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 of Midway


This Week on History Happy Hour: The Battle of Midway, eighty years ago next month, marked a turning point in the Pacific war.  In the space of just five minutes, American dive bombers inflicted cataclysmic damage on a much larger Japanese Fleet.  The seemingly improbable victory is sometimes referred to as a miracle.  But it was much more than luck – years of effort led to the moment of victor.


Chris and Rick welcome HHH Alumnus Brendan Simms and his co-author Steven McGregor, to talk about their new book The Silver Waterfall: How America Won the War in the Pacific at Midway. Discover how a culture of innovation, contributions by immigrants and a vital intelligence coup helped win the day at Midway.


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




This Week’s Guests –

Brendan Simms and co-author Steven McGregor


Brendan Simms is a professor in the history of international relations and a fellow at the University of Cambridge.  He is the author of many books, and appeared on History Happy Hour in December to talk about the book Hitler’s American Gamble. He lives in Cambridge, UK.






Steven McGregor deployed to the Sunni Triangle of Death as an Infantry Officer in the 101st Airborne Division.  There he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Purple Heart.  After his military service, he moved to England and completed post-graduate studies in History.  This is his first book.






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Upcoming History Happy Hours


Sunday, May 22

Topic: The Silver Waterfall

Guest:  Brendan Simms and Steven McGregeor


History Happy Hour Playlist

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