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 Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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

This Week on HHH –  Naz Art Looting


This week on History Happy Hour: Bruno Lohsi was one of the most notorious art plunderers in history. He helped organize the systematic theft and distribution of more than 30 ,000 artworks, taken mostly from French Jews. He also helped direct the cream of the crop to Nazi Reichsmarschall Herman Goering’s massive private collection. And his activities didn’t stop when the war ended.

Historian John Petropoulos spent a decade interviewing Lohse, seeking to understand his role, finding him both engaging and repelling, and ultimately, becoming part of Lohse’s story himself.

Host-historians Rick Beyer and Chris Anderson talk to Petroploulos, author of the new book: Goering’s Man in Paris: The story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and his World. Nazis, Art, and how to engage with those who have engaged in evil. Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap.


This Week’s Guest – Jonathan Petropoulos


Jonathan Petropoulos is a professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. He has a PhD in history from Harvard and has been researching Nazi art looting since 1983.

From 1998 to 2000, he served as Research Director for Art and Cultural Property on the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States. He has served as an expert witness in a number of cases where Holocaust victims have tried to recover lost artworks

He is the author of several other books including The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany.


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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 May 16 

Topic: Plundering Nazi Art

Guest: Jonathan Petropoulos, author, Goering’s Man in Paris 


Sunday May 23 


Topic:  Vietnam War 

Guest:  Raymond Caryl, author, Catkiller 3-2: An Army Pilot Flying for the Marines in the Vietnam War

Sunday May 30

Topic: Jewish Refugee Commandos in WWII

Guest: Leah Garret, author, X-Troop


History Happy Hour Playlist

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