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The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper Paperback – May 1, 2015
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Tony Ortega is executive editor of The Raw Story and former editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. He’s been writing about Scientology throughout his career, and also operates his own website with breaking news about the church at www.tonyortega.org. He lives in New York City. The Unbreakable Miss Lovely is his first book.
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This fast-paced David and Goliath story taps into our deepest longings and turns up the suspense until the startling end. When Paulette Cooper, a smart and beautiful young Holocaust survivor struggles to make it as a writer in New York, she is bullied, threatened, and terrorized by a rapacious criminal enterprise seeking her total ruination. How did she survive the onslaughts of insidious deception and callous brutality cloaked in the guise of a religion?
The Unbreakable Miss Lovely is the shocking true-account of journalist Paulette Cooper who shined a spotlight on the Church of Scientology back in the 1970s with a bestselling paperback called "The Scandal of Scientology." For telling the truth she nearly paid with her life..
I'll be very surprised if a Hollywood bidding war for the film and television rights to this story is not already taking place.
This book has it all - sordid doings and nefarious behaviour by a "church", a beautiful and courageous heroine alone against a powerful and vengeful enemy, shocking twists and turns, a host of details never revealed before.
I devoured the book.
It is well paced, well written, deeply researched by a first-class reporter and very moving.
It begs to be made into a blockbuster movie.
Read it and weep that Scientology has a tax-exemption from the IRS.
Read it and rejoice that "The Unbreakable Miss Lovely" is alive and well and that her story is told.
Tony Ortega is a member of an endangered species in the spectrum of today's journalists, dedicated to truth-telling even when it hurts. He has done a remarkably thorough amount of research, with many original sources and startling revelations. But the book never reads as a pedantic exercise, always as an exciting story that you want to follow to the end. Even if you already know how it ends.
Some may wonder why researchers and journalists still dig in the muck of awful things that happened decades ago, why it matters, who cares? How does the story of a brave soul who dared to tweak the tail feathers of a secretive minor cult in the seventies have any relevance today?
The reason it matters is that the abuses still go on, not just in Scientology. If you cannot speak up about what you know then you share in the spreading of the shadows that hide the crimes. Thank God for those who dare to shine a light to make the cockroaches scurry for their hidey holes.
Some day Scientology and all its horrors, inanities and sorrows will be just a side note in an academic tome that is studied only for reference to other similar excesses of the 20th century. Some day may all those who sorrow for their loved ones be reunited. But there will always be those who prey on the weaknesses and dreams of others for personal gain. There will always be liars, and willing listeners with a desperate need to believe lies that make them feel important, or loved, or hopeful. The more we know about these and the more we know about how they operate the better we are equipped to make good decisions.
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Even if you aren't into the Scientology angle (I am) it's quite a gripping story.Read more