This is the fourth Scientology related book I have made post about so far. This book is about looks mostly at the Hubbard era during the 1970’s (mostly). Previously I have looked at two books from former members which looks at their time with Scientology and a biography of the founder L. Ron Hubbard. The Unbreakable Miss Lovely is about the fascinating life of journalist Paulette Cooper and her confrontations with Scientology itself after writing some works critical of them.
The Unbreakable Miss Lovely is a book written by Tony Ortega who specialises in writing about the goings on within the Church of Scientology in his blog The Underground Bunker. Tony Ortega is now one of the many spiritual successors to the writings of Scientology done by Paulette Cooper and a few former Scientologists. It is not just Paulette’s story relating to Scientology I found interesting, in our current time of the Internet and social media it is fascinating to read about how the journalism was done in the 1970’s. Verifying sources and interviewing providers of potential stories for example.
As the book is about Paulette Cooper’s life there is less focus here on the teachings of Scientology itself although there are some brief details of L. Ron Hubbard and his relationships. What we do see is how Scientology handles critics (Fair Game as it was called by Hubbard) and we read about how Scientology use it too full affect against Paulette Cooper.
Tony Ortega writes about Paulette Cooper’s time as a child and going on to university, both intelligent and attractive, we see how she gets to work in advertising and journalism and of course what happens when she writes about Scientology. We read about how Scientology constantly tried to harass Paulette, to break her because of her critical writings about them. Despite everything they throw at her however, she carries on working, writing and not appearing to break down. At best the measures gone to harass Paulette is petty and at worst is shocking. We read about what affect this has on Paulette both mentally and physically and how she gets betrayed by people she thought were her friends.
This book made me love Paulette Cooper, although I was made aware of her story before reading this book, I couldn’t help but root for her. Even when the sticks were down and she was close to giving in we see her standing up again and not being ground down. If you had no idea about Paulette Cooper and saw this as a work of fiction, you would be forgiven for thinking that the writer is causing too much pain on the main character and that they should tone it down a bit, however as we already know, these events did indeed happen. Regardless of your views on Scientology it is most certainly an inspiring story especially when it comes to keeping your head up when it appears that everything is falling apart. Paulette Cooper is what I would consider to be a true role model.