Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me

Book - 2016
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David Miscavige, the Church of Scientology's current leader and successor to founder L. Ron Hubbard, hasn't always ruled with a dictator's iron fist - nor was Scientology even part of his destiny. It was his father, Ron Miscavige, who signed his family up, and David bought in totally, even as a boy. Years later, Ron could only watch with dismay as his bright, carefree son transformed into the ruthless leader he is today. Ruthless is David's story told by the person who knows him best - his father. Ron traces the arc of David's life from his early years to David's eventual, stellar rise to power in Scientology; his brutal approach to running the organization today; and the disastrous effects that his leadership has had on countless numbers of Scientologists and their families.
Publisher: New York, NY :, St. Martin's Press,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250131539
Branch Call Number: 299.936 MIS
Characteristics: 244 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Koon, Dan - Author


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CMLibrary_gjd_0 May 08, 2017

This story is obviously a father trying to come to grips with a son gone wrong. As others note, this is not a well written, but it is a deeply felt story. By the end I felt sorry for this guy and what his "religion" has become. As long as you look at it through that lens, you won't be too disappointed. If you want a fuller picture of this, you should read and/or watch Going Clear.

d2013 Nov 07, 2016

Disturbing story and I have to agree with most ... not well-written.

Oct 10, 2016

I started to feel sorry for David and can see why he went off the deep end. Such a terrible childhood with angry parents - not the family life that will create a good, honest person. Otherwise it was badly written, self pitying and boring. Would not recommend.

Sep 28, 2016

Truly depressing book about how David Miscavige literally hijacked a benign philosophy - Scientology - and twisted it for his own ends. The near slave like conditions many of his employees work under is deplorable. What makes this book remarkable is that it is written from the perspective of one of those insiders - his own father. What the son actually thinks of the father nowadays is beyond shocking - but given it is Scientology, not really surprising. If the celebrities that have embraced the cult saw it for what it is, and Miscavige for who he is, they would leave in droves. So far, it's a trickle, but that in itself is a hopeful sign.

Aug 23, 2016

If you like tabloid style name dropping poorly written prose, this book is for you. The book should be renamed "Toothless", I know the reference is about his son, but seriously, I endured 120 pages before giving up, if you are interested in Scientology, you will learn nothing new from this absolute trashy garbage.
Ron comes off as an average person with a very average world view.

Jul 23, 2016

Not exceptionally well written but very interesting.

May 29, 2016

Like the murdering polygamist, Brigham Young, so too has David Miscavige wrested power after founder LRH died. I see many parallels between the cult of Mormonism and Scientology. Growing up in a cult myself it was difficult to escape the mind control but it is hard for me to imagine how an adult buys into these fairy tales. I think I found the answer this week listening to an old George Carlin skit: "Governments don't want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking...They want obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept it." With our cradle to grave media and state run school programming it is a little easier for me to understand the gullibility of the GP. So I think my research into cults has almost come to an end. This book would be a good place to start along with Going Clear when looking into Scientology, however they all say about the same thing with the same shocking stories retold from different points of view. I'm still flummoxed that anyone, especially a parent or child would put up with this kind of abuse for decades at a stretch over science fiction. I mean I really like a couple authors a lot, but there is no one I would work for 20 hours per day while being verbally and physically assaulted for a years on end. Well, except for Irvine Welsh, but that's it.

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