Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology (2020)

Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology Marc Headley Marty Rathbun Blown for Good Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology The International Base of Scientology The sprawling acre property located deep in the California desert The local townspeople were told that Scientology lectures and films were being made there Bu
  • Title: Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology
  • Author: Marc Headley Marty Rathbun
  • ISBN: 9780982502204
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology Marc Headley Marty Rathbun The International Base of Scientology The sprawling 500 acre property located deep in the California desert The local townspeople were told that Scientology lectures and films were being made there But is that all that is happening there It is the location of a multi million dollar home for L Ron Hubbard, built twodecades after his controversial death It is the homeThe International Base of Scientology The sprawling 500 acre property located deep in the California desert The local townspeople were told that Scientology lectures and films were being made there But is that all that is happening there It is the location of a multi million dollar home for L Ron Hubbard, built twodecades after his controversial death It is the home of Scientologys current leader, David Miscavige Rumor has it that high ranking Scientology celebrities such as Tom Cruise have been there So what really happens at the Int Base Are the stories on the internet true How does Scientology conduct management of its day to day operations Reports from former members have shown up here and there over the past 20 years Could stories of armed guards, weapons, staff beatings, and razor wire fences surrounding the entire property be true If so, how could a facility like this exist in modern day America Hundreds of staff had made attempts to escape over the years Some had succeeded but had never been seen or heard of again, but most had failed Marc knew it would not be easy getting out of the Scientology compound Why were people kept here Why did people not attempt to escape over the years What was it that went on at the International headquarters of Scientology This is the story of what happened behind the Iron Curtain of Marc Headley provides a rare, never before seen insider s look at life inside Scientology He spent 15 years at their secret headquarters a 500 acre property located deep in the California desert The local townspeople were told lectures and films were made there But is that all that was happening It is the location of a multi million dollar home for L Ron Hubbard, built two decades after his death It is the home of Scientology s current leader, David Miscavige So what really happens there Are the stories on the internet true How does Scientology conduct management of its day to day operations Could stories of armed guards, weapons, staff beatings, and razor wire fences be true If so, how could a facility like this exist in modern day America Hundreds of staff tried to escape over the years Some succeeded but were never seen or heard of again, most failed Why were people kept here What was it that went on at the headquarters of Scientology This is the story of what happened behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology e Scientology cult, is I guarantee you, a thousand times bizarre than you could have ever imagined.
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  1. Polstar

    Perhaps I m biased but I did like this book, possibly because every chapter was named after a Depeche Mode song, but surely that couldn t have just been it I have an interest in cults, possibly because I was raised in quite a cultish religion myself Jehovah s Witnesses However much I find out about Scientology, I still couldn t quite fathom how they have such control over their members Blown For Good sheds some light on the crazy mind control that the church has over it s followers.Although this [...]

  2. Andrea

    Blown for Good was definitely in need of an editor to finesse it a bit, but the meat of the story Headley s time at the Scientology compound in Hemet, CA and his interactions with the little despot dictator wannabe pope of Scientology David Miscavige was fascinating and than made up for the excessive amount of job related details and somewhat amateurish writing style.How this turd of a cult is allowed to function and retain tax exemption status in this country is beyond me.

  3. Jacquelyn

    Scientology is a cult that convinces you to relinquish every last shred of your autonomy, pay thousands of dollars to have your personality picked apart, and puts you back together the way Scientology Chairman of the Board COB , Dave Miscavige, wants you to be I say Miscavige and not L Ron Hubbard because Miscavige is the one who has been editing all of Hubbard s writings the past few decades, so unless you get your hands on early editions, there s no telling where Hubbard s ideas end and Miscav [...]

  4. Joanna

    This is not a book for Scientology newbies It s filled with Scientolog ese and won t give you background on what Scientolgy is, its history, what s happening now, LHR, ect It is, however, an excellent book for people wanting to know what things were like for the staff over at Int Base, through the 1990s up to 2005ish under David Miscavige, who is an incredible douche.Image ofincredible douche I mean, just look at him doooooooouuucheReading this book is not entertaining, though Headley does manag [...]

  5. Buffy Turner

    I have been researching Scientology for years, and this book is the most fascinating I have ever read about what it was like to be in Scientology from a young age and the horrific journey the author had to have in order to escape the religion Marc Headley has a good life with a wife also an ex Scientologist with her own escape story and three kids, but how he got to this point is part horror story, part terrifying yet exhilarating adventure Headley was a child when his mother became heavily invo [...]

