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DIANETICS 42ND BIRTHDAY MARKED WITH SALE OF 15-MILLIONTH COPY

 DIANETICS 42ND BIRTHDAY MARKED WITH SALE OF 15-MILLIONTH COPY
 LOS ANGELES, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridge Publications issued the following:
 "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health," the top self- help bestseller by L. Ron Hubbard, marks its 42nd record-breaking year with the sale of its 15-millionth copy.
 With more than 80 printings in paperback alone, "Dianetics" can be read in 22 languages and has reached the top of best seller lists in France, Italy, Denmark, Mexico, Japan, China and the United States. The 1988 release in China sold out in three weeks, requiring an immediate reprint, and in 1991, the release of the new Japanese edition of "Dianetics" was proclaimed as the country's top new book release.
 First released on May 9, 1950, the book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 26 weeks. In 1986 "Dianetics" returned to the New York Times bestseller list, hitting number one in March 1988, 38 years after it was first released, a publishing industry first. It is the only self improvement book to appear on this list in three separate decades.
 Recently accepted as a part of Huntington Library's collection of world renowned prestigious literary works, its associate curator for rare books and manuscripts remarked that Hubbard was "clearly the great communicator of the 20th century."
 "Dianetics" made headlines again this year when actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston gave birth to their first child and announced they used the procedures in the book to prepare for the baby's smooth delivery.
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