The Spy Catchers

The Official History of ASIO, 1949-1963

David Horner
AUD $34.99
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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.

Winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History

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 the first of three volumes of The Official History of ASIO.

'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

Author bio:

David Horner, AM, is Emeritus Professor of Australian defence history in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.

Category: History
ISBN: 9781760290429
Awards: Long-listed Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Australia Prize for a Book 2015 AU; Joint winner/co-winner. Prime Minister's Literary Award - Prize for Australian History 2015 AU; Winner St Ermin's Hotel Intelligence Book of the Year 2015 GB
Table Of Contents: List of Figures and Tables

Preface

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Glossary

Chronology

Introduction


PART 1: FEDERATION TO THE COLD WAR, 1901-1949

1 Counterespionage or Political Surveillance? Australia's Early Security Intelligence Organisations, 1901-1945

2 Adapting to a New Threat: Postwar Security and Intelligence in Australia, 1945-1948

3 Reacting to the Leaks: British and American Concerns about Australian Security, February-July 1948

4 Under Irresistible Pressure: Chifley Forms a New Security Service, July 1948-March 1949

PART 2: ESTABLISHMENT AND CONSOLIDATION, 1949-1954

5 Building a New Security Service: ASIO under Justice Reed, 1949

6 Trying to Crack 'The Case': The End of Reed's Term as Director-General, 1949-1950

7 Reshaping and Consolidating: Charles Spry Becomes Director-General of Security, 1950-1953

8 Contesting the Cold War: ASIO Confronts the Communists, 1950-1954

9 Watching and Recording: Field Operations against the Communists, 1950-1953

10 Vetting, Checking and Advising: ASIO's Protective Security Role, 1950-1954

11 Keeping Out Undesirables: Overseas Liaison, Refugees and War Criminals, 1950-1955

12 Moving Beyond 'The Case': Counterespionage Operations, 1950-1953

PART 3: PETROV AND THE ROYAL COMMISSION, 1951-1955

13 ASIO's Triumph: The Defection of Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov, 1951-1954

14 Out of the Shadows: ASIO and the Royal Commission on Espionage, 1954-1955

PART 4: EXPANSION AND PROFESSIONALISM, 1956-1963

15 Strengthening the Organisation: Legislation, Politics and Administration, 1956-1963

16 Seeking Comprehensive Coverage: Counter-subversion Operations, 1955-1963

17 Disruption, Propaganda and Exposure: Broadening the Counter-subversion Approach, 1955-1963

18 Searching for Illegals: Counterespionage Operations, 1955-1959

19 Resolving Doubts in the Commonwealth's Favour: Protective Security, 1955-1963

20 Building a Worldwide Network: ASIO's International Connections, 1956-1963

21 Return of the Russians: A Counterespionage Success? 1959-1963

Conclusion

Appendix: Protecting the Identity of ASIO Agents: The Case of Mercia Masson

Bibliography

Notes

Index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: November 2015
Page Extent: 736
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Australasian & Pacific history

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