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 about various history topics.
This Sunday at 4pm EDT, co-host historians Christopher Anderson in London and Rick Beyer in Chicago will be back with another History Happy Hour, a livestream on the Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours Facebook page and YouTube channel. It is our wee bit of cabin-fever relief for you.
This week, Chris and Rick talk to the acclaimed military historian and Winston Churchill biographer Andrew Roberts, exactly 80 years from the day that Churchill became Prime Minister of England. Roberts describes that moment—nine months after Britain declared war on Germany—as “civilization’s most testing hour” and Churchill as “the one indispensable figure” of World War II.
The New York Times calls Roberts’ 2018 book, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, “The best single-volume biography of Churchill yet written.” It is among nineteen works he has written or edited. Chris and Rick will invite Roberts to dig into details not only of the impact of May 10, 1940, but also of the ups and downs that prepared Churchill to take on the challenge of thwarting Hitler.
Viewers are urged to pose questions to Roberts and his hosts. Email questions you would like to see us discuss to firstname.lastname@example.org. It promises to be a most Churchillian History Happy Hour live cast! #Churchill #WWII #history #cocktails
To get a preview of this entertaining, illuminating and inspiring look at history, check out last week’s History Happy Hour: Faces of Margraten Project. Chris and Rick talk to Sebastiaan Vonk one of the founders of the amazing Faces of Margraten project, which is working diligently to provide a face to go with the names of the 8,301 soldiers buried at the USAMBC Netherland American Cemetery in Margraten, as well as the 1,722 names on the walls of the missing. Sebastiaan will talk about this incredibly important project as well as the history of the cemetery and the grave adoption program.