This finely researched first volume of its official history, explains in detail why and how ASIO was formed. It also illuminates what was arguably ASIO's greatest accomplishment—the defection of the Soviet diplomat and KGB agent Vladimir Petrov and his wife Evdokia in April 1954.
Throughout his fascinating narrative, Horner details many activities of our nation's spy catchers that have never been published. Well written and clearly constructed, the book is primarily about the people who staffed ASIO. They were, Horner states, 'normal, honourable, everyday Australians'. But as the book demonstrates, those men and women who worked, often obsessionally, to protect our national (and sometimes international) security, were far from being 'normal' or 'everyday'.