Many of these books are out of print or very hard to get. The cult has used its harassment tactics against the authors and has stolen books from libraries. It is still worthwhile looking for them in a good library. FACTnet (The Fight Against Coercive Tactics network) have some of these as text-files. They are available to users of the FACTnet electronic library in the US (BBS number on 303 530-1942)

I have looked up some of these titles in "Books in Print" and added comments where appropriate.

  • Russell Miller, Bare-Faced Messiah. Michael Joseph, London, 1987. This was availiable as a Sphere paperback until recently. ISBN 074740332 5
  • Jon Atack, A Piece of Blue Sky. Carol Publishing, NYC, 1990. ISBN 08180499 X Jon Atack has recently declared bankrupcy, so he could do with the money: ordering details are below.
  • Maurice Burrell, Scientology: What It Is And What It Does. Lakeland, London, 1970. (Not listed in Books in Print)
  • Paulette Cooper, The Scandal of Scientology. Tower Publications, NYC, 1971
  • Bent Corydon, L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? (Not currently available in the UK)
    Published by Barricade Books, Inc.,
    1530 Palisade Avenue, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 (USA)
    Distributed by Publishers Group West,
    4065 Hllis, Emeryville, CA 94608 (USA)
    (Here's the US library card)
  • Robert Kaufman, Inside Scientology. Olympia Press, London & NYC, 1972 (Not listed in Books in Print)
  • Stewart Lamont, Religion Inc. Harrap, London, 1986 (Not listed in Books in Print)
  • George Malko, Scientology: The Now Religion. Delacourte Press, NYC, 1970
  • Cyril Vosper, The Mind Benders. Neville Spearman, London, 1971
  • Roy Wallis, The Road to Total Freedom. Columbia University Press, NYC, 1977
  • John Symonds, The Great Beast: The Life of Aleister Crowley Many editions published, 1956-1973.

    Here's the complete library card for Bare-Faced Messiah.

    A Piece of Blue Sky is available from The Dialogue Centre, 7/8 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1, Eire for UKP17 including p&p for the UK.
    And from:

    Cult Awareness Network
    2421 W. Pratt Blvd., Suite 1173
    Chicago, IL  60645
    Price: $21.95 +
       $3.00 shipping/handling for first book, $1.50 for additional books
    check, money order, visa, or mastercard

    CAN also sells Bent Corydon's "L Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?" for $12.95 plus the same shipping charges as above.
    Both books are listed as "cloth" editions -- I assume that means hardback.
    A Piece of Blue Sky is also sold by
    Watchman Fellowship
    P O Box 530842
    Birmingham, AL 35253
    Price: $22.00 + 15% shipping/handling (that's $3.30)
    check or money order only

    From Ron Newman:
    Here's the OCLC/FirstSearch record for "Inside Scientology":
       AUTHOR: Kaufman, Robert.
        TITLE: Inside scientology :
               how I joined scientology and became superhuman
        PLACE: London ; New York
    PUBLISHER: Olympia Press,
         YEAR: 1972
     PUB TYPE: Book
       FORMAT: xix, 279 p. ; 24 cm.
         ISBN: 0700401105 :
      SUBJECT: Kaufman, Robert.
               Mental Healing.
               Alternative Medicine.
    I've read this book.  It's Kaufman's personal story of about
    18 months inside the cult, including a long stay at Saint Hill
    Manor in England.  The cult drove him insane, and he had to
    recover in a mental hospital.

    [end of quote from Ron Newman]

    Of particular relevance to the UK:
    Foster, John Galway, Sir.
    Enquiry into the practice and effects of Scientology: report, by Sir John
        G. Foster.  London, H.M.S.O., 1971.
        Series title:  Great Britain. Parliament, 1971-72. House of Commons.

    General reading on cults recommended by the Cult Information Centre:

    • Steve Hassan, Combatting Cult Mind Control, Aquarian Press
    • Jean Ritchie, The Secret World of Cults, Angus and Robertson
    • Bob Larson, Larson's New Book of Cults, Tyndale House Publishers Inc.
    • Robert Cialdini, Influence, Harper Collins
    • Robert Lifton, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism, Norton Press
    • Walter Martin, The New Cults, Vision House Publishers Inc.
    • American Family Foundation, Cults: What Parents Should Know, Carol Publishing Group
    • John Allan, Shopping for a God, IVP
    • Ronald Enroth, Churches that Abuse, Zondervan
    • Josh Freed, Moonwebs, Virgo Publishing (obtainable in the UK by sending UKP2.50 to the Cult Information Centre)