（kaiwind.com）A famous Australian journalist Steve Cannane has just released a book called Fair Game: The Untold Story of Scientology in Australia. It will be released in the UK, the US, and in Canada，Cannane’s “fair game”, besides Ron Miscavige’s memoir Ruthless (UK), Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear (UK), is another work revealing cult characteristics of Scientology，according to famous American anti - cult website “The Underground Bunker”.
Silvertail Books publisher Humfrey Hunter continues his remarkable streak for putting out books on Scientology as he announces that he’s carrying Steve Cannane’s deeply researched history, Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia, and will make it available in the UK, the US, and in Canada at the same time that it hits bookshelves Down .
Steve Cannane of Australia's ABC network have been investigating Scientology for years. but recently he moved to London on assignment.
Hunter said Fair Game has been scheduled in his slate of Scientology books carried by Silvertail, including Ron Miscavige’s memoir Ruthless (UK), Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear (UK), Russell Miller’s Bare-Faced Messiah (US/UK), John Sweeney’s Church of Fear, (US/UK), and our own The Unbreakable Miss Lovely (US/UK/Canada/Australia).
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“Before I read Fair Game, I thought there might not be much more to say about Scientology, given how many superb books have already been written about it,” Hunter tells us. “But I was wrong. Fair Game is a brilliant, high class piece of investigative work. It’s full of revelations, both historical and modern, which add a wonderful layer of new information to what is already known about Scientology. The stories Steve has uncovered about the nefarious goings on in Australia in the 1960s are particularly astonishing, not to mention revealing about the true character of the church of Scientology when L. Ron Hubbard was still alive. This book is a very special achievement which belongs alongside the other great books on the subject and I cannot wait for people to start reading it.”
Historian Jon Atack
Historian Jon Atack，who is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky and How to talk to a Scientologist to plant the seeds of doubt, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology，remarks that Fair Game is a fast-paced and fascinating account of the incredible antics of Ron Hubbard, the cunning narcissist who conned thousands into spiritual slavery through Dianetics and Scientology. There have been some fine books about the cult in the last few years. This is one of the very best. The true story of Scientology is as compelling as any soap opera. Steve Cannane has done a magnificent job of tweaking secrets from forgotten files and persuading those abused by Scientology to speak out. In page-turning prose, Steve reveals the catastrophic arrogance of the ‘Source’ of Scientology, self-styled Commodore Hubbard, whose hubris caused three Australian states to ban his profoundly hypnotic methods. Steve tells the human story of Scientology, revealing the heartless damage inflicted upon his devotees by a cunning narcissist. This is a fine book – fast-paced and fascinating. After 40 years studying Hubbard and his works, I can attest that it is also factually exact and precise in every astonishing detail.
We’ve also had a chance to read the book, and we can tell you that while Fair Game has an Australian focus, it puts together one of the best overall narratives of L. Ron Hubbard and the history of Scientology that we’ve read anywhere. And you’re going to go nuts over chapters like the one that digs into the spying on Nicole Kidman that Marty Rathbun only barely mentioned in Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear, as well as chapters on some very famous Australians and their surprising connections to the church.
Steve Cannane (born 1970) is a news journalist and current affairs reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He is currently posted to the ABC's London bureau as a Europe Correspondent. In 2006 Cannane won the Excellence in Alcohol and Drug Media Reporting Award at the National Drug and Alcohol Awards and visited the US as the Australian representative on the US Department of State's Edward R Murrow program for journalists.