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A Covert Action

Nonfiction: Biography, History
Unabridged   11 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/30/2018

A Covert Action

Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684412860
Digital Download ISBN:9781684412877


A Covert Action is the dramatic untold story of one of the CIA's most successful Cold War intelligence operations.

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Product Description

In this gripping narrative history, Seth G. Jones reveals the CIA's involvement in a landmark victory for democracy during the Cold War. In 1983, while Soviet- backed Polish prime minister Wojciech Jaruzelski worked to crush a budding opposition movement through martial law, the CIA launched a sophisticated intelligence campaign supporting dissident groups—particularly trade union-turned-political force Solidarity. With President Ronald Reagan's support, American funds bankrolled clandestine newspapers, broadcasting, and information warfare. This initiative, code-named QRHELPFUL, proved vital in establishing a free and democratic Poland.

Long overlooked by CIA historians and Reagan biographers, the story features an extraordinary cast of characters—including spymaster Bill Casey, CIA officer Richard Malzahn, Solidary leader Lech Walesa, and Pope John Paul II. Based on in-depth interviews and recently declassified evidence, A Covert Action celebrates a decisive victory over tyranny for U.S. intelligence behind the Iron Curtain, one that prefigured the Soviet collapse.


“A tale of victory for peace, for freedom, and for the CIA ― a trifecta rare enough to make for required reading.” —The American Spectator

“Complex and well-written… the person-to-person nature of the operation is ideally suited to Jones’s narrative format and the vivid character sketches that inform it. This account will reward readers interested in human and government behaviors in high-risk, high-stress situations.” —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Seth G. Jones is the Harold Brown Chair and Director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), as well as the author of A Covert Action, In the Graveyard of Empires, and Hunting in the Shadows. He lives outside of Washington, DC.