cfdlr-thumb-250x283.jpgVillage Voice’s Tony Ortega reviews Counterfeit Dreams by Jefferson Hawkins. Hawkins documents the rise of the group through the 70s and 80s arriving at its current state which he describes grimly:

“Scientology is supported, in fact, by a few thousand wealthy members. Some of these, like Tom Cruise, Nancy Cartwright, Craig Jensen (Diskeeper), Sky Dayton (Earthlink) and a few others are very wealthy and contribute millions.

“My own opinion is that organized Scientology is dead. I do not see them recovering from Miscavige’s abusive rule – he has destroyed the entire management structure of the Church and has ‘revised’ the ‘tech’ of Scientology to the point where it is largely useless.”

Read the whole piece here. Get the book here.