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1992: Andrew Morton showed a Princess in a light we had never seen before--Diana: Her True Story became a #1 New York Times bestseller. 1999: Andrew Morton revealed the young woman behind the blue dress--Monica’s Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller. January 15, 2008: Andrew Morton uncovers the true story of the biggest celebrity of our age.       Everyone knows Tom Cruis 1992: Andrew Morton showed a Princess in a light we had never seen before--Diana: Her True Story became a #1 New York Times bestseller. 1999: Andrew Morton revealed the young woman behind the blue dress--Monica’s Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller. January 15, 2008: Andrew Morton uncovers the true story of the biggest celebrity of our age.       Everyone knows Tom Cruise---or at least what he wants us to know. We know that he overcame a difficult childhood to star in astonishing array of blockbusters: Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire, Jerry Maguire, three Mission: Impossible movies, War of the Worlds, and more. We know he has taken artistic chances, too, and as a result has earned three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globes, along with the respect of acting legends like Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman.      After that, the picture becomes a little less clear. We know that Tom is a Scientologist, but not necessarily what that means in his life. We know that, despite persistent rumors about his sexuality, he has been married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. But it was not until the spring of 2005, when he jumped on Oprah’s couch to proclaim his love for Katie and denounced Brooke Shields for turning to the “Nazi science” of psychiatry, that we began to realize how much we didn’t know about the charming, hardworking star.      For two years, award-winning biographer Andrew Morton has been tirelessly seeking out everyone from former teachers and girlfriends to Scientology insiders to friends who have watched a once-bullied, “nothing special” outsider transform himself into an icon Forbes has called the most powerful celebrity in the world  Here, with never-seen photos and never-heard revelations, is a riveting, sometimes shocking portrait of the real Tom Cruise---his work, his love life, his marriages, his religion---from a master at uncovering the true story behind the public face of celebrity.


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1992: Andrew Morton showed a Princess in a light we had never seen before--Diana: Her True Story became a #1 New York Times bestseller. 1999: Andrew Morton revealed the young woman behind the blue dress--Monica’s Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller. January 15, 2008: Andrew Morton uncovers the true story of the biggest celebrity of our age.       Everyone knows Tom Cruis 1992: Andrew Morton showed a Princess in a light we had never seen before--Diana: Her True Story became a #1 New York Times bestseller. 1999: Andrew Morton revealed the young woman behind the blue dress--Monica’s Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller. January 15, 2008: Andrew Morton uncovers the true story of the biggest celebrity of our age.       Everyone knows Tom Cruise---or at least what he wants us to know. We know that he overcame a difficult childhood to star in astonishing array of blockbusters: Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire, Jerry Maguire, three Mission: Impossible movies, War of the Worlds, and more. We know he has taken artistic chances, too, and as a result has earned three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globes, along with the respect of acting legends like Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman.      After that, the picture becomes a little less clear. We know that Tom is a Scientologist, but not necessarily what that means in his life. We know that, despite persistent rumors about his sexuality, he has been married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. But it was not until the spring of 2005, when he jumped on Oprah’s couch to proclaim his love for Katie and denounced Brooke Shields for turning to the “Nazi science” of psychiatry, that we began to realize how much we didn’t know about the charming, hardworking star.      For two years, award-winning biographer Andrew Morton has been tirelessly seeking out everyone from former teachers and girlfriends to Scientology insiders to friends who have watched a once-bullied, “nothing special” outsider transform himself into an icon Forbes has called the most powerful celebrity in the world  Here, with never-seen photos and never-heard revelations, is a riveting, sometimes shocking portrait of the real Tom Cruise---his work, his love life, his marriages, his religion---from a master at uncovering the true story behind the public face of celebrity.

