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Atack: What David Mayo told me about L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, and the upper levels

[David Mayo]

After we brought the news that prominent Scientology figure David Mayo had died last year in New Zealand, there was a pretty huge reaction from many former Scientologists, as well as a lot of discussion of his legacy. One person who had lengthy talks with Mayo after he left the church was historian []

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A new chapter for one of the best Scientology books of all time? Yes, and we have it!

[Sea Org toughs at the infamous 1982 Mission Holders Conference]

Jon Atack just let us know that he’s putting out a fourth edition of his excellent book of Scientology history, Let’s sell these people a piece of blue sky. And he’s taking the opportunity to restore a missing chapter that was left out previously for []

L. Ron Hubbard’s son was troubled, but don’t discount him entirely: few knew his father better

[Ron DeWolf at the 1982 Clearwater hearings]

Earlier this week, we wrote about a 15-page 1985 letter written by Ron DeWolf to the IRS that was released by the FBI and became public for the first time. DeWolf was the name adopted by L. Ron Hubbard Jr., who was known as “Nibs” to the Hubbard []

Scientology’s tiger: How L. Ron Hubbard created a language trap

  Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. For more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and []

Louis Theroux isn’t the first who tried to find Scientology’s positive side and failed

[Rev. Stewart Lamont, photo by Callum Moffat]

Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie is now on Netflix, but Jon Atack reminds us that Theroux wasn’t the first investigator who tried to find something positive to say about Scientology, and ended up in a very different place.

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Jon Atack: The biggest thing L. Ron Hubbard got wrong about Buddhism

  Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. For more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and []

Janis Grady’s new book on life in Scientology: Jon Atack’s take, and an excerpt

  Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. For more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and []

Scientology and the Spoonbenders: Jon Atack on a previously unpublished Ingo Swann essay

[Ingo Swann, 1933-2013, when he was part of a Scientology ‘OT Summit’ in 1977]

Jon Atack graciously agreed to read and comment on a 1973 Ingo Swann essay on Scientology that was recently dug up by our intrepid researcher, R.M. Seibert. We knew he’d have some interesting things to say about this presentation, which Swann []

Jon Atack: Scientology has a history of flip-floppers, including the founder’s son

[Ron “Nibs” DeWolf and his grandson, Jamie]

L. Ron Hubbard Jr. was a fascinating character. We’ve written about him numerous times, and he’s featured prominently in our book about Paulette Cooper, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.

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Scientology’s spies: L. Ron Hubbard’s twisted legacy that proved his sickness

Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend []