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 Hunt for Bin Laden

This Week on History Happy Hour: Veteran journalist and TV anchor Chris Wallace returns to talk about his new book: Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice. It’s based on in depth interviews Wallace conducted with more than a dozen central figures in the story.  

Host historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer talk to Wallace about the eight months of intelligence gathering, national security strategizing, and meticulous military planning that led to the climatic Seal Team Six Mission to take out Bin Laden in Pakistan.

Inside the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap. 

This Week’s Guest – Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace is the anchor of Fox News Sunday. Throughout his five decades in broadcasting, he has interviewed numerous US and world leaders, including seven American presidents, and won every major broadcast news award for his reporting, including three Emmy Awards, the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, and the Peabody Award. This is his second apperance on History Happy Hour.


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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!

HHH Reading List >>


Upcoming History Happy Hours


Sunday September 19:

Topic:  The Hunt for Osama Bin Laden

Guest: Chris Wallace, author, Countdown Bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice


Sunday September 26

Topic:  Drinking and History 

Guest: Edward Slingerland, author, Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization


Sunday October 2

Topic:  Escape from the Ottoman Empire

Guest: Margalit Fox, author: The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History


History Happy Hour Playlist

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