Shortlist year: 
2014
Shortlist category: 
Australian history
Published by: 
Quadrant Books

About the book

Australias Secret War front cover
Winner

This book tells the shocking, true, but until now largely suppressed and hidden story of the war waged from 1939 to 1945 by a number of key Australian trade unions against their own society and against the men and women of their own country’s fighting forces at the time of its gravest peril.

The author’s conclusions are based on a broad range of sources, from letters and first-person interviews between the author and ex-servicemen to official and unofficial documents from the archives of World War II.

This secret war was a conflict that may have cost the lives of many Australian and allied servicemen and women, and eventually, the author argues, that of wartime prime minister John Curtin.