Amazon.com: To War with Whitaker: Wartime Diaries of the Countess of Ranfurly, 1939-45 eBook: Hermione Ranfurly: Kindle Store When World War II broke out, Dan Ranfurly was dispatched to the Middle East with his faithful valet, Whitaker. These are the diaries of his young wife, Hermione, who, defying the War Office, raced off in hot pursuit of her husband. When Dan was taken prisoner, Hermione vowed never to return home until they were reunited. For six years, travelling alone from Cape Town to Palestine, and meeting such charismatic characters as Churchill, Eisenhower, and a parrot called Coco on the way, she kept her promise.
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 The Balkans, Serbian irredentism, the Black Hand, and the Habsburgs' fraught involvement and Russo-French investment in the region. All that stuff History Majors (well European History Majors) read in upper division college courses. A bit heavy in part after all these years but fascinating.