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Apr 04

A Soviet Spy at the Center of Bretton Woods: Harry Dexter White and the Ongoing Threat of Espionage

A book event

Harry Dexter White, a self-made American economist and senior government official in the Roosevelt and Truman Administrations, was at the heart of creating Bretton Woods, the new global economic order following the end of World War II. But he also was a Soviet spy who would have been appointed to a crucial international financial position – the first Managing Director of the IMF, if not for timely vigilance by the FBI. Bringing to bear new and striking archival evidence, author Benn Steil offers the most compelling portrait yet of the complex and controversial figure of White in his new book, The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order.

What made White throw his allegiance behind the Soviet Union? What can we learn from this classic case of a deep hostile penetration of the U.S. Government? Which foreign powers or movements may be engaged in similar activities today? Join us as our panel discusses these and other important questions on espionage.

More About the Speakers

Benn Steil, Ph.D.
Author of The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order

Anders Aslund, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

M. Stanton Evans
Co-Author of Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government

Hosted By

Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, at The Heritage Foundation Read More