I just completed John Sweeney's book.
It's epic and belongs in every Ex's library.
Some minor complaints - the Kindle version I purchased does not have the greatest layout. The paragraphs are a little bunched up, no references to footnotes (although they exist at the end) so it comes off as a wall of text. It was disconcerting at first and I was about 20% of the way through before I realized what the book was really all about.
It's a first person narrative of his own experience dealing with the cult - a straight ahead, blow-by-blow account of what happened to him, his crew and BBC during the research, production, airing, post airing of the Panorama special. There's lot's of new detail that fleshes out and adds context to the story of the shout-fest between Tommy and John.
The biggest lutz of all in the book are the text messaging product officering from DM to Tommy and Rinder happening in real-time during their interactions with Sweeney. For this alone, the book's a must read and will be a source of amusement for year's to come here on ESMB.
Sweeney organizes his narrative around the framework of Lifton's and Singer's criteria of what constitutes a cult. It's spot on.
Finally, Sweeney tackles CCHR head-on and provides some analysis of how warped Scientology's take on Psychiatry is. This part is very good and in my opinion deserves a book of its own.
5 stars out of 5 stars for Sweeney!
It only cost $5.00 to read it on your computer.
What are you waiting for?