Shortlist year: 
2015
Shortlist category: 
Australian history
Published by: 
Allen & Unwin

About the book

Bookcover of The Spy Catchers.  The Offical Hostory of ASIO 1949 - 1963 by David Horner
Winner

For the first time, ASIO has opened its archives. With unrestricted 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.

This authoritative and ground-breaking account overturns many myths about ASIO, offering new insights into broader Australian politics and society in the fraught years of the Cold War.