Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
An interview with Lawrence Wright, author of Going Clear.
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The Church of Scientology doesn’t release membership figures, but according to Lawrence Wright’s new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, around 25,000 Americans belong to the church. Nevertheless, it has liquid assets of as much as $1 billion, and thanks to its appeal to Hollywood players, the church plays a significant role in American culture. Wright first wrote about Scientology in his February 2011 New Yorker article “The Apostate.” His new book looks at the church’s history; the complicated life of founder L. Ron Hubbard; its current leader, David Miscavige; and its most famous adherent, Tom Cruise. The discussion lasts about 28 minutes.
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