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Reds Under the Bed: ASIO and an Unusual Bunch of Suspects by [Komesaroff, Michael]

Reds Under the Bed: ASIO and an Unusual Bunch of Suspects Kindle Edition


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Who were the Reds under the bed? Why did ASIO snoop on several members of this migrant family struggling to set up a new life in Australia?

ASIO maintained a vast library of files on half a million citizens, most of whom were never a threat to Australia's security. Through meticulous research, Michael Komesaroff has been able to sift through a multitude of records which were kept on his family, and discover why. This is not only an account of one family's activities, but more broadly, a history of the widespread fear of the presence and influence of communist sympathisers in Australia in the twentieth century.

'A well researched and absorbing record of a respected family, highlighting its pursuit by ASIO. A great read.' - Bernard Rechter, former director of the Monash University Centre for Jewish Civilisation

'Michael Komesaroff's painstakingly researched but entertainingly written book dives deeply into two intriguing worlds - that of his Lithuanian/Ukranian Jewish migrant family, and that of the intelligence bureaucracy that conducted substantial surveillance on a generation of family members. Its focus illuminates - more clearly than many encyclopaedic accounts of the secret world - the dangers of mistaking dissent for disloyalty.' - Rowan Callick, author of 'Party Time: Who Runs China, and How'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 975 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hybrid Publishers (1 June 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07N2GRH7V
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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