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The Resource The Spy Catchers

The Spy Catchers

Label
The Spy Catchers
Title
The Spy Catchers
Title number
Volume I
Statement of responsibility
David Horner
Title variation
  • Spycatchers
  • Official history of ASIO 1949-1963
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 organisation, 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 counterespionage, 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 a fascinating account of ASIO's early years when the main threat Australia faced was from the Soviet regime.' - The Hon. John Howard, OM, AC, former Prime Minister of Australia 'This is one of our most important official histories.' - The Hon. Kim Beazley, AC, Australian Ambassador to the United States of America
Summary
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 organisation, 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
Award
Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History, 2015.
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10470678
Cataloging source
BVISBN
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1948-
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Horner, David
Dewey number
327.1294
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • History
  • Politics & Current Affairs
Target audience
adult
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the official history of ASIO, 1949-1963
Label
The Spy Catchers
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Control code
BORROWBOX:AAU_088225
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781743439074
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Spy Catchers
Control code
BORROWBOX:AAU_088225
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781743439074
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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