30 review for Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fabian

    My respite from serious lit. A biography! I was inspired to read this after I saw Joel McHale on E! read it before his programme's "Clip of the Week." I learned how Scientology is a super scary cult, how they have a stronghold on the idiot gods (celebs) of our time. What does this say about us-- foolish public with American Ideals standing in line at the cineplex for the next vehicle starring the All-American Man? I was very into this, finding pleasure in learning about those that inhabit the dud My respite from serious lit. A biography! I was inspired to read this after I saw Joel McHale on E! read it before his programme's "Clip of the Week." I learned how Scientology is a super scary cult, how they have a stronghold on the idiot gods (celebs) of our time. What does this say about us-- foolish public with American Ideals standing in line at the cineplex for the next vehicle starring the All-American Man? I was very into this, finding pleasure in learning about those that inhabit the dude's immediate circle. Not even Nicole Kidman is the good guy of THIS tale! Everyone... is brainwashed! THIS IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL REAL-LIFE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE OF OUR TIME. Tommie Cruise is completely bonkers, & this book is so entertaining for highlighting that point to no end. I suggest people read this to make themselves feel better: at least we have empty pockets, not minds & souls.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Some Scientology terminology for the lay reader: Teegaack: What Earth used to be called, 75 million years ago. Thetans, e-meters, endgrams: Yes, it does sound like a SF novel... Auditing and the Bridge to Total Freedom: Once you reach and join OTIII "you are in a member’s only club where you are going all the way with Timothy McVeigh...” Operating Thetan VII: Once Tom reached this exalted level it meant that several times a day he clutched his E-meter and scoured his body in search of dead spirits ( Some Scientology terminology for the lay reader: Teegaack: What Earth used to be called, 75 million years ago. Thetans, e-meters, endgrams: Yes, it does sound like a SF novel... Auditing and the Bridge to Total Freedom: Once you reach and join OTIII "you are in a member’s only club where you are going all the way with Timothy McVeigh...” Operating Thetan VII: Once Tom reached this exalted level it meant that several times a day he clutched his E-meter and scoured his body in search of dead spirits (endgrams). Um, really. Seriously. I took this book to work and read passages aloud from the utter disbelief of it all. But, the amount of info provided to readers about Scientology is worth having to read a book about Tom Cruise (who, BTW, is a bit of a WIERDO). But, then, maybe you got that feeling already? Ahem.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    Interesting background on Tom Cruise. I always knew a lot about him and this gave me even more insights into his personal life especially Scientology. I like him as an actor but he is a little wackadoodle.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Started to read this because of the crazy scientology stories...if Katie Holmes was really impreginated in a style like Rosemary's Baby it would be AMAZING. Alas, I only read the first 20 pages as I can only have read so many tesimonials/quotes from Tom's 3rd grade girlfriend about his "killer smile" and his teachers trying to convince me he was a bad ass. Im not buying it and I only wanted to read about the looney Scientology stuff...If I decide to give it another chance I'll skip ahead until h Started to read this because of the crazy scientology stories...if Katie Holmes was really impreginated in a style like Rosemary's Baby it would be AMAZING. Alas, I only read the first 20 pages as I can only have read so many tesimonials/quotes from Tom's 3rd grade girlfriend about his "killer smile" and his teachers trying to convince me he was a bad ass. Im not buying it and I only wanted to read about the looney Scientology stuff...If I decide to give it another chance I'll skip ahead until he meets Mimi Rogers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

    Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (15 Jan 2008) Language English ISBN-10: 0312359861 ISBN-13: 978-0312359867 What a gulible and thoroughly dislikeable twat man Cruise is. Everyone should read the scientological bits in this book, such a dangerous money-orientated cult. It would be hard to score this as I hated the subject but think Morton has done one hell of a job.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Smarti

    Since I recently wrote paper about scientology, a totalitarian and possibly very dangerous sect, this was a very interesting read for me. In particular, the last parts in which Mortan talks about the unhealthy relationship between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes has been quite a read. Of course, there is a lot of speculation but Morton effectively and believably gets the point accross that Scientology changed Cruise's personality - not for the good, that is. There was also a lot of blah in the good, Since I recently wrote paper about scientology, a totalitarian and possibly very dangerous sect, this was a very interesting read for me. In particular, the last parts in which Mortan talks about the unhealthy relationship between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes has been quite a read. Of course, there is a lot of speculation but Morton effectively and believably gets the point accross that Scientology changed Cruise's personality - not for the good, that is. There was also a lot of blah in the good, which I just skipped. Hence, three stars for an enjoyable read and a courageous yet sometimes unfocused effort.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I can't help myself. It was on the shelf at the library and I just HAD to read it to see what all the fuss is about. Guess I am a sucker for the "unauthorized biography" of the week. I'll let you know what I think. Just don't hold this pick against me! OK...so now I read it. And, I have to say, this book makes me very happy to have a normal existence in good old central Indiana. I read it while taking everything "with a grain of salt," as it were, but if even 25% of what the author states is trut I can't help myself. It was on the shelf at the library and I just HAD to read it to see what all the fuss is about. Guess I am a sucker for the "unauthorized biography" of the week. I'll let you know what I think. Just don't hold this pick against me! OK...so now I read it. And, I have to say, this book makes me very happy to have a normal existence in good old central Indiana. I read it while taking everything "with a grain of salt," as it were, but if even 25% of what the author states is truth, then this is a VERY scary book. I've always known that Scientology was definitely NOT Biblical, but now I am certain that it is none other than a cult. Like I said, I don't believe everything that is in the book, but there are certainly some grains of truth and the author seems to have done his research where Scientology is concerned. I feel very sorry for those who have been misled into thinking that this is a "religion" or a way to achieve happiness.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wasnick

