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'