  6. Kat Connors

    Let s get a few things out of the way first 1 Yes, the writing is rough and the editing is bad Please recognize that this is a self published book written by someone who did not have the same educational opportunities as many people reviewing this book Just deal 2 There is a LOT of Scientology jargon Again, just deal with it 9 times out of 10 it s not completely integral to your understanding of events Read over it or look it up in the glossary at the back 3 This book is NOT going to tell you ab [...]

  7. Casey

    acronyms abound Think back to your childhood for a momentmember those diving sticks you would retrieve from the pool It s like someone threw a diving stick into the water, and you dive down to get it but this is no 8 foot pool You just keep swimming deeper, and deeper, and deeper into Xenuville until you are gasping no, choking for air Screw the diving stick, where is the top of the water because you are dying here and can t breathe any longer You need air but where the hell is it Seriously, the [...]

  8. Valerie

    This book, written by a former Scientologist, was very interesting as far as it went The author, no doubt, is afraid of his and his wife s families being punished they are still Scientologists by L Ron Hubbard s successor, David Miscavige, who took the reins in 1986, after Hubbard died He is considered the Chairman of the Board or COB this group is big on acronyms Marc Headley and his wife were very fortunate to get out of this pseudo religion, as far as I am concerned The title of the book, Blo [...]

  9. Julie Roy

    A difficult and disturbing read because I believe it to be true Before reading Blown for Good I read Jenna Miscavige s book about her experiences with scientology I came across it accidentally and decided to read it simply because I was curious Having lived in Tampa about 30 minutes from the Clearwater location for over 20 years I was familiar with scientology but always thought it was a harmless group of self helpers I could not have been wrong There were times I had to force myself to continu [...]

  10. Rebecca Jessup

    Marc Headley was denied a high school education because he was pushed into Scientology as a child by his parents, and pressured into the upper levels of its secretive and bizarre upper management levels in his teens His lack of formal education shows, in that his writing is full of little grammatical errors But this is a fast paced, page turner of a book, and his courage and competence come through over and over in the tale of his survival, his fifteen years as a serving member, and his eventual [...]

  11. Ron Ross

    A self published memoir that takes its place among the great apostate properties dying to be made into a movie Headley, who was educated in Scieno schools and joined the Sea Org as a teenager, actually learned useful skills as a major events production chief and A V expert If Scieno was smart enough to release such capable people into the wild once in a while, we wouldn t be stuck thinking Tom Cruise is the most enlightened human being in Hollywood.

  12. Stacey Glaesmann

    Headley s book is a detailed portrayal of the controversial religion of Scientology Headley started in the church at age 17 and left some 20 years later He describes the odd and abusive structure and practices of Scientology, including the current head honcho s penchant for random and spontaneous rules and rule changes If you ever wanted to know what REALLY goes on behind closed doors, read this book

  13. Catherine

    Very intriguing book I m always interested in societies clubs organizations etc that have a curtain of secrecy about them and the Church of Scientology definitely falls into that category The insight Marc Headley provided on just his experiences within the Church of Scientology was very interesting and sure does give the reader a lot to think about.

  14. Jo

    This was a very interesting book about what it is like on the inside of Scientology After hearing about the deplorable treatment under David Miscavige, you begin to wonder what makes these people stay.

  15. Linda Perkins

    Definitely worth readingA cult by any other name is still a cult, and definite proof that absolute power corrupts absolutely A great read.

  16. Peter Orvetti

    Books about Scientology are ubiquitous these days, and most of what s worth knowing can be found in Lawrence Wright s Going Clear and Janet Reitman s Inside Scientology But there is a small industry of insider accounts that take deeper dives into particular periods in Scientology s history than those authors could Janis Gillham Grady s recent Commodore s Messenger explores her time with LRH and early Scientologists aboard their maritime fleet Headley s earlier Blown for Good examines life inside [...]

  17. Justine She sheep

    This book could have used some editing The language is a bit clunky here and there and when combined with the dense, information laden text, it makes for slow reading.That being said, it s still an interesting perspective from someone relatively close to the apparent micromanaging sociopath named David Miscavige.Especially the last few chapters where he describes how it feels to have escaped really hit home.If you re doubting about picking up this book, take a look at Jenna Miscavige Hill s boo [...]

  18. Marshall

    This is a memoir about a member of the Church of Scientology who escaped in 2005 and was declared a suppressive person by Scientology He hasn t spoken to several of his family members, one of whom he confirmed was taken to Rehabilitation Project Force in Canada, which is basically a concentration camp for people who have sinned against Scientology.This book follows the author from when he was a teenager in the late 80 s, and his parents went off to join the Church of Scientology, leaving him to [...]

