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.

This Week on HHH – Britain’s WWII Spymaster


This week on History Happy Hour: To all appearances, he was a lowly bureaucrat, a “passport control officer” at the British embassy in Vienna. But Thomas Kendrick was actually Britain’s most important spymaster.  In the tumultuous years leading up to WWII, he ran spy networks across Europe and facilitated the escape of Austrian Jews. Later he set up the “M Room,” a listening operation that elicited information every bit as important as what was coming out of Bletchley Park.

Host-historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer welcome back History Happy Hour alum Helen Fry to talk about her new book: Spymaster: The Man Who Saved MI6.  This Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, where history is always on tap.




This Week’s Guest – Helen Fry


Dr Helen Fry has written over 20 books on the Second World War with particular reference to British intelligence, espionage, prisoners of war and the secret war. She has also written about the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain in WWII. Her acclaimed book The Walls Have Ears became a bestseller and was the Daily Mail’s Top Books of the Year on War. She has written over 25 books – including The London Cage about Britain’s secret Interrogation Centre. Her latest book is MI9: Escape and Evasion. Helen has appeared in numerous TV documentaries. She is an Ambassador for the Museum of Military Intelligence.




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History Happy Hour Reading List

Chris and Rick have put together a list of books that they and their guests have recommended or mentioned on the show. Read on!

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Upcoming History Happy Hours


Sunday, December 5 


Topic: British Intelligence in WWII

Guest:  Helen Fry, author, Spymaster: The Man Who Saved MI6


Sunday, December 12


Topic:  Hitler Declares War on America

Guests:  Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman, authors, Hitler’s American Gamble: Pearl Harbor and Germany’s March to Global War


Sunday, December 19




History Happy Hour Playlist

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