History Happy Hour

One of the best parts of going on a Stephen Ambrose Historical Tour is crowding into the bar at happy hour to discuss the places you have been and kibbitz over history tidbits.

Each Sunday at 4PM EDT, host-historians Christopher Anderson in London and Rick Beyer in Chicago each grab a cocktail and go live to talk history (and maybe some smack) during History Happy Hour. They welcome fascinating and knowledgeable guests such as authors Andrew Roberts, Joe Balkoski, Lynne Olson, and Hampton Sides for entertaining history discussions. And you get to join the conversation as well with questions and comments.

The bar is open every Sunday at 4 PM ET on the History Happy Hour Facebook page and YouTube channel.

History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap.


History Happy Hour Encore Episode 138: Nazi Billionaires: Dynasties of the Third Reich


This week on History Happy Hour: The story of German tycoons who made billions off the horrors of the Third Reich and World War II – and were never brought to justice because of political expediency.  Many of the dynasties they started continue to control swaths of the world economy today, owning iconic brands such as Porsche, Volkswagen, and BMW.


In an encore episode, Chris and Rick welcome Dutch journalist David De Jong, author of Nazi Billionaires: The Dark History of Germany’s Wealthiest Dynasties.  A deep dive investigation into family fortunes made off of slave labor, seized Jewish businesses, and other atrocities. 


Sunday at 4 PM ET on History Happy Hour, where history is always on tap.








This Week’s Guest:


David de Jong is a journalist who previously covered European banking and finance from Amsterdam and hidden wealth and billionaire fortunes from New York for Bloomberg News. His work has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal, and the Dutch Financial Daily. A native of the Netherlands, de Jong currently lives in Tel Aviv. He spent four years in Berlin researching and writing this book.










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Upcoming History Happy Hours


April 2, 2023 – Unraveling the Myth of Sergeant Alvin York: The Other Sixteen

Guest: James Gregory


April 16, 2023 – On a Knife Edge: How Germany Lost the First World War

Guest: Holger Afflerback


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