  19. Stringy

    While this is not a well written book, I found it interesting to hear from someone trapped in Scientology s Sea Org without having a strong belief in it But it won t answer any questions you might have about how people justify staying or what makes them leave, because Headley recaps the facts but doesn t always include his thoughts or emotions about those facts For example, he gets married, and then 13 years later when he wants to leave he s desperate to contact his wife But we never hear about [...]

  20. Mikko

    Blown for Good is Marc Headley s autobiography, documenting him growing up in a family influenced by Scientology, joining the Sea Organization and finally escaping the HQ of the Church.Headley is not writing for the layman The book expects the reader to be fairly well aware of the key persons and people behind Scientology I would highly recommend that anyone interested would at least leaf through either A Piece of Blue Sky or The Bare faced Messiah before starting on Blown for Good both offer a [...]

  21. Laura

    Although this book wasn t written for a literate reader, it s story is mesmerizing Granted, the story is biased and at times unbelievable, however this makes it that much awe inspiring How could modern day people subscribe to such submissive and oppressive behavior Have we learned NOTHING from studying history I m aghast I rated this book as 3 of 5 stars only because there were grammatical errors throughout, thus feel it wasn t edited very well Further, the story dragged in some parts But, aga [...]

  22. Matt

    This is not a book I d recommend to someone as their first read about Scientology, but as an insider s look at the madness within this cult, it s a fascinating read Working inside Scientology is like being stuck in a real life version of the movie Brazil it s a bureaucratic nightmare filled with mindless paperwork, stifling layers of management and arbitrary and horrendous punishments for the slightest infractions It makes you wonder how it s survived as long as it has, but you also really start [...]

  23. Lindy Baxter

    The only issue with this book I had is his writing style is odd This is his first only book, and is self published The content, however, makes up for that and is well worth the read.Marc was well placed in Scientology, an includes an upfront view of David Miscavige s emotional and physical abuse of those in the Sea Org He allows an inside look at how the religion is run, and what lengths they will go to in order to keep people from leaving This, and the book by Jenna Miscavige, are the best book [...]

  24. Dawn Wells

    I don t know how much of this book is truly believable I would hope very little But we all know when given too much power over a group of people awful things can happen I remember reading books by L Ron Hubbard Black Genesis, Dialectics , battlefield earth but I didn t really accept any of it as true I m not even sure why but my common sense just said no Back then he was a known racist and homophobe as stated in this book But because this was said about many people back then it didn t majorly in [...]

  25. Tenderfoot

    This is a great book written by a man who grew in cientology and managed to escape after 15 years Headley exposes the underside of the organization and how members of Sea Org really live Let s put it this way, if Tom Cruise knew what really happens to members of the CofS, I doubt he d associate with them Sea Org members are subjected to long hours of work for little or no pay, deprived of sleep, poorly nourishment and psychologically abused He also shines a garish spotlight on the current head o [...]

  26. Aaron

    I can t imagine living in a cult like that and taking such abuse I would not make a good Scientologist I would be in the RPF and named a suppressive person immediately The first time someone told me to grab the cans I would laugh uncontrollably And if someone ever tried to make me scrub feces with my bare hands or with a toothbrush I d punch them in their love chakra But after delving into this nutty world for a spell I have got to take a break as I m starting to burn out on their particular bra [...]

  27. Aaron

    Terrifying, Insane Life I can t imagine living in a cult like that and taking such abuse I would not make a good Scientologist I would be in the RPF and named a suppressive person immediately The first time someone told me to grab the cans I would laugh uncontrollably And if someone ever tried to make me scrub feces with my bare hands or with a toothbrush I d punch them in their love chakra But after delving into this nutty world for a spell I have got to take a break as I m starting to burn out [...]

  28. Lisa

    I am fascinated by books from ex Scientologists who can shed some light on why someone would believe in such foolishness Beyond Belief My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape is an excellent read I also enjoyed Going Clear Inside Scientology However this book is very poorly written The spelling and the grammatical errors were were distracting Mr Headley goes into excruciating detail about his job but offers little insight into the world of Scientology I am very glad Marc Headle [...]

  29. Sabra

    Interesting read by a former Scientologist If you are looking for history on this religion , Inside Scientology is probably better I don t understand how something which seems so clearly to be a business is able to retain tax exempt status.One thing that was very jarring is that it wasn t well edited Lots of spelling and grammatical errors which kept knocking me out of the flow of the story.

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