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A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland

Seth G. Jones.
Item #: D12296
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 320 / 2018
Publisher: W.W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393247008
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In 1981, the Soviet-backed Polish government declared martial law to crush a budding democratic opposition movement. Facing the most significant crisis of his fledgling presidency, Ronald Reagan authorized a CIA operation to help Solidarity conduct a multi-media information campaign against the government. Based on interviews and recently declassified evidence, Seth Jones's gripping narrative reveals the little-known history of one of America's most successful covert operations through its most important characters—spymaster Bill Casey, CIA officer Richard Malzahn, Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, and Pope John Paul II—who were instrumental to the success of the program, a quiet victory that prefigured the later Soviet collapse.


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