National Press Club

Seats still available: Historical talk on espionage in the Press Building

September 26, 2018 | By Gil Klein |

Two National Press Club presidents and a bartender helped to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.

How did that happen?

Come hear Steven T. Usdin talk about his book “Bureau of Spies: The Secret Connections Between Espionage and Journalism in Washington,” on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for non-members and can be purchased here.

Usdin’s books examines the espionage that took place inside the Press Building from the years leading up to World War II through the Cold War. He has dug deep into once-secret files of the FBI and KGB to reveal what happened in the building even as thousands of regular journalists went about their jobs reporting the news.

The talk is co-sponsored by the International Spy Museum and will be moderated by Mark Stout, a former historian of the Spy Museum, a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, a former CIA officer and president of the North American Society for Intelligence History.