The controversial religion is put under the microscope, to great effect, by author Lawrence Wright in his new tome.
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This article titled “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright – review” was written by Sukhdev Sandhu, for The Observer on Saturday 2nd February 2013 16.00 UTC
At the end of the 1940s, L Ron Hubbard – a sinophobic college dropout turned pulp writer (his pseudonyms included Joe Blitz and Legionnaire 148) turned reckless naval officer (one report claimed he was “lacking in the essential qualities of judgment, leadership and co-operation”) turned ulcerous and gonorrhea-afflicted war veteran – hatched a plan to revive his stuttering fortunes. “I'd like to start a religion,” he's reported to have declared. “That's where the money is.”