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Jesse Prince talks about the grieving after L. Ron Hubbard’s death — and the partying

[Jesse Prince at the 2015 Toronto conference]

You’ve seen the excerpt and read our review of Jesse Prince’s book, The Expert Witness. Now it’s Jeffrey Augustine’s turn to get in on the fun, with his podcast interview with Jesse. []

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Inside Jesse Prince’s book about Scientology: Doing L. Ron Hubbard’s dirty work

 We told you a couple of weeks ago how much we enjoyed Jesse Prince’s book The Expert Witness: My Life At The Top Of Scientology, and now it’s your turn to get a glimpse of it for yourself. Our thanks to Jesse for allowing us to reproduce this excerpt. It takes place a couple of []

A conversation with Nathan Rich about the unique Scientology hellscape he survived

 You’ve seen a portion of his book, Scythe Tleppo, now enjoy a conversation with Nathan Rich as he fills in Jeffrey Augustine about his experience in Scientology and []

Get a look inside Nathan Rich’s unique book about his Scientology upbringing

 Nathan Rich really made an impression on us with his appearance on Leah Remini’s series discussing his time at the Mace-Kingsley Ranch. But then he really knocked our socks off with his book, which we wrote about last week. He’s generously given us an excerpt of his memoir, Scythe Tleppo: My Survival of a Cult, []

Sharp new memoir digs into Scientology’s toxic cruelty experienced by those who grow up in it

 

 Nathan Rich has led one fucked-up life. There’s no escaping that conclusion after you read his unique autobiography that comes out on Tuesday, with the unusual title of Scythe []

Jesse Prince, witness to Scientology’s ugliest behavior, spills it all in new book

 About halfway through Jesse Prince’s book, The Expert Witness: My Life at the Top of Scientology, it suddenly dawned on us why we were enjoying it so much — this, we realized, was the book Marty Rathbun should have written years []

New Scientology escape book ‘Perfectly Clear’ leaves some important questions unanswered

Michelle LeClair’s book Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love got a nice boost this week as it was featured on the cover of People magazine ahead of its September 11 publication date, and we expect it’s going to continue to get a major media push. But now that we’ve read []

A peek inside Janis Gillham Grady’s second volume as ‘Commodore’s Messenger’

[The Commodore]

In June we featured an excerpt from Janis Gillham Grady’s first ‘Commodore’s Messenger’ volume, and now, today, her second volume becomes available for the first time, Commodore’s Messenger Book Two: Riding Out the Storms With L. Ron Hubbard. To mark the occasion, she’s generously shared with us a short excerpt from her many adventures []

From Jon Atack’s ‘Blue Sky’: Reorganizing Scientology as L. Ron Hubbard’s life waned

 One of the truly monumental books about Scientology, Jon Atack’s A Piece of Blue Sky: Scientology, Dianetics, and L. Ron Hubbard Exposed came out in 1990 and was nearly sued out of existence. We were fortunate to come across a copy in the 1990s as we were just beginning a career investigating Scientology stories. Today, []

Church of Fear: When John Sweeney sat down with Anne Archer and Leah Remini

 This week in our ‘Scientology Lit’ series, we have an excerpt from BBC reporter John Sweeney’s 2013 book, Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology. Sweeney wrote about his experiences making two BBC documentaries about the church, 2007’s “Scientology and Me,” and 2010’s “The Secrets of Scientology.” In this chapter, he’s being handled []