Adam Markovitz
June 29, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Inside Scientology

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Janet Reitman
publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

Reitman calls Scientology ”America’s most secretive religion.” You’d never know it from the wealth of ?detail in this meticulously compiled exposé, culled from hundreds of interviews with active Scientologists and defectors alike. Reitman brings an almost clinical detachment to the religion’s story, from its ?birth in the sci-fi imagination of founder ? L. Ron Hubbard to its current Hollywood heyday. Her revelations — including abuse allegations against church leader David Miscavige and details about the organization’s aggressive courtship of Tom Cruise — come with impressive backup. But the book lacks a real narrative drive; ?it reads, at times, like an extended encyclopedia entry. B

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