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 –  Stain’s War


This week on History Happy Hour: For eighty years, the blame for igniting the most cataclysmic war in human history has been laid squarely at the feet of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and his henchmen in Japan.

In a new book that Josef Stalin’s biographer Simon Sebag-Montefiore calls “bracingly revisionist,” Professor Sean McMeekin reconsiders this assumption and delves into the darker chapters of the stories we tell ourselves about the “good war.” Was it the leaders of Germany and Japan that drove the world inexorably toward war or did they have a partner in crime with Josef Stalin? Was Hitler the puppet master, or just the puppet? Should Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt have handled “Uncle Joe” differently? And who were the real winners and losers of World War II?

Host-historians Rick Beyer and Chris Anderson explore these questions with Professor Sean McMeekin, author of Stalin’s War: A New History of WWII. Sunday at 4PM Eastern on History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap.





This Week’s Guest – Sean Mckeekin


Sean McMeekin is a professor of history at Bard College. The award-winning author of several books, including The Russian Revolution, July 1914, and The Ottoman Endgame, McMeekin lives in Clermont, New York



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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 April 18


Topic:  Josef Stalin  and Russia in WWII

Guest:  Sean McMeekin, author, Stalin’s War


Sunday April 25


Topic:  L. Frank Baum 

Guest: Randall MacLowry and Tracy Heather Strain , directors, American Oz documentary 


Sunday May 2  OFF


Sunday May 9


Topic:  Civil War – Capture of New Orleans 

Guest, Mark Bielski, author  A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy: The Fall of New Orleans







History Happy Hour Playlist

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