Finally got a copy.
Nothing really new here for most board members, but its all there in one place for those that know nothing about it. The magazine devotes some considerable space to the subject, with three separate articles.
"Is Scientology a Cult?" by Michael Shermer answers the question "yes" and tells why for two pages.
"Galactic Overlord Xenu Strikes Scientology" by the tireless James Randi reports some history and the latest with the Australian labor flap.
The main article is ostensibly a book review of Reitman and Urban's tomes, but its really an expert condensation of the eleven commercially available books (although I didn't know "The Road to Total Freedom" by Roy Wallis), with two pages of informative footnotes that DC would approve of. It includes all the shocking & documented highlights, at least one per paragraph and sometimes more.
The Decline and (Probable) Fall of the Scientology Empire
L. Ron Hubbard, Dianetics, and Scientology's Transition to a Religion
Operation Snow White and Tax Battles
Nominal Reform and David Miscavige's Assumption of Power
A Few Scientology Policies Associated With Claims of Abuse
Internet War and Lisa McPherson
Tom Cruise, South Park, and Anonymous
What Moves the Needle of the E-Meter?
One can get a feel for the tone from the opening:
"There once was a man who considered himself an explorer, a military hero, a mystic, a philosopher, a nuclear physicist, and an expert in human nature. In fact, he was none of these. He was an adventurer, a writer of pulp fiction, and a teller of tall tales. He was a college dropout, a bigamist, convicted of petty theft and fraud, and named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to infiltrate and steal information from U.S. government agencies. Despite his unimpressive physique, he was a larger-than-life, charismatic figure who persuaded thousands of people to believe in and pay large sums of money to learn more about a view of the world he constructed from a foundation of pseudoscience, bad philosophy, science fiction, and space opera. He came to believe his own claims of developing the power to shape the world to his tastes and improve one's physical and especially mental states through specific techniques he invented that precluded all psychiatric drugs, and yet he died alone with matted hair and rotting teeth, with the anti-anxiety drug Vistaril in his system ... After a short period of uncertainty after his death, another man assumed authority by systematically eliminating potential competitors and controlling the flow of information within the organization(s)."