (2013)

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