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 Ghost Army (Encore Episode) 



Ghost Army bookThis week on History Happy Hour: A bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Ghost Army of WWII recently won final passage in the House, and has gone to the president for his signature.  A perfect time to revisit the story of the Ghost Army in an encore episode.

As Sun Tsu so aptly pointed out in his classic The Art of War, “All warfare is based on deception.” Host Chris Anderson talks to his fellow host Rick Beyer about the deceptions carried out by the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops during WWII.  Rick is the co-author, of “The Ghost Army of World War II” and the director of the PBS documentary of the same name. He has worked for seven years to bring about passage of the gold medal bill. 

Learn more about the part played by one of the war’s most unusual, and unsung, military units in the final defeat of Nazi Germany. Sunday at 4 PM ET on History Happy Hour, where history is always on tap.


This Week’s Guest – Rick Beyer 



Historian Rick BeyerRick Beyer is a New York Times best-selling author, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and a longtime history enthusiast. Beyer co-authored (with Elizabeth Sayles) The Ghost Army of World War II and produced the companion PBS documentary that has been seen in more than 30 countries. Oh – and he’s the co-host of this show!  




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Upcoming History Happy Hours



Sunday, February 7

Topic: General George Patton

Guest:  Kevin Hymel, author Patton’s War 


History Happy Hour Playlist

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