Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard
Bare-Faced Messiah is a biography of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Written by Russell Miller and published in 1987, just one year after Hubbard's death, the book strives to paint a true portrait of the religious leader. Every aspect of Hubbard's life is scrutinized, including his early childhood, career as a science-fiction author, stint in the military, creation of Scientology, and troubles that accompanied its success. While many critics praised the book, its publication was met with harassment, and even multiple lawsuits, from the church.