The Family File

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 536 pages
In early 1965 at age thirteen, Mark Aarons came under the 'adverse notice' of ASIO, which opened volume one of his nine-volume security file. Mark was following in the footsteps of his father, Laurie Aarons, whose 85-volume file commenced in the early 1930s when he was fourteen. For four generations the Aarons family were 'subversive revolutionaries', avowed communists who challenged the established constitutional order. Having obtained access to his family's ASIO files - the largest collection in the nation's history - Mark Aarons combines their meticulous chronicles with his family's own accounts to tell a political tale of revolution and dissent, idealism and intrigue. It is also an intimate story of life under surveillance, a reflection on communism and its legacy, and on what it was to be a radical in Australia in eventful times.
 

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Contents

ONE
1
TWO
16
THREE
29
FOUR
41
FIVE
53
SIX
70
SEVEN
82
EIGHT
102
FIFTEEN
246
SIXTEEN
267
SEVENTEEN
286
EIGHTEEN
306
NINETEEN
324
TWENTY
342
TWENTYONE
365
TWENTYTWO
387

NINE
122
TEN
141
ELEVEN
158
TWELVE
177
THIRTEEN
197
FOURTEEN
227
TWENTYTHREE
413
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
431
Back Cover Material
480
Index
483
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About the author (2010)

Mark Aarons is the author of several books, including War Criminals Welcome and The Family File. He worked as an ABC broadcaster and investigative documentary producer from 1973 until 1990 and has written many feature articles for Australia's leading newspapers.

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