- Series: A Tower book
- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: Belmont/Tower; Mass market edition (1971)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0007AF8KA
- Package Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,451,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The scandal of scientology (A Tower book) Paperback – 1971
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I lived there the years Paulette came down to speak at rallies of the citizens there. I was on the inside of Scientology during those times, and on the "elite" Flag Sea Org staffer briefings we got, we got them from our Guardian's Office PR spokespeople who gave us the slanted in house version of all the "bad" intolerant citizens, who attended these anti Scientology rallies in Clearwater.
I got out of Scientology, quit or retired, in mar 2003, admittedly I shouldn't ever have joined.
Every single statement in her well written account, is practically still valid today.
The paperback is so under published, it's price is today out the roof on amazon, sad, because it still is so valid.
There is ample other books today, but Paulette's book no longer gains her royalties, so there are other places, like on Carnegie Mellon University's "Secrets of Scientology" website put up by some courageous free speech advocate academics at CMU back in the 1990s, so the public who want a simple straightforward read, and you can read Paulette's book in a sitting or two, easily, the website book is readable, and a fast concise accurate read still today.
Paulette's life is a triumph of a beautiful woman who bested, barely, the Scientology devious malevolent irreligious intelligence operations (L. Ron Hubbard is the author of the crazy rules of Scientology that dedicated Scientologists heartlessly perpetrated to try and almost did, ruin her life entirely, almost driving dear beautiful Paulette to suicide at the depths of the Scientology evil attacks on her life).
Paulette's life is a complicated side story, but all time excellently now told by one journalist who really understood Scientology from day one, Tony Ortega. (Scientology's devious agent provacateiuring of her life made her life a complicated hell for her.for 15 or so years.)
"The Unbreakable Miss Lovely" by Tony Ortega is Paulette's story.
Enough said, read BOTH books, buy Tony's book, and visit Tony Ortega's "Underground Bunker" site, for links to ALL of the other excellent books on Scientology history and thousands and thousands of leads into Scientology's crazy history.
That Tony chose to honor and write of Paulette's life, is a huge thankyou to Paulette for her determination to take on Scientology.
It's not like she is faultless, she had her ups and downs, due to the devious nature of Scientology's determined campaign against her, and Tony's book covers all the twists and turns over the 15 or so years Scientology really went after her.
All I'd criticize, of this book, and of all the other books, with just a few exceptions, is the question that people ask, but which still goes in everyone's ear and out the other ear, without being answered is WHY?
Why does Scientology still attract people?
From experience, all us somewhat intelligent ex-dupes, like me, will say, we agree, DON"T join, DON'T waste your life and money on Scientology.
But still, people do get suckered into Scientology.
But this book, "Scandal of Scientology" has diverted some people BACK to more normal life paths, away from losing all their time and money by becoming involved in the all involving Scientology.
Some, even like me, heard all the criticism, and still, our dupe genes, or whatever our problems were that still drove us to get involved, we did go waste our decades of life on Scientology.
In any case, thankyou Paulette Cooper, from a very long term dupe.
All I re-read in your book, still holds true today. I am so sorry we murderously drove you to depression and near suicide, what we in Scientology did to you should have earned more of us to go to jail.
Reading the truth of what we did, in Tony Ortega's book, "The Unbreakable Miss Lovely" outraged me.
Thankyou so much Paulette Cooper for taking the time you did to make it through all the suffering we threw at you and are living a good life even today, at the time I write this.
Her book is meticulously researched and was the first really in-depth expose of Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard. Ms. Cooper presented facts and only facts. The fact that she wrote this so many years ago and the Scientology people have only gotten worse is a lesson for everyone. L. Ron Hubbard was still living when this book was researched and written.
Her book is available on her website for free. It can be downloaded or read online. She also has many of the documents used in her research and information about the smear campaign against her and the court cases. Just search for her website.
By his own admission, science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard said the best way to get rich would be to start a religion. This led him to write his book titled Dianetics, andf the rest is history. Their publications claim it is an 'applied religios philosophy', but appears to be a strange blend of psycho-analysis and reincarnation.
Of course, Scientology is no stranger to scandal and controversy if you are a news buff, so I applaud the efforts of Ms Cooper. This book is a thorough investigation of the organization and it's tactics from what I recall. As the bible warns us of such men, 'professing themselves to be wise they become fools'. A perfect example of the blind leading the blind!