author Paulette Cooper, the most famous victim of the Church of
Scientology’s notorious and ruthless ‘Fair Game’ retaliation schemes.
the former editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, spent two years
working with Cooper, interviewing her and reviewing her personal papers,
as well as interviewing dozens of people, many of whom have never
spoken publicly before, in order to piece together this stunning account
of what it can cost someone to unearth Scientology’s secrets.
sources include witnesses to Cooper’s harassment and, in a few cases,
people who took part in it. Those interviews, as well as documents which
have never been previously made public, provide the first full telling
of what Paulette Cooper experienced — from her childhood in a Nazi
concentration camp, to her life as a New York magazine writer, to
becoming the most famous target of Scientology’s revenge.
Books previously published BBC journalist John Sweeney’s book, The
Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology, and last year
brought Russell Miller’s landmark biography of Scientology’s founder,
Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard, back into print
for the first time in 27 years.
Silvertail publisher Humfrey
Hunter said: “A lot of people have been waiting a long time for Tony
Ortega to write a book about Scientology and The Unbreakable Miss Lovely
will not disappoint. It is an extraordinary story of terrible things
done to a woman who did not deserve them and shines a light into the
darkest corner of the history of the Church of Scientology. Tony has
done a wonderful job with the narrative – the story reads like a
thriller. This is an outstanding work of investigative authorship by a
very fine journalist and I’m delighted Silvertail is to be his
Tony Ortega has written about Scientology as a
journalist for nearly 20 years, and began working with Paulette Cooper
about her life story while he was still at the Voice. Ortega appears in
Alex Gibney’s HBO-produced documentary about Scientology, Going Clear,
which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on
January 25, and he will be in attendance.