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 – The Women of the SOE (Special Operations Executive) 

This week on History Happy Hour: The remarkable women who risked their lives to go undercover in occupied France during World War II.

Recruited by Britain’s Special Operations Executive, thirty-nine women parachuted behind Nazi Lines to participate in espionage and sabotage missions, under constant threat of arrest by the Gestapo.

Host-historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer welcome Kate Vigurs, author of Mission France: The True History of the Women of SOE. A thrilling look into the lives of these thirty-nine agents, and how they helped “Set Europe ablaze” during World War II.

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



This Week’s Guest – Kate Vigurs 

Dr. Kate Vigurs is a freelance historian, academic adviser, and researcher. She has a PhD from the University of Leeds. She regularly appears on television and radio and leads battlefield tours in Europe. She worked as an academic on the BBC project World War One at Home.  


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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 June 20: 

Topic:  Valcour Island (Revolutionary War) 

Guest:  Jack Kelly, author, Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved The Cause of Liberty 


Sunday June 27: 

Topic:  The Women of the SOE

Guest:  Kate VIgurs, author, Mission France: The True History of the Women of SOE 


Sunday July 4: OFF


Sunday July 11:

Topic:  The Soviet-Fininish War 1939-40

Guest:  David Murphy, author, The Winter War


History Happy Hour Playlist

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