Next to resolute whispers of Tom Cruise planning to publicly renounce the intersection of Franklin and Bronson Avenues in Los Angeles, it doesn’t get much more PR nightmarish at the turn of 2015 for the Church of Scientology than confirmation of Tony Ortega‘s book plans.
From today’s announcement:
Ortega, the former editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, spent two years working with Paulette 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.
His 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 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.
London-based Silvertail Books, which bought the rights directly from Ortega, is initially planning a simultaneous U.S./UK paperback and eBook release. Cooper meanwhile continues to offer free access to her seminal 1971 tome The Scandal of Scientology via her personal website. That book is a perfect way for anyone who has not already read to prepare for Ortega’s forthcoming Scientology Mayday.
Update (3:00 p.m.):
From Ortega in the blog post comments, this very funny detail:
We had hoped to save this news for Monday, but our webmaster, preparing for the announcement, accidentally posted the image of the cover for a few seconds. That was enough to let the cat out of the bag. So those of you folks who jumped all over it, forcing our hand, how about now doing us a solid and spreading this news through Twitter and Facebook?
[Jacket cover via: tonyortega.org]