    You should be in the mood for this kind of thing. Probably most like that 20/20 interview with Michael Jackson talking so calmly with Martin Bashir about insane things- with a 14 year old nuzzling his arm! Interestingly, the book discussed Tom's insne episode with Oprah, pointing out statistically, that the publics revulsion was similar to Michael's crazy baby dangling incident. A whole bunch of a Brit's dryly ironic takes of the power celebrities wield in modern-day America, certainly elevates t You should be in the mood for this kind of thing. Probably most like that 20/20 interview with Michael Jackson talking so calmly with Martin Bashir about insane things- with a 14 year old nuzzling his arm! Interestingly, the book discussed Tom's insne episode with Oprah, pointing out statistically, that the publics revulsion was similar to Michael's crazy baby dangling incident. A whole bunch of a Brit's dryly ironic takes of the power celebrities wield in modern-day America, certainly elevates this to a level that you shoudln't feel brain-dead for reading it. And in a way, I wouldn't have any other outlet to peek into the world of Scientology. That the author holds a bias against what he calls a "cult" is consistent with my pre-conceived notions about Scientology certainly doesn't hurt.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    The first third of the book covers Cruise's early years. It is not boring-- but certainly not exciting. His boyhood was not abnormal and there were no scandels to relate. However once Mimi Rogers introduced him to Scientology, it was a book I didn't want to put down. I will not call Scientolody a religion, and I view it as a cult. I've never known anyone who was a member of a cult and have always thought they appeal to the young, naive, and troubled. This cult/religion is full of older, successf The first third of the book covers Cruise's early years. It is not boring-- but certainly not exciting. His boyhood was not abnormal and there were no scandels to relate. However once Mimi Rogers introduced him to Scientology, it was a book I didn't want to put down. I will not call Scientolody a religion, and I view it as a cult. I've never known anyone who was a member of a cult and have always thought they appeal to the young, naive, and troubled. This cult/religion is full of older, successful celebrities and others which makes it extremely scary. In my opinion, Cruise has gone off the deep end in the last few years as he has embraced Scientology in the higher levels. I still think he is a good actor, but my first thought regarding him is 'strange'!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Should I be embarrassed that this is my favorite book of 2008 so far? Probably. Look, obviously you have to be into this sort of thing, or horrified/fascinated by Tom Cruise and open to the idea that he's nuts, but I totally was and I totally loved this. For anyone looking to solve the puzzles of "WTF with Tom Cruise?" or "Scientology, why?" this book offers the most credible explanations I've read yet. Do I take it as gospel truth? No, but it was definitely entertaining, and believable enough t Should I be embarrassed that this is my favorite book of 2008 so far? Probably. Look, obviously you have to be into this sort of thing, or horrified/fascinated by Tom Cruise and open to the idea that he's nuts, but I totally was and I totally loved this. For anyone looking to solve the puzzles of "WTF with Tom Cruise?" or "Scientology, why?" this book offers the most credible explanations I've read yet. Do I take it as gospel truth? No, but it was definitely entertaining, and believable enough to keep me hooked.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Poor Katie. The latest gossip I read is that she was being followed by Scientology members in the weeks before she filed for divorce. If Cruise Control follows the same pattern that Morton described in this juicy unauthorized biography, her life will become a thriller in the months to come. To think that as a teenager I was, like Katie, infatuated with Tom in Top Gun and wouldn't have minded becoming Mrs. Cruise at all... Wheww, isn't it comforting to be just an anonymous face in the crowd!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Perplexed by the Fascination with Tom Cruise I bought and read this unauthorized biography primarily because I've often wondered why the actor, Tom Cruise, skyrocketed to arguably unprecedented popularity. He's good looking, clearly talented, but frankly, has never done much for me in a heartthrob or...gotta-go-see-the-latest-Tom Cruise movie kind of way. He's only two years younger than I, so as a film fan, I've been subjected to his career for most of my adult life. This book portrays the rise Perplexed by the Fascination with Tom Cruise I bought and read this unauthorized biography primarily because I've often wondered why the actor, Tom Cruise, skyrocketed to arguably unprecedented popularity. He's good looking, clearly talented, but frankly, has never done much for me in a heartthrob or...gotta-go-see-the-latest-Tom Cruise movie kind of way. He's only two years younger than I, so as a film fan, I've been subjected to his career for most of my adult life. This book portrays the rise to celebrity of this public man, and further, provides an expose of the cult of Scientology. Andrew Morton, a good writer who I suspect has researched his subject/s to the best of his ability (Tom Cruise, his associates, and Scientology), has put together an entertaining and discussion-worthy product with this book. One has to ask, however, whenever a biography is "unauthorized," is this all the truth or the assumed truth? Morton must occasionally jump to conclusions. For example, on page 71, when referring to the subject's relationship with his father, Morton writes: "His father did not want any recriminations, any talk of the past. For a young man becoming used to making his own rules, this must have been an irritating imposition, especially coming from a man he at once despised, feared, and still loved." How much is fact and how much is based on assumption or either disgruntled or jealous accounts--or, since I felt the tone was respectful on behalf of the author, were as many accounts based on the admiration of fans? I believe many of the more controversial topics grabbed onto by the mainstream media (paternity of his daughter to name one) are mere mention of suspicion surrounding this Hollywood celebrity. Overall, I think the book portrays Tom Cruise as an egotistical buffoon and it's no wonder the actor and his camp are trashing this account. But ever since the blockbuster hit Top Gun, which made him a "genuine star," as Morton says, "his life would never be his own again." I suspect many already figured out that Cruise was terribly ambitious and, particularly after his scene with Oprah and her couch and the interview with Matt Lauer where he called the respected morning show host, "glib," too eccentric to take seriously. I don't think we needed to read all of the details of his rise to celebrity to get a clearer picture of him. What this book does break ground with is with the history and exposé of the Church of Scientology. This subject is both fascinating and repulsive ... and downright creepy. I don't regret spending a couple days reading this book, but I don't recommend it as it's not the usual sort of thing I like to spend my time reading or suggesting others read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book started out very good. I knew almost nothing about Tom Cruise's upbringing and childhood. I found it interesting. However, Andrew Morton rushed through his high school years and his first couple films. I wanted to know more details and wish he would have taken the time to talk to more people. However I think Mr. Morton knew that Scientology would be the money making part of the book and decided to rush to get there. I felt there were times that he left Tom Cruise's life just to talk ab This book started out very good. I knew almost nothing about Tom Cruise's upbringing and childhood. I found it interesting. However, Andrew Morton rushed through his high school years and his first couple films. I wanted to know more details and wish he would have taken the time to talk to more people. However I think Mr. Morton knew that Scientology would be the money making part of the book and decided to rush to get there. I felt there were times that he left Tom Cruise's life just to talk about Scientology. I don't know much about it but I bought the book to learn about Tom Cruise's life not just Scientology. I was very disappointed in the scant knowledge of his marriage to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman. I wanted to know more about Penelope Cruz and how they came to be and break up. Mr. Morton didn't really explain anything. I would have gave this book a lower rating but the chapters on Scientology were interesting and he did go into detail about it. I would recommend this book to someone who knows nothing about Tom Cruise otherwise wait for the paperback or buy as a bargain book or get from a library.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ~*Kim*~

