Australia's First Spies

Australia's First Spies

The remarkable story of Australia's intelligence operations, 1901-45

by John Fahey

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 25/07/2018

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The first systematic account of Australian intelligence operations in the early 20th century offers fascinating new insights into Australian politics and international relations.

Australia was born with its eyes wide open. Although politicians spoke publicly of loyalty to Britain and the empire, in secret they immediately set about protecting Australia's interests from the Germans, the Japanese - and from Britain itself.

As an experienced intelligence officer, John Fahey knows how the security services disguise their activities within government files. He has combed the archives to compile the first account of Australia's intelligence operations in the years from Federation to the end of World War II. He tells the stories of dedicated patriots who undertook dangerous operations to protect their new nation, despite a lack of training and support.

He shows how the early adoption of advanced radio technology by Australia contributed to the war effort in Europe. He also exposes the bureaucratic mismanagement in World War II that cost many lives, and the leaks that compromised Australia's standing with its wartime allies so badly that Australia was nearly expelled from the Anglo-Saxon intelligence network.

Australia's First Spies shows Australia always has been a far savvier operator in international affairs than much of the historical record suggests, and it offers a glimpse into the secret history of the nation.

'Fills a major gap in the history of Australian intelligence organisations.' - Professor David Horner, author of The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO 1949-1963

'Great intelligence is often shared by great story telling, and John Fahey shares a great story in Australia's First Spies.' - Rear Admiral Paul Becker, USN (Retired), Former Director for Intelligence of the U.S. Pacific Command and Joint Chiefs of Staff

ISBN:
9781760631208
9781760631208
Category:
Military intelligence
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
25-07-2018
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
456
Dimensions (mm):
235x155x35mm
Weight:
0.61kg
John Fahey

Dr John Fahey worked at Defence Signals Directorate (1988-1996) and served in a number of regimental and intelligence postings during his service in the British and Australian armies between 1975 and 2014

He is currently an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University, and managing director of Cynergex Group, a medical education and services company.

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