Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography
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Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  835 ratings  ·  240 reviews
Everyone knows Tom Cruise—or at least what he wants us to know. We know that the man behind the smile overcame a tough childhood to star in astonishing array of blockbusters: Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire, three Mission: Impossible movies, and more. We know he has taken artistic chances, too, earning him three Academy Award an...more
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Published January 15th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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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 members' only club where you are going all the way with Timothy McVeigh (the Oklahoma bomber)."

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 sea...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Kay
Jan 22, 2008 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tom Cruise fans & people wanting to know about Scientology
Shelves: biography
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...more
Loederkoningin
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!
Stephanie
Mar 27, 2008 Stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people puzzled by Tom Cruise
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Marsha
Apr 06, 2008 Marsha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like to read about movie stars
Recommended to Marsha by: The news media
I do like Tom Cruise as an actor, but as Andrew Morton demonstrates by examples in his book, Cruise's obsession with Scientology and control have taken over his personal life. He let it effect his marriage to Nicole Kidman, leading to its demise. And it is now effecting his marriage to Katie Holmes. He believes in Scientology so strongly that he does not want to deal with others who do not believe in the same. I think that it is okay to have a belief, but to infer that others are wrong because t...more
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...more
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...more
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!
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.
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.
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.
Louise
I read this to find out how Tom Cruise got into Scientology and why he stays. Author Andrew Morton did a meticulous job of showing both. Extensive interviews show the ups and downs of his childhood and his somewhat overnight success. When you know the background, you can can't miss that Cruise is repeating the behavior of his own father in his whirlwind courtships/marriages and in discarding people at will.

Perhaps it was his smile, but prior to reading this book I thought that if Cruise knew of...more
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.
Alexandra
Das war genau das, was ich mir von dieser Biografie erhofft hatte. Ich bin ja so gar kein Fan von Tom Cruise, aber die Verstrickungen des Schauspielers in die Machenschaften von Scientology interessieren mich ungemein. Diesen Fokus des Buches hat Andrew Morton mehr als übererfüllt. In nur 120 Seiten wird der traditionelle Werdegang von Cruise geschildert und dann gehts schon los mit der Sekte.

In spannender Weise wird das Konstrukt des ewig lächelnden Superstars Sekte, Filme, (Ehe-)Frauen, Einflu...more
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...more
Curtis
Yes- I am a Tom Cruise fan... and Eyes Wide Shut is one of my all time favorite films. But I didn't buy this audio book because I thought Andrew Morton was going to shed a positive light on Cruise, nor did I think this book would be particularly factual. But I hoped it would be interesting, entertaining, and provide some insight into my favorite Tom Cruise films.

This unauthorized biography wasn't as tabloid trashy as I was afraid it might be, although Morton does take his share of cheap shots at...more
Chris
I love biographies and reading about other people's lives. Some of the best "pulp" biographies I've read include "Wired", by Bob Woodward about John Belushi, and "The Lives of John Lennon," by Albert Goldman. These were easy and entertaining reads that I finished in a matter of days, if not hours. On the other hand, it took me many months to finish "The Education of Henry Adams" (an autobiography that's considered one of the best nonfiction books ever written) and the better part of two years to...more
Carol
It is difficult to separate Tom from Scientology these days as he is the poster boy for recruitment. I have read other terrifying books about Scientology, and this cautionary tale is no different. Three of Tom's wives have escaped the clutches of this dangerous cult with good reason. I am a prime example of how anti-anxiety meds have changed my life and relationships, so I am immediately suspicious of anyone stating unequivocably that anyone can be "cured" of any ailment with their methods and t...more
Biezonder
Tom Cruise als acteur heeft me nooit echt aangesproken, maar zijn band met Scientologie daarentegen fascineert me mateloos. Vooral omdat de religie/sekte zo nieuw is en de inhoud ervan een goed bewaard geheim lijkt.
Hoe kan iemand, en dan vooral een gevierd acteur als Cruise, zo in de ban zijn van een sekte die gelooft dat buitenaardse wezens de aarde hebben overgenomen? Het boek geeft een inzicht in de psyche en geschiedenis van Cruise en zijn diepgaande band met Scientologie, waar hij tot mijn...more
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Andrew David Morton (born 1953) is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His groundbreaking biography Diana: Her True Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as was Monica's Story, an authorized biography of Monica Lewinsky, and Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year, his other New York T...more
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