'In May 1981, a Turkish Mafioso, Mehmet Ali Agca, attempted but failed to kill the Pope in St Peter's Square. Western intelligence has been trying to discover who was behind this attack ever since. Nigel West has conducted the most painstaking and detailed investigation of this mystery to date... Chapters read like an entertaining adventure novel.' Oleg Gordievsky. Literary Review. The Third Secret, based on numerous documents recently declassified in Warsaw, Moscow and Washington DC, as well as on extensive interviews with many of the key players, sheds new light on the Soviet involvement in the failed assassination plot. Nigel West, supreme chronicler of the intelligence world, reveals the extraordinary strength of the Slavic pontiff's personal commitment to the destruction of Communism in Europe as, covertly through the Vatican, the CIA essentially funded the rise of the Solidarity movement in Poland in the 1980s, which began the undermining of the Soviet Bloc. Stemming from the Pope's belief in his own destiny and in what he felt to be divine intervention, there emerges a unique tale of espionage, subversion, plot and counter-plot - in what turned out to be the final manoeuvres of the Cold War.