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Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a force for good. Others disagree. Award-winning journalist John Sweeney investigated the Church for more than half a decade. During that time he was intimidated, spied on and followed and the results were spectacular: Sweeney lost his temper with the Church's spokesman on camera and his infamous 'exploding tomato' clip was seen by millions around the world. In THE CHURCH OF FEAR Sweeney tells the full story of his experiences for the first time and paints a devastating picture of this strange organisation, from former Scientologists who tell heartbreaking stories of families torn apart and lives ruined to its current followers who say it is the solution to many of mankind's problems. This is the real story of the Church by the reporter who was brave enough to take it on.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Silvertail Books (7 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQY300M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

An informative yet disturbing read.

 on 25 April 2014
By Momento.
For anybody who saw John Sweeney’s Panorama meltdown whilst filming their Scientology investigation, this should be required reading. The build up to that incident, plus the post incident fallout, is all covered here along with a wealth of background information about this cult/religion (make your own decision once you’ve read the book). The primary feeling I have after finishing the book is admiration, not just for Sweeney but also for the Scientology ‘defectors’ he interviewed. The levels of intimidation and harassment they appear to have been subjected to by the ‘church’ really is disturbing.

No way for a business to behave.

 on 28 June 2015
By K D Connelly
Well done, John Sweeney. Thank you for putting the spotlight on this devious business posing as a religion (for tax purposes). If you want to start a new religion you just look around the world and determine if there are enough weak and vulnerable people to fuel your new business. It appears that, in this case, there are. People, you have been warned. For your own safety and the safety of your family, stay well away.

Another great insight into the creepy cult (not religion) that is Scientology

 on 4 July 2017
By Kindle Customer
I have viewed both Panorama documentaries and often wondered what the back story was to it all. John Sweeney doesn’t disappoint informing the reader of all details in leading up to the exploding tomato incident and the aftermath. Journalists like Sweeney deserve a medal of honour for putting up with the fair gaming Scientology practice not the likes of Tom Cruise who willingly endorse this behaviour Well done John Sweeney

A very interesting read.

 on 29 August 2014
By c.v
This is a really interesting read. Some of the 1 star reviews are clearly from scientologists as nobody else could possibly think that scientology is anything other than a dangerous cult. John Sweeney has shown himself over the years to be a very brave and caring man, not vindictive. It is good that he has written this book to try to prevent other people being pulled into a terrible cult. In this book he is honest about mistakes he made as a result of vary stressful time during the filming. When you read the book you can understand the fear that made him react in the way he famously did. I enjoyed the book and am grateful that there was somebody who was brave enough to write it.

Insightful but a bit repetitious

 on 15 April 2014
By Peter Mercer
A really interesting review of what does truly seem to be a weird and self-obsessed and somewhat scary organisation. Perhaps though it could have been shortened with profit as there seemed to be a lot of repetition if not of the same people then of similar events. But a courageous book and well worth reading.

Fascinating read. (Watch out for exploding tomato’s!!!)

 on 24 March 2014
By Elvis Lives
Great read and an interesting insight into the strange world of Scientology. I like John Sweeney’s style of writing which is easy to follow. The documentary’s are with watching too, especially john’s exploding tomato scene!

Scary and excellent

 on 26 August 2013
A brilliant book that goes into loads more detail than the BBC TV programme, Sweeney does a first class job in providing a real in depth look at this menace. Great read but feel as there should be a sequel!

Scary but not too scary.

 on 24 November 2015
By Grandma Judy
Review of what is really a cult, and therefore will dwindle away as everything eventually does.
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