March 21, 2016

Tell-all book by Scientology leader’s father coming in May


ruthlessLast year, we reported that Ron Miscavige, the estranged father of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, had signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press to write a tell-all memoir about the religion and his son’s role in its expansion.

That book—titled Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me—now has a publication date. The Associated Press’s Hillel Italie reported last week that Miscavige’s memoir—originally titled If He Dies, He Dies (named after the crazy story recounted in this Los Angeles Times article)—is coming out on May 3rd.

The St. Martin’s description is currently pretty minimal, though the publisher does promise “a riveting insider’s look at life within the world of Scientology.”

Ron Miscavige left Scientology in 2012, after over forty years with the church, and according to the aforementioned LA Times article, by Kim Christensen:

For 18 months private detectives tracked every move made by the father of David Miscavige, leader of the Church of Scientology, as they eavesdropped, spied on his emails and planted a GPS unit on his car, according to police records.

In other words, there’s plenty of drama for Ron to mine in his memoir.

Ruthless is co-written with Dan Koon, who, according to former Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega’s Scientology blog The Underground Bunker, is “a former high-ranking technical expert in Scientology who has been behind several of the books written by former church members.” Ortega also appears to have some familiarity with the contents of Ruthless—he writes that “Ron writes about the parts of Scientology that he still considers beneficial, despite his son’s dictatorial takeover of it.”

Ruthless will join a number of other recent books that have shed light on the inner workings of Scientology, including Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear (the basis for the 2015 Alex Gibney documentary) and Beyond Belief,  which was written by Jenna Miscavige Hill—David’s niece—who left the church in 2015.



Mark Krotov was a senior editor at Melville House.