This project is a historical biography of Charles E. Bedaux (1886-1944), a renowned Franco-American efficiency consultant and friends with elite business, government and espionage circles in Europe and America. Many prestigious publications wrote about Bedaux, including Fortune, the Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The New Yorker and the New York Times. Even Vogue.

A wealthy, powerful, and mercurial man, he has been called many things: from an ‘arbiter between capital and labor’, a ‘capitalist monster’, ‘synonymous with gross industrial tyranny’ and a ‘Mephistophelean little Franco-American efficiency expert’, to a ‘fascist bloodsucker’, ‘the Devil’, and even the ‘most dangerous man in Western Europe’.

He allegedly collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War Two and died in U.S. custody in Miami in 1944.

Charles and Fern Bedaux in 1937.

But who, really, was Charles E. Bedaux? During his life, he was famous for several activities: the ‘Bedaux B Unit of Human Power Measurement’, his consulting companies (the largest in post-war Europe), the ‘Bedaux Sub-Arctic Expedition’ across the Canadian Rockies, and his 1937 role as Windsor wedding host at his Loire Valley château.

Bedaux was also the cause of the ‘Second Abdication Crisis’ of early November 1937, which features in very few historical accounts.

Political expediency, scarcity of verifiable historical sources, and even forgery have made it impossible to write Bedaux’s definitive biography, nor assess his substantial impact on the world. Until now.

Bedaux died in custody in 1944, awaiting trial for his wartime activity.