Lawrence Wright is the author of many books, including The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Read Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. For more information, visit lawrencewright.com.
Scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices created by L. Ron Hubbard (1911–1986), beginning in 1952 as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics. Scientology teaches that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature. Its method of spiritual rehabilitation is a type of counselling known as auditing, in which practitioners aim to consciously re-experience painful or traumatic events in their past in order to free themselves of their limiting effects.
Source: BookTV: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief
JFK was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
Source: Free Info Society: John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Civil Rights Address
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