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My Billion Year Contract, Memoir of a Former Scientologist (English Edition)
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My Billion Year Contract, Memoir of a Former Scientologist (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Nancy Many

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To a young, teenage girl, Scientology seemed to be just what the author was looking for: a way to improve herself and attain spiritual enlightenment. But it was only after she joined Scientology's elite inner circle, the Sea Organization, and signed a Billion Year contract that she she discovered the dark world of fanaticism and abuse at the center of Scientology's vast empire.
For more than two decades she worked at all levels of the organization, from serving as a personal aide to the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, who placed her in charge of the religion's worldwide expansion to becoming the head of Celebrity Center in Los Angeles, the organization that caters to Scientology's celebrity members.
Early in her Scientology career, she spent five years as a covert agent engaged in espionage activities for the Church's shadowy Guardian's Office. After leaving the Sea Org, she spent an additional two years as an undercover operative for the "reformed" Guardian's Office, the Office of Special Affairs which continued the same pattern of covert intelligence and dirty tricks against the Church's perceived enemies while using intense legal attacks and bolstered by hired private investigators. She personally experienced the Sea Organization's Rehabilitation Project Force; a labor camp where erring members are "reeducated".
When her loyalty came into question she was subjected to weeks of grueling interrogation, ending up in restraints after being rushed to a hospital by ambulance, unable to even recognize her own husband.
It is a shocking story of abuse, imprisonment, espionage, lies, mental torture and suicide-vital reading for anyone who wants to know what goes on behind Scientology's curtain.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 549 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 360 pages
  • Editeur : CNM Publishing; Édition : 1 (26 octobre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Sobering 23 août 2010
Par Ingrid G. - Publié sur
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The previous reviews said it all really. This is a former staffer's account of what her and her husband experienced at the hands of Scientology. Extremely unpleasant conditions for a group that wants ro make the world a better place. I walk away seeing this as a cult and pyramid scheme. I know the author says throughout that there was some good experiences with her courses and parts of her career, but I never understood what that was. Everything she learned business wise could have been found in college or other work experiences. The group prays on the weaker willed and exploits them based on the account told here. I kept trying to imagine myself doing what she was told to do...and can't. I am stubborn and would never go along with the stupid rules and rehab they subject staffers to. Basically, she describes a working class designed to be slaves for Scientology - sold as rehab. I am sorry people put themselves in these cults and are's so hard for me to understand being involved in it. This was an interesting read and account of her experiences. I agree the book could have been edited better for flow. There also could have been a better description of the mythology behind the group along with more descriptions on the auditing process.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good not great 1 août 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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I have read 'Blown For Good' & 'Abuse at the Top' and a few other popular books about people leaving Scientology. Of the three or four books I found this one to be the hardest to read. This book is about a lot more than just her experience leaving the Church. I got the Kindle edition, and as I was reading the first chapter I thought that I must be reading the wrong book, because it didn't seem to have anything to do with Scientology, it wasn't until much later in the book that I finally understood what was happening in the first chapter. She is very detailed in her writing but its not as quick of a read as some of the other big ex-Scientology books out there. The book is formatted oddly. Some bits of the book seem random, and somewhere in the middle the book seems to end and it just becomes a bunch of journal entries. I would like it if the book was more structured, it feels almost like a stream of consciousness style of writing.

That said I enjoyed it overall very much, but it was not a page-turner like Blown for good and Abuse at the Top.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eye Opening first hand account 18 septembre 2012
Par Shannon P - Publié sur
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I enjoyed reading this book immensely. It was a page turner, constantly leaving the reader wondering a) why Nancy would continue to endure what she did and b) how the CoS can continue to get away with it. For the reviewers that complained of the quality of writing, I can understand the complaints to some extent. That said, its a woman's personal story, most of which seems to be, pieced together through her journals during the time the events were happening. I didn't purchase this thinking I would be so intent on finishing it and finding out what happened at the end but I was! I hope that there is a final chapter in the works that addresses all the things that have been portrayed recently in the media regarding the CoS and the mental games they play.

It was evident throughout this book that the CoS had a mental, emotional and financial hold on Nancy and her family. They indentured the Manys into working for next to nothing while preventing them through tactics of fear of leaving. When your whole world is reliant on an organization, how can you safely break free?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Helped me to understand 2 octobre 2011
Par Alice Weimer - Publié sur
Nancy Many's personal story gave me insight as to how an intelligent and compassionate adult could be drawn into Scientology in the first place, and could be unable to easily escape in the second place. I could see it possibly happening to me. I'm still not sure exactly what Scientology is, but I know what it isn't. It is not a wonderful religion that will clear the planet of mental illness or emotional pain. I thank Nancy Many for being brave enough to share her story.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I was hoping for so much more... 23 mai 2011
Par *Caligirl_08* - Publié sur
First of all, no matter how much complaining I will do in this review, I still have to say thank you to Nancy Many who dared to share her story with the world. She is a very brave and courageous woman and she probably saved more lives than she will ever know by coming forward with the horrors committed towards her by members of scientology.

I went into this book going "Okay, I really don't know anything about scientology except for the tom cruise stuff." My main thing was that I don't ever want to look down at or make fun of someone because of their religion, which, before reading this book, i thought scientology was. However, after reading it, it is 100% clear to me that scientology is not a religion at all. after reading this book, i can now say 'i hate* scientology' with a clear conscience knowing that it is not a religion but a moneyhungry cult that terrorizes even its own employees. (and i don't use the word 'hate' often but the amount of damage these people have caused is absolutely hateworthy.)

all that aside, the reason this book gets 3 stars and not 5 is that i just didnt get the juicy kind of detail i was looking for. i wanted to hear about xenu and the clams and the aliens and all that goofy stuff. there is none of that. this lady and her husband basically ran the LA celebrity center for years but there is no name dropping and no juicy tidbits. DOOOOOD! i know you're a nice classy lady that doesn't sell out her celebrity ex-clients in a book but come onnnnnnn, i was really hoping for that stuff and all i got was some random paragraph about some mystery celeb who had prostate cancer. not the kind of celeb gossip i want to hear.

she did mention famous scientology deaths like elli perkins and lisa mcpherson but i literally had to put the book down and google these people because she never bothered to actually explain what happened to them. she went on and on about her feelings and reactions but without google, i would have not really gotten the full story at all. the same with her medications, i had to google chloral hydrate because the only thing she said about it was that her real nurses laughed that her scientology doctor had prescribed it for her. it turns out its a sedative that can kill the heck out of you if you take too much of it. and also cause irreparable heart and kidney damage. thanks wikipedia, no thanks nancy many. an editor would have been really useful.

i still recommend this book to anyone curious about scientology but be prepared with your laptop at hand. if you're anything like me, you'll need to google stuff to supplement info at least two or three times per chapter.
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