The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO, 1949-1963 by David Horner

By David Horner

Winner of the major Minister’s Prize for Australian History

For the 1st time, ASIO has opened its files to an self sustaining historian. With unfettered entry to the documents, David Horner tells the true tale of Australia's family intelligence service provider, from shaky beginnings to the expulsion of Ivan Skripov in 1963.

From the beginning, ASIO's venture used to be to seize spies. within the past due Nineteen Forties, the head mystery Venona software printed information of a Soviet undercover agent ring in Australia, supported through prime Australian communists. David Horner outlines the strategies ASIO utilized in counterespionage, from embassy bugging to surveillance of neighborhood suspects. His learn sheds new gentle at the Petrov Affair, and information incidents and actions that experience by no means been published before.

This authoritative and ground-breaking account overturns many myths approximately ASIO, and provides new insights into broader Australian politics and society within the fraught years of the chilly War.

The secret agent Catchers is the 1st of 3 volumes of The respectable historical past of ASIO.

'The secret agent Catchers is an interesting account of ASIO's early years whilst the most hazard Australia confronted was once from the Soviet regime.' - The Hon. John Howard, OM, AC, former leading Minister of Australia

'This is certainly one of our most vital professional histories.' - The Hon. Kim Beazley, AC, Australian Ambassador to the U.S. of America

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