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  1. The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO Volume 1
    The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO Volume 1
    The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO Volume 1
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  2. The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO Volume 1

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With unprecedented access to their hitherto sealed records, this is the first volume of a remarkable official history of ASIO—a revealing and authoritative account of the early years of Australia's national security intelligence service. This book is the winner of the St Ermin's Hotel (London) Intelligence Book of the Year Award 2015.

For the first time, ASIO has opened its archives to an independent historian. With unfettered access to the records, David Horner tells the real story of Australia's domestic intelligence organization, from shaky beginnings to the expulsion of Ivan Skripov in 1963. From the start, ASIO's mission was to catch spies. In the late 1940s, the top secret Venona program revealed details of a Soviet spy ring in Australia, supported by leading Australian communists. David Horner outlines the tactics ASIO used in counter-espionage, from embassy bugging to surveillance of local suspects. His research sheds new light on the Petrov Affair, and details incidents and activities that have never been revealed before. This authoritative and ground-breaking account overturns many myths about ASIO, and offers new insights into broader Australian politics and society in the fraught years of the Cold War. The Spy Catchers is the first of three volumes of The Official History of ASIO.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
David Horner
Binding
Hardcover
EAN
9781743319666
Edition
Main
ISBN
1743319665
Label
Allen & Unwin
Manufacturer
Allen & Unwin
NumberOfPages
735
PublicationDate
2014-10-07
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
Studio
Allen & Unwin
ReleaseDate
0000-00-00
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

As an Australian, I have always felt unease about ASIO, but I found this book well written, very interesting and it provides a multitude of insights into the times, the people and the events that created and shaped ASIO. The author has done a good job of presenting the politics, the views of the ASIO agents of the time, combining with pointing out potential problems and issues with their actions at many points. Their fixation on the communist party of Australia looks over the top looking back from today, but after reading it, I do get a feel for why they followed that vein so far - and for too long. I learned a great deal more than I knew when I first grabbed it at the airport. It's thick, it's detailed and I am definitely looking forward to the next volume.
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