The controversial biography covers the period from 1911, when Hubbard was born to his death in 1986.

It reduces his life to six distinct periods: His early life, his success as a science fiction author in the 1930s and 40s, his military career in the Second World War, his creation of Dianetics and Scientology, his journeys at sea with his followers in 1960s and 70s and his reclusive final years in the mid 1970s to 1986.

Miller obtained Hubbard’s teenage diaries and his military service records and his FBI files.

Miller also spoke to Hubbard’s friends and his family members.

His main source was a set of Hubbard’s personal papers taken by Gerry Armstrong – a disaffected former employee of the Church if Scientology.

Armstrong had been preparing material for an official biography of Hubbard but handed them over to Miller.

The Church of Scientology refused all cooperation with Miller.


Miller was warned that writing an unauthorized biography of Hubbard would prove tricky.

Miller claimed that while researching the book who was spied upon constantly and followed.

He alleges his friends received hostile visits from Scientologists and private detectives trying to find ‘dirt’ on him.

The Sunday Time alleged that its reporter was being ‘kept under constant watch. Every time he goes abroad a two-man mission will be waiting for him at the airport when he arrives. They will monitor where he goes, who he sees, where he stays. This information will be added to his file, which is already more than 100 pages thick.’

A Church spokesman dismissed these allegations, saying, ‘anyone giving you this sort of information must be crazy or on drugs.’

The Church wanted Bare-Faced Messiah’s publication halted on account of the copyright issues arising from Armstrong handing over Hubbard’s papers to Miller.

They succeeded in the United States, but in the UK and Canada the book was printed and sold.

Only 14,000 copies were produced and printed in the United States and most ended up in public libraries.



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