F. William Engdahl

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Frederick William Engdahl
Born (1944-08-09) August 9, 1944 (age 76)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Frederick William Engdahl (born August 9, 1944) is an American writer and conspiracy theorist based in Germany. He identifies himself as a "economic researcher, historian and freelance journalist."[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, Engdahl is the son of F. William Engdahl Sr., and Ruth Aalund (b. Rishoff). Engdahl grew up in Texas and earned a degree in engineering and jurisprudence from Princeton University in 1966 (BA) followed by graduate study in comparative economics at the University of Stockholm from 1969 to 1970. He then worked as an economist and freelance journalist in New York and in Europe.[2]


Engdahl began writing about oil politics with the first oil shock in the early 1970s. He has also been a long-time associate of the LaRouche movement and served as an economics editor for LaRouche's Executive Intelligence Review.[3]

His first book, entitled A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, discusses the alleged roles of Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Ball and of the USA in the 1979 overthrow of the Shah of Iran, which was meant to manipulate oil prices and to stop Soviet expansion. Engdahl claims that Brzezinski and Ball used the Islamic Balkanization model proposed by Bernard Lewis. In 2007, he completed Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation, in which he criticized Monsanto's strategy with GMO seeds, such as Roundup Ready soybeans. He has also written for newsmagazines such as the Asia Times.

Engdahl is a contributor to the Global Research website of the conspiracist Centre for Research on Globalization, the Russian website New Eastern Outlook,[4] the Voltaire Network,[5] and Veterans Today.[6] He has been described by James Kirchick in Time magazine as being a "crank 'historian'."[6]

William Engdahl has been married since 1987 and has been living for more than two decades near Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Abiogenic petroleum[edit]

Engdahl stated in 2007 that he had come to believe that petroleum is of geological origin, a view contrary to the scientific understanding that it is of biological origin.[7] He believes oil to be produced from carbon, by forces of heat and pressure deep underground. Engdahl calls himself an "ex peak oil believer", stating that peak oil is actually a political phenomenon known as petrodollar warfare.[8]

Skepticism of global warming[edit]

Engdahl argued that the problem of global warming is much exaggerated.[9] He claims that global warming is merely a "scare" and a "thinly veiled attempt to misuse climate to argue for a new Malthusian reduction of living standards for the majority of the world while a tiny elite gains more power."[9]

Greater Middle East Project[edit]

On RT (formally known as Russia Today), Engdahl stated in an interview that the 2011 Egyptian Revolution was orchestrated by the Pentagon to facilitate Barack Obama's Middle East foreign policy and that the situation in Egypt has deteriorated since former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown.[10] According to Engdahl, the ultimate goal of the US is to take the resources of Africa and Middle East under military control to block economic growth in China and Russia.[11][12] He believes that the Arab Spring was a plan first announced by George W. Bush at a G8 meeting in 2003 and it was called 'The Greater Middle East Project.' [11]


  • Manifest Destiny: Democracy as Cognitive Dissonance. mine.books, 2018
  • The Lost Hegemon: Whom the gods would destroy. mine.books, 2016
  • Target: China -- How Washington and Wall Street Plan to Cage the Asian Dragon. San Diego: Progressive Press, 2014. German and Chinese editions published 2013.
  • Myths, Lies and Oil Wars. Wiesbaden: Edition.Engdahl, 2012. ISBN 978-3981326369
  • Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century. edition.engdahl, 2010, ISBN 978-3-9813263-1-4; Progressive Press, 2011, ISBN 1-61577-805-5
  • Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order. Boxboro, MA: Third Millennium Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9795608-6-6; Progressive Press, 2011, ISBN 1-61577-654-0
  • Seeds of Destruction. The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation. Centre for Research on Globalization Publishing, 2007, ISBN 0-9737147-2-7
  • A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order. London: Pluto 2004, rev. ed., 303 p., ill., ISBN 0-7453-2309-X; Progressive Press, 2012, 339 p., ISBN 1-615774-92-0


  1. ^ „The Seed Barons. How Big Ag, Big Oil & Big Government Are Hijacking the World’s Food Supply“, Acres U.S.A. A Voice for Eco-Agriculture, June 2008, Vol. 38, No. 6, ISSN 1076-4968
  2. ^ F. William Engdahl: F. William Engdahl, accessdate: 2. November 2018
  3. ^ Susan Welsh (September 11, 1999). "Masthead" (PDF). Executive Intelligence Review. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  4. ^ journal-neo.org: "F. William Engdahl" author page - more than 302 articles as of October 2018
  5. ^ voltairenet.org: "F. William Engdahl" author page - 141 articles as of October 2018
  6. ^ a b Kirchick, James (22 July 2014). "Inside the Bizarro World of 'Russia Today'". Time. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  7. ^ Glasby, Geoffrey P. (2006). "Abiogenic origin of hydrocarbons: an historical overview" (PDF). Resource Geology. 56 (1): 83–96. doi:10.1111/j.1751-3928.2006.tb00271.x. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  8. ^ Engdahl, F. William (September 25, 2007). "Editorial: "Confessions of an 'Ex' Peak Oil Believer"  ". Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  9. ^ a b ""Global Warming or Global Freezing: is the ice really melting?" by F. William Engdahl. FSO Editorial 09/24/2009". www.financialsense.com. Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
  10. ^ "Middle East protests follow color revolution scenario – expert". RT News. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Arab Spring is about controlling Eurasia". RT News. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  12. ^ Engdahl, F. William; Zhen, Wang (2014-04-03). "The Rise of China and World Order: An Interview with F. William Engdahl". International Critical Thought. 4 (2): 131–141. doi:10.1080/21598282.2014.906536. ISSN 2159-8282.

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