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 – How Ike Led


This week on History Happy Hour: The subject is Dwight D. Eisenhower, and our guest is his granddaughter Susan Eisenhower, author of “How Ike Led.” Few people have made as many momentous decisions as Ike, from the D-Day landings to school desegregation in Little Rock (both involving the 101st Airborne). Host Historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer talk to Susan Eisenhower about how Ike approached decision-making. Hint: He wanted to be the calmest person in the room, not the loudest. Leadership principles from one of America’s great leaders, Sunday at 4 PM o History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap.



This Week’s Guest:  

SUSAN EISENHOWER, one of Ike’s four grandchildren, is a consultant, author, and a Washington, DC-based policy strategist with many decades of work on national security issues. She lectures widely on such topics, including strategic leadership. She serves as a regular commentator on television and has provided analysis for CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Fox News, PBS, the BBC and all three network morning programs.





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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 September 27


Topic:  The Battle of Antietam  (Civil War)  

Guest: David Walker, author, The Cornfield


Sunday October 4


Topic:  Six Drinks that Changed the world

Guest: Tom Standage


Sunday October 11


Topic:  Frank Brock, OBE  

Guest: Harry Smee, author, Gunpowder and Glory: The Explosive Life of Frank Brock 


History Happy Hour Playlist

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