    We have pretty much known that since his Oprah couch jumping days, Tom Cruise has been losing his marbles. This book reveals to us that he was a nut case long before then, and was even a control freak long before his involvement in Scientology. I think what is most interesting is that this Hollywood hero actually believes the crap that Scientology spews. Like most cults, Scientology tries to call itself a religion in order to gain members. But they are very controlling and very manipulative and We have pretty much known that since his Oprah couch jumping days, Tom Cruise has been losing his marbles. This book reveals to us that he was a nut case long before then, and was even a control freak long before his involvement in Scientology. I think what is most interesting is that this Hollywood hero actually believes the crap that Scientology spews. Like most cults, Scientology tries to call itself a religion in order to gain members. But they are very controlling and very manipulative and dish out severe punishments, such as forcing them to run around a pole all day, if someone does something they don't like, although they consider this a rehabilitation. Tom himself has even been quoted saying "You can't drive past an accident, because as a Scientologist you are the only one who can help". Tom believes himself to be an expert on everything from postpardum depression to child rearing. It's rather sad, because he used to be a respected actor, but now he's mostly just laughed at.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Hmm, this book was not as 'shocking' and 'tell-all' as I had hoped. I thought Morton played it pretty cool. Tom Cruise is a dangerous actor to mess with in terms of his litigious enthusiasm for any writer who portrays anything unpleasant. I wanted juicy gossip on the gay rumors (not too much on that) and I could have done without the first 70 or so pages on Tom's childhood and early career. But the Scientology stuff was fascinating and scary. And that Tom Cruise actually believes his own crap is Hmm, this book was not as 'shocking' and 'tell-all' as I had hoped. I thought Morton played it pretty cool. Tom Cruise is a dangerous actor to mess with in terms of his litigious enthusiasm for any writer who portrays anything unpleasant. I wanted juicy gossip on the gay rumors (not too much on that) and I could have done without the first 70 or so pages on Tom's childhood and early career. But the Scientology stuff was fascinating and scary. And that Tom Cruise actually believes his own crap is even scarier.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    After completing my third biography in a month or so, I have come to the conclusion that biographers are some of the worst writers. The writing is really poor, with errors and inconsistencies. I would actually probably rate this book at 3.5, but I rounded up for the creepiness factor. I loved learning about the Church of Scientology. Consider reading it for that alone.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy Formanski Duffy

