The Unbreakable Miss Lovely - How the Church of Scientology tried to Destroy Paulette Cooper; Tony Ortega; 2015; Silvertail Books; 394 pages
Miss Lovely was a Scientology code word for one of the first and biggest enemies: Paulette Cooper. The book has no index, a major failing. It is the account of how the church tried to ruin her after the wrote a book called The Scandal of Scientology in '71. The book is heavily leaded, so in is actually quick a quick read. The lengths Scientology will go to attack critics are well known to those of us who have followed it. Anonymous notes to neighbors and employers alleging sexual dalliances, and all kinds of other crap; law suites galore; wire taps, direct threats and so on. In Paulette's case, a fellow befriended her and lived with her for 4 months during some of her more trying times. She came close to suicide and finding out her new friend was actually a church spy did not help. The battle continued for 20 years. At one point, she hooked up with a PI who was working for a European billionaire whose son was duped by the church. She was even hired by the PI. To make sure she wasn't being conned again, she travelled to Europe and met the billionaires lawyer. But it was all a con. Scientology owned the PI.
I tried to find Paulette's book. It can be had for a few hundred dollars on the net. Like many other books, it has been suppressed (she actually gave up the copyright as part of a settlement). Well written and not without its tension, the book is a real page turner an a good summary of the battles with the church from 1970 thru 1990.
If you have never read about Scientology, I would recommend this one. If you have, it is good background.
Lee Moller is a life-long skeptic and atheist and the author of The God Con.