Scientology Leader David Miscavige's Father to Pen Tell-All Book

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US Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center David Miscavige speaks during the inauguration of the Church of Scientology in Madrid, 18 September 2004.

'If He Dies, He Dies' will offer a rare inside look at the Church and its leader.

Ronald Miscavige Sr., the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige, has signed to a deal for his memoir, If He Dies, He Dies, with St. Martin’s Press, the publisher confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

The title refers to a story in an April 8 Los Angeles Times article that revealed that David Miscavige had put his father under surveillance because he had grown estranged from the church and his son. When one investigator saw Ron grab his chest in an apparent heart attack, he called his Scientology employers to see if he should intervene. David personally called him back and said, “if he dies, he dies.”

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Longtime Scientology observer Tony Ortega reported the news of the book on his blog about the Church, The Underground Bunker. Publisher's Marketplace, a site followed by publishing insiders, also reported news of the book. 

David Miscavige, 55, has been the head of the controversial religion since soon after founder L. Ron Hubbard died in 1986. He was introduced to the Church by his father, who joined in the late 1960s.

David Miscavige has been known for his extravagant lifestyle and effort to cultivate Hollywood stars as Church members. A true insider account of life in the Church and a full portrait of its leader by his father would be a blockbuster book. David’s niece, Jenna Miscavige, wrote an unflattering account of her uncle in 2013’s Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape.

The Church has come under fire lately, with director Alex Gibney suggesting it should lose its tax exempt status. Gibney directed Going Clear, a documentary for HBO critical of the Church based on the bestselling book of the same name by Lawrence Wright. 

Miscavige is said to have been working on the book for a number of years. No publication date has been announced. 

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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