    Okay, I'm officially scared of Scientologists. I'm not sure if Andrew Morton intended to scare the crap out of his readers, but he spooked me. I read this book out of morbid curiosity about Tom Cruise. When I picked up the book at work and one of my librarian friends asked, "Really?!" I felt the need to explain that I don't like Tom Cruise and that I'm just fascinated by his Crazy. How did the fun movie star guy that prompted my cousins and I to set up a fake beach volleyball court in my living Okay, I'm officially scared of Scientologists. I'm not sure if Andrew Morton intended to scare the crap out of his readers, but he spooked me. I read this book out of morbid curiosity about Tom Cruise. When I picked up the book at work and one of my librarian friends asked, "Really?!" I felt the need to explain that I don't like Tom Cruise and that I'm just fascinated by his Crazy. How did the fun movie star guy that prompted my cousins and I to set up a fake beach volleyball court in my living room while watching "Top Gun" and singing along to Kenny Loggins turn into this cult-crazed monster? And how can we save Katie Holmes?! Cruise comes off as cold, manipulative, and focused. He's madly in love one minute and dumps someone the next. The Scientology stuff is nuts. According to Morton, hardcore Scientologists believe Cruise is the messiah who will bring their "religion" to the masses. I wanted to cheer when Penelope Cruz and another actress cleverly escaped from him after only briefly dating the man and almost getting sucked into Scientology too. Poor Katie. I'm still not sure if she really was naive or if she was willing to sacrifice normal life in order to fulfill he girlhood dream of marrying Tom. I don't want to believe that Nicole Kidman is a spoiled brat in the way she's presented here, but otherwise I buy most of what the author is saying here. I believe that not many people close to Cruise would be willing to speak out against him after reading this whole thing. We've all seen that video on You Tube. Yikes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kapunkt

    I have been very interested in Scientology for a while and I have a bit of a weakness for Hollywood gossip (actually, it's a big one and I'm not ashamed), so this book should have blown my mind. Sadly, it didn't. It's weird how Cruise - in all his jet-setting, sky-diving, sinister-cult-following, couch-jumping, machiavellian movie mogule, twisted intensity - is still so DULL. Seriously, why is that? He's controlled beyond recognition, arrogant, self-righteous, pompous, humourless and maybe even I have been very interested in Scientology for a while and I have a bit of a weakness for Hollywood gossip (actually, it's a big one and I'm not ashamed), so this book should have blown my mind. Sadly, it didn't. It's weird how Cruise - in all his jet-setting, sky-diving, sinister-cult-following, couch-jumping, machiavellian movie mogule, twisted intensity - is still so DULL. Seriously, why is that? He's controlled beyond recognition, arrogant, self-righteous, pompous, humourless and maybe even kind of... dumb? Is it naive of me to think that Cruise is, more than anything, a witless puppet? He's what happens when insecurity meets early fame meets too much money meets a bunch of crooks calling themselves a "church" and what's left doesn't seem to have a whole lot of personality left. (By the way, I read this more or less as fiction. I have no problem believing that it might be all bullshit.) As a character study, the book falls flat, I think. Maybe it just takes a better writer than Morton to make sense of someone like Cruise. All the women in this book are more interesting. (Except Katie Holmes who's just standing there like a cardboard figure.) I'm sure the book was much more revelatory at the time of its publication, but reading it now as someone who's, uh, quite knowledgeable in the world of gossip, it's a solid: Meh. HOWEVER, I'll support anyone who's willing to take on Scientology and expose these people for what they really are, which is evil. Morton is not shy. So, I'm giving the book five points for this alone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Milan/zzz

