Someone wrote here a short while ago that I wrote the first expose on Scientology. Not exactly. I wrote the first critical *book,* but while I was trying to sell it, a negative magazine article came out in Life Magazine (written by Alan Levy), and another in Parents Magazine, written by Arlene and Howard Eisenberg.
I think the next major article after those two in America, was mine, which appeared in England in Harper/Queen magazine in December of 69. (I doubt that it was a coincidence that that was also the month of my first death threat).
My book "Scandal of Scientology" came out in 1970. I think George Malko's book "The Now Religion" came out slightly before mine, but I never considered his to be an expose.
As I was completing my book go to to my publisher, I met Bob Kaufman, who had a manuscript he was planning to develop into a book (or perhaps he had completed his book but I don't think he had sold it yet. So he may have actually written, if not published, the first expose of Scientology, although his was a first person account and mine was an investigative reporting job.)
So, I wasn't the first to expose Scientology in print, but mine was probably the first book to come out against them, and I was also the only author to turn activist as concerned them.
(I might have some minor detail wrong on the dates above since this comes from memory, not notes.)