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 Battle for Brest

This Week on History Happy Hour: After the successful D-Day landings,  people looked forward to the rapid liberation of occupied Europe. General Dwight D. Eisenhower knew, however, that the liberation would never succeed without seizing a port that would accept the ships bringing the estimated 26,000 tons of supplies the allied armies consumed every day. One such port was Brest, defended by some 40,000 Germans soldiers determined to deny Eisenhower this vital prize. In August 1944, the war-weary GIs of the VIII Corps were given the task of prying the Germans out. Host Historians Chris Andeson and Rick Beyer discuss this vital, but forgotten, battle of World War 2 with Joe Balkoski, the author of several seminal works of history on the Normandy Campaign, including “From Beachhead to Brittany: The 29th Infantry Division at Brest” Sunday at 4PM ET on  History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap.


This Week’s Guest – Joe Balkoski


Joe Balkoski is a renowned American military historian who has authored eight books on American involvement in the European Theater in World War II, including a five-volume series on the history of the 29th Infantry Division in World War II and a two-volume set on American participation in the D-Day invasion. He has appeared as a D-Day expert on MSNBC, and his work has been praised by Joe Scarborough, the New York Post, the Washington TimesWorld War II magazine, and others. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

This is his third appearance 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!

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Upcoming History Happy Hours


Sunday October 10

Topic:  Japanese Kamikaze Rocket Pilots

Guest:  Dan King, author,

Blossoms from the Sky: Firsthand Accounts from Kamikaze Pilots Who Volunteered to Fly the Ohka Baka Bomb


Sunday, October 17

Topic:  The 29th Division in Brittany (WWII) 

Guest:  Joe Balkoski, author, From Beachhead to Brittany 


History Happy Hour Playlist

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