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History Happy Hour: U.S. Intelligence & Espionage in the 20th Century

U.S. Intelligence & Espionage in the 20th Century

Join Jim Hewes, famed mixologist at the Round Robin Bar, Robert Wallace, a 33-year veteran of the CIA, and author Michael Dobbs, as they examine the history and complexity of U.S. intelligence efforts of the 20th century. Hear fascinating stories of clandestine activities during WW2 and the Cold War including:

  • The Nazi saboteurs and their mission to infilitrate America in 1942
  • FBI counterintelligence operations following the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • The founding of the OSS and the covert operations that took place behind enemy lines under Colonel William "Wild Bill" Donovan
  • The untold story of Pandora's purse
  • The Verona secrets, intercepted information between the Soviet Union and American Communists
  • The Red Scare
  • The story of Aldrich Ames, the CIA officer turned KGB mole
  • Dr. Nozette, the highest-ranking American scientist in the U.S. government who was found guilty of spying for Israel
  • Clandestine sites, including dead drops, covert meeting places, and secret facilities around Washington, DC

$49 per person (21 years+)
Admission includes (3) cocktails and light appetizers
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Guest Speakers:

Robert Wallace
Robert Wallace is a native Kansan with a B.A. from Ottawa (KS) University and M.A. from the University of Kansas in political science. Drafted in 1968, Bob served a tour in Vietnam with the 75th Infantry Rangers and, after being discharged, moved to Washington to work as administrative assistant to the late Congressman William McCulloch. He then joined the CIA, followed by a 33-year career with senior assignments including three field tours as Chief of Station, Director of the Office of Technical Service and Acting Director of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service.

Wallace retired from the CIA in 2003 and formed the Artemus Consulting Group, an international network of intelligence and security professionals. He contributed to history projects for CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence and co-authored three best selling books about intelligence operations: SPYCRAFT: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to al- Qaeda (2008), The Official CIA Manual of Deception and Trickery (2009), and Spy Sites of Washington DC (2017). Wallace lectures nationally on intelligence and management topics, is an espionage enrichment speaker for Viking Ocean Cruises and frequently participates in intelligence history forums and documentaries. In 2005, he received the Ottawa University Alumni Association Outstanding Achievement Award. Wallace is a member of the Central Intelligence Retirees Association, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and the Technical Service Retirees Association. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the International Spy Museum and acts as a strategic advisor to emerging technology companies. 

Michael Dobbs
Michael Dobbs was born and educated in Britain, with fellowships at Princeton and Harvard. He spent much of his career as a reporter for The Washington Post, for which he covered the collapse of communism. Previous books include Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on AmericaOne Minute to Midnight, Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire, a finalist for the 1997 PEN award for nonfiction.


About History Happy

Held monthly at the Willard InterContinental, this two-hour event distills American history through cocktails, while also providing attendees a hands-on class on the art of cocktail making. Led by Jim Hewes, a venerable mixologist and legendary bartender at The Willard's iconic Round Robin Bar, and featuring rotating historians, authors and journalists to name a few, History Happy Hour offers a mixology lesson "straight up" with history "served long", a perfect pairing for cocktail aficionados and history buffs.