    Oh I couldn’t care less about Tom Cruise I mean he’s not someone who fascinates me enough to sit and read his biography. However what attracted me to this book (and why I wanted to steal it from the swap) is my enormous lack of knowledge about Scientology. Recently I saw some documentaries about some students from Serbia who continued studies in USA how they fell in a trap of Scientology. Mostly their parents were talking about the horror many of them are still living, many of them have lost the Oh I couldn’t care less about Tom Cruise I mean he’s not someone who fascinates me enough to sit and read his biography. However what attracted me to this book (and why I wanted to steal it from the swap) is my enormous lack of knowledge about Scientology. Recently I saw some documentaries about some students from Serbia who continued studies in USA how they fell in a trap of Scientology. Mostly their parents were talking about the horror many of them are still living, many of them have lost their kids. Curiously those kids were all quite rich ones and the ones that are “saved” and are in Serbia now spent a fortune [their parents while they were fighting for their kids:] to get out of it. It’s totally crazy and I honestly don’t believe that even Scientologists believe in what are they are preaching. Of course I’m glad I’ve read this book which gave me full perspective about the issue.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Tom Cruise seems like a rich, cocky, simple-minded guy who happens to be a great actor. I don't think that he is gay after reading this book, but I do believe that he is a control freak and because of his wealth and influence, he is able to behave in that manner. He would be able to bring his career back very easily with performances similar to "Valkrye"... if he picks good films (unlike "Knight and Day") and shuts his mouth about his idiotic obsession with Scientology, he could be back on top i Tom Cruise seems like a rich, cocky, simple-minded guy who happens to be a great actor. I don't think that he is gay after reading this book, but I do believe that he is a control freak and because of his wealth and influence, he is able to behave in that manner. He would be able to bring his career back very easily with performances similar to "Valkrye"... if he picks good films (unlike "Knight and Day") and shuts his mouth about his idiotic obsession with Scientology, he could be back on top in a few years. I heard he was going to be in Top Gun II. I hope that it is as good a the Nitendo game Top Gun II which was the worst game ever. (read last line in dripping sarcasm).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I find Tom Cruise's level of foolishness fascinating. I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I read this book, but I did. Actually, I finished it in one night, skimming over just a bit of the boring parts in the beginning. There's a lot of Scientology jargon used that I didn't understand, but if you're into gossip, you would enjoy this trash!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Really good book. A lot of research was done about the cult Scientology. I think that the author really does Tom Cruise justice. So far nothing negative toward the actor. Personally I don't care for Tom Cruise but wanted to know what crazy stuff Scientologists believe. The book is very interesting so far.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I listened to this on my iPod, continuing my celeb book reading binge. It was abridged, though, which was kind of weird. Like, it totally jumped from him being married to Nicole Kidman to him being with Penelope Cruz with no mention of the divorce. Odd. The Scientology stuff, though, was really interesting.

  24. 5 out of 5

    James

    Somebody dared me to read this. "Why not?" I thought. "I could use some mind-numbing light reading for a change." Sweet Jesus! What a waste of publishing resources that was! I shall spend the next few weeks drinking away the brain cells where this piece of shite was stored.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve

    I couldn't get into this book. I realized pretty quickly that I actually don't care enough about Tom Cruise to want to know what his high school girlfriend or his first agent thought of him. It wasn't a horrible book, just really not my cup of tea.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I personally think he is loony - so I cant wait to read this one....

