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Frederick William Engdahl
William Engdahl on RT America.jpg
Born (1944-08-09) August 9, 1944 (age 77)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Frederick William Engdahl (born August 9, 1944) is an American writer based in Germany. He identifies himself as an "economic researcher, historian and freelance journalist."[1] He has been described by James Kirchick in Time magazine as being a "crank 'historian",[2] by the Genetic Literacy Project as a "conspiracy theorist",[3] and by the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) as a "LaRouchite fascist" and "Holocaust denier",[4] CARR has documented his close connections to the conspiracy theory organisation GlobalResearch, the far-right Lyndon LaRouche movement and Alexander Dugin's Eurasianist movement.[4]

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.[5]


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.[6][7]

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,[8] and Veterans Today (on whose advisory board he sits).[2][9][10][11] He is a regular contributor to RT (formerly Russia Today) and Voice of Russia.[11][12][13] He is on the scientific committee of the journals Geopolitica, alongside Michel Chossudovsky and others,[14] and Eurasia, alongside Aleksandr Dugin and others.[15][11] He was a keynote speaker at the conference "Geopolitics of Multipolarity", held at Moscow State University in 2011, alongside Dugin.[16]

Personal life[edit]

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


Jewish conspiracies[edit]

Engdahl has written of the alleged secret power of Jewish financiers such as George Soros and the Rothschilds. Auhor Michael Wohlraich identifies Engdahl as the first US populariser of Soros conspiracy theories: In 1996, he wrote in the Executive Intelligence Review that “The most important of such ‘Jews who are not Jews,’ are the Rothschilds, who launched Soros’s career…. Soros is American only in his passport,”[17][18] which has been described by the anti-fascist group Unicorn Riot as "an example of the anti-Semitic “rootless cosmopolitan” trope.[7]

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.[19] 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.[20][non-primary source needed]

Skepticism of global warming[edit]

Engdahl argued that the problem of global warming is much exaggerated.[21] 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."[21][non-primary source needed]

Greater Middle East Project theories[edit]

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.[22][non-primary source needed]

CIA role in global politics[edit]

Al-Monitor has described how in August 2016 Engdahl told a right-wing Russian think tank that “Former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council of the CIA, Graham E. Fuller, was on Princes' Islands, 20 minutes from Istanbul, the entire night of the coup, monitoring developments until the coup collapsed" - when in fact Fuller was nowhere near. Al-Monitor describe Engdahl's intervention as part of a collaborative Russian-Turkish disinformation campaign, and call Engdahl a "pro-Russian conspiracy theorist".[23]


  • 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

See also[edit]


  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. ^ a b Kirchick, James (22 July 2014). "Inside the Bizarro World of 'Russia Today'". Time. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Viewpoint: Depopulation conspiracy debunked. Western billionaires aren't using GMOs to control Africa's food supply". Genetic Literacy Project. 2020-12-18. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  4. ^ a b Bevensee, Emmi (2020-09-25). "How COVID and Syria Conspiracy Theories Introduce Fascism to the Left Part 3: The Red-Brown Media Spectrum – Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right". Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right – Serious Issue. Serious Analysis. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  5. ^ F. William Engdahl: F. William Engdahl, accessdate: 2. November 2018
  6. ^ Susan Welsh (September 11, 1999). "Masthead" (PDF). Executive Intelligence Review. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  7. ^ a b ""Eat the Children": Decades of Far-Right LaRouche Provocations Renewed". UNICORN RIOT. 2019-10-05. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  8. ^ journal-neo.org: "F. William Engdahl" author page - more than 302 articles as of October 2018
  9. ^ "F. William Engdahl - New Eastern Outlook". archive.is. 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  10. ^ "Board & Staff - Veterans Today". archive.is (in German). 2017-11-29. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  11. ^ a b c "Pro-Russian network behind the anti-Ukrainian defamation campaign". Anton Shekhovtsov's blog. 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  12. ^ Sanchez, W. Alejandro, "The Russian Media in Latin America" (2015). Research Publications. 4. https://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/jgi_research/4
  13. ^ "Where Foreign "Experts" and "Political Scientists" on Russian Television Come From". SRB Podcast. 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-01-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Comitato Scientifico". eurasia-rivista.org (in Italian). 2014-11-04. Archived from the original on 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  16. ^ "ЕВРАЗИЯ :: Многополярность наносит ответный удар". archive.is (in Russian). 2017-12-25. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  17. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). larouchepub.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 May 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ Wolraich, Michael (2010). Blowing smoke : why the right keeps serving up whack-job fantasies about the plot to euthanize grandma, outlaw Christmas, and turn junior into a raging homosexual. Cambridge, Mass: Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-306-81937-7. OCLC 668208755.
  19. ^ 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. S2CID 17968123. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  20. ^ Engdahl, F. William (September 25, 2007). "Editorial: "Confessions of an 'Ex' Peak Oil Believer"". Retrieved 2009-02-08.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ 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. S2CID 143691671.
  23. ^ "Turks accuse CIA of engineering failed coup". Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East. 2017-12-03. Retrieved 2021-07-19.

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