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Secret Cold War : The Official History of Asio, 1975-1989 (Hardcover) (John Blaxland)

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We mostly think of the Cold War in terms of the tense nuclear stand-off between the US and the Soviet Union in the 1960s, and the wars fought against communism in Korea and Vietnam. But the period of detente, from 1975 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, witnessed a surprising intensification of tensions between the superpowers. Thousands of nuclear weapons remained on both sides, many poised for launch at short notice, and the Soviet Union nearly attacked in a mistaken response to a NATO exercise in 1983. Few are aware of the extent of clandestine operations in Australia by intelligence operatives from Communist countries and the actions of local extremist groups such as the Ananda Marga, and groups from the Middle East, Armenia and Croatia. With a mandate to act effectively as the "fourth arm of defense" concerned with domestic security, ASIO was in the thick of it. The Secret Cold War reveals the behind the scenes stories of the Hilton bombing in Sydney of 1978, and the Combe/Ivanov affair. It also covers the impact on ASIO of the Royal Commission on Intelligence and Security, and the penetration of ASIO by the Soviet bloc.
Number of Pages: 552
Genre: History, Political Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: John Blaxland
Language: English
Street Date: April 1, 2017
TCIN: 51895271
UPC: 9781760293215
Item Number (DPCI): 248-37-0048
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