  27. 5 out of 5

    Celine Godfrey

    Well researched, easy to read. Comprehensive presentation of Cruise's childhood and school years including taking part in and astounding everyone with natural performances from the get go. In fact, Cruise seems to be a natural at everything he turns his hand to (except perhaps marriage!). To me, things seem to have come very quickly and quite easily to TC. Morton does make you wonder whether there is anything genuine about Cruise or whether EVERYTHING is a complete act - one that he actually bel Well researched, easy to read. Comprehensive presentation of Cruise's childhood and school years including taking part in and astounding everyone with natural performances from the get go. In fact, Cruise seems to be a natural at everything he turns his hand to (except perhaps marriage!). To me, things seem to have come very quickly and quite easily to TC. Morton does make you wonder whether there is anything genuine about Cruise or whether EVERYTHING is a complete act - one that he actually believes himself! *********************SPOILER ALERTS************************ It also takes us through the Mimi Rogers years (she introduced him to Scientology and was rewarded for it but seems to have only been using him to further her career). Whilst still married to Rogers, spotted and lured Kidman, although Scientologists disapproved, her being Catholic and her father being a well known psychologist and all (both the enemy). I believe their love and marriage were genuine but Cruise got further entrenched in Scientology as he reached higher levels on the "Bridge" whilst Kidman, who is revealed to have become more and more diva-like in her entitled attitude and behaviour towards staff, was becoming more and more resistant to it. She also wanted to be more than eye candy or Mrs Cruise. She also seems to have been the lesser involved parent whilst furthering her career. There's some real eye-opening stuff when it comes to them working with Stanley Kubrick on Eyes Wide Shut, which I believe was truly the beginning of the end for the relationship. There are some scenarios too, whilst acting intimately with other actors, Kidman could be quite cruel and spiteful in some comments to Cruise. It's still unclear exactly as to what in particular caused Cruise to file so suddenly for divorce. She has always maintained it's a mystery to her to this day whilst he has always stated "Nicole knows why"! Who knows exactly what the truth is, especially with celebs who ACT for a living and are a brand and need to keep up a happy image to the outside world. Whilst separated from Kidman, he took up with Penelope Cruz and kept her in the wings (as he did with Kidman when married to Rogers). But again, not a great match considering she's Catholic and puts family above all else (both of which Scientology actively discourages). Then there's Sofia Vergara, too feisty, quickly realised what was happening and didn't take well to being manipulated or controlled! And then Katie Holmes who was too young and naive to realise anything other than her rosy tinted view that this man was her (literally childhood) dream come true. The book ends with his marriage to Holmes but has an updated chapter added afterwards which ends with comments about "sad Katie", "dead eyed Katie", "dissatisfied Katie" (this is after Suri's birth) and Cruise supporting his wife by giving an emphatic standing ovation to her "perfect performance" which others described as bland, in her first Broadway play since returning to acting. Then them leaving the theatre, smiling and waving at adoring fans (many of whom were actually anti Scientology folks bearing "Free Katie" and "Run, Katie, Run" slogans!) And we all know now that she did eventually. It also covers his close friendship with the head of his church, David Miscavage who seems to have had a similar background to him and is certainly as ambitious and driven. Miscavage was his best man at the wedding to Holmes. Cruise seems to love being feted and rewarded by the leader of his church and Miscavage seems to love being friends with a such huge mega star and perhaps lives a little vicariously through him. He has no hesitation however, in manipulating and using Cruise to further the church's and his own agendas and keep very, very close tabs on him and all who he's involved with to the point that basically the church selects, vets and grooms potential Cruise girlfriends. Above all, the book is a fascinating insight into the church of Scientology and it's abuse of powers and parishioners (although Cruise seems to be either unbelievably unaware of this or in serious denial). Corruption and conspiracies at the highest level and how their first line of defence is one of their actual policies - to aggressively attack and destroy any critics or assailants using any means or force necessary. This has included enforcing members to "disconnect" (i.e., completely shun and have no contact whatsoever with) anyone who has criticised or even talked about the church (a Suppressive Person) and has split up families, (think Cruise & Kidman) caused suicides, bankruptcy etc. It's all very sinister and akin to organised crime when the church and Miscavige is unhappy. A good read and I'd recommend it. UPDATE: I read this book immediately after reading Leah Remini's "Troublemaker". So more details about Scientology, Miscavige, Tom Cruise and the Cruise/Holmes wedding have since come out in that. Some of the details raise questions about Morton's book. He didn't include that post Kidman, Cruz and Vergara but pre Holmes, a smart, beautiful and young Scientologist, Nazanin Boniadi, was selected, vetted and groomed by Scientologists to be the 3rd Mrs Cruise. She actually lived with him and his family & kids on his complex for 3 months but was ultimately discarded for some mistake and ended up scrubbing toilets as her punishment. Remini was also a guest at the Cruise/Holmes wedding, seemingly on the condition that she brought her good friends J-Lo and Marc Anthony with her. She writes that since they arrived, the church was constantly trying to separate her from the couple. It seems they used her just to get to J-Lo & MA but wanted her out of the way so they could manoeuvre them into Scientology, especially as J-Lo's father is a longstanding member. However, J-Lo was not sucked in and insisted Remini stay with her and was powerful enough to get her way. Consequently, Remini's punishment was being (falsely) blamed of ruining the wedding by being late, obnoxious, spoilt and demanding. The Cruises never spoke to her again. Remini also angered Miscavige by asking then and since, where was Miscavige's wife Shelley who surely should also have expected to accompany her husband (the best man) to this huge wedding. Instead his assistant, also a high ranking Scientologist accompanied him and according to Remini, they acted as if married. Miscavige's wife apparantly disappeared about 6-7 years ago and still remains absent. Remini went as far as filing an official police missing person's report on her which was quickly closed down by her being told Shelley was fine, away working for the church, didn't want to be contacted etc. It still remains a mystery! I only added that part because none of this was involved in the Morton book, possibly because at the time Remini was still a fully fledged (but starting to question) church member. BUT Morton did state that Miscavige AND HIS WIFE attended the pre wedding celebrations, the wedding itself and that BOTH of them even actually went on the honeymoon with the Cruises. So maybe Morton was wrong in the woman's identity? The woman had also been appointed as soon as Holmes was on the scene to become her new best friend and constant companion. Remini left the church in 2013 still not having had satisfactory answers to many questions she raised, not just about Shelley but also why was she and hundreds of other members being punished for "crimes" that Cruise and Miscavage were also guilty of but getting away with; why was Cruise allowed to rise so high so quickly in the church; why did the church bend over backwards to keep TC happy no matter the expense; and why did the church often seen to be run by TC (whom she also witnessed being a spoilt brat and treating staff very badly over trivial things). So if you want to know even more about Scientology and Tom Cruise, read Remini's book too.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I am not a Tom Cruise fan; I read it for the Scientology tidbits. It stopped a little too soon; I would have liked more on the sinking of the TomKat ship.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brad Hart

    I just wanted to briefly mention a couple things from this book. Since I have maintained an interest in the bizzare world that is Scientology, I decided to see what Morton would have to say about Cruise's involvement with the controversial "Religion." Choosing to write about this highly contentious actor/Scientologist advocate has brought Morton a tremendous amount of media hype and scrutiny. Morton even alleges that he received death threats from Scientologists prior to the book's publication. T I just wanted to briefly mention a couple things from this book. Since I have maintained an interest in the bizzare world that is Scientology, I decided to see what Morton would have to say about Cruise's involvement with the controversial "Religion." Choosing to write about this highly contentious actor/Scientologist advocate has brought Morton a tremendous amount of media hype and scrutiny. Morton even alleges that he received death threats from Scientologists prior to the book's publication. The book itself gives a semi-detailed outline of Tom Cruise's life, with a special emphasis on Cruise's Scientology practices and beliefs. The book alleges that Cruise has climbed to second in command of the organization, and is actively campaigning for the spread of Scientology into other nations (which currently ban the organization from practicing). Morton alleges that the "religion" is extremely intimidating, corrupt, and littered with a history of criminal misdeeds (in particular regarding Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard). As Morton states: "Scientology is evil; its techniques are evil; its practice is a serious threat to our communities medically, morally, and socially; and its adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill...it dominates its believers completely...no other world view or even point of view is tolerated. It is the North Korea of religion." Morton also points out that the success of Scientology should be accredited to its policy of celebrity recruitment. He alleges that Scientology has catered to the celebrity, in an effort to lure them to the fold: "For those working in a profession that is utterly self-involved, the notion of following a faith where the object of devotion and reverence is the self, where a man becomes his own god, is terribly alluring. Scientology strokes the ego as it lightens the wallet." Despite the insight into the life of "Tom Terrific", the book is not without its critics. The New York Times and Washington Post have questioned the research done by Morton, claiming that critics of Scientology (including many former members) are hardly unbiased sources. The Church of Scientology itself has released a fifteen page rebuttal of Morton's book, calling it "a bigoted, defamatory assault replete with lies." Morton argues that many of his sources are undocumented because they have requested anonymity. Morton argues that if they were to come forward, the Church of Scientology would destroy them through lies, deceit, and scandal. Morton argues that this is a common tactic of Scientology. As L. Ron Hubbard himself wrote, "The only way you can control people is to lie to them." If you are interested in the bizzare world of Scientology, this book is for you. It puts a personal spin on what Scientology is capable of.

  30. 5 out of 5

    RNOCEAN

    Everyone knows Tom Cruise---or at least what he wants us to know. We know that he overcame a difficult childhood to star in astonishing array of blockbusters: Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire, Jerry Maguire, three Mission: Impossible movies, War of the Worlds, and more. We know he has taken artistic chances, too, and as a result has earned three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globes, along with the respect of acting legends li Everyone knows Tom Cruise---or at least what he wants us to know. We know that he overcame a difficult childhood to star in astonishing array of blockbusters: Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire, Jerry Maguire, three Mission: Impossible movies, War of the Worlds, and more. We know he has taken artistic chances, too, and as a result has earned three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globes, along with the respect of acting legends like Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman. After that, the picture becomes a little less clear. We know that Tom is a Scientologist, but not necessarily what that means in his life. We know that, despite persistent rumors about his sexuality, he has been married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. But it was not until the spring of 2005, when he jumped on Oprah’s couch to proclaim his love for Katie and denounced Brooke Shields for turning to the “Nazi science” of psychiatry, that we began to realize how much we didn’t know about the charming, hardworking star. For two years, award-winning biographer Andrew Morton has been tirelessly seeking out everyone from former teachers and girlfriends to Scientology insiders to friends who have watched a once-bullied, “nothing special” outsider transform himself into an icon Forbes has called the most powerful celebrity in the world Here, with never-seen photos and never-heard revelations, is a riveting, sometimes shocking portrait of the real Tom Cruise---his work, his love life, his marriages, his religion---from a master at uncovering the true story behind the public face of celebrity. Rate 4/5. A very interesting book about someone caught up in celebrity and stardom. I doubt that few people know the real Tom Cruise because I feel that he only shows the world what he wants them to believe.

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