For students of history and news junkies. The Balkans, Serbian irredentism, the Black Hand, and the Habsburgs' fraught involvement and Russo-French investment in the region. All that stuff we history majors (well European history ) read in upper division college courses. A bit heavy in part after all these years but fascinating.
Sleepwalkers ends as the war begins. In 2010 I read GJ Meyers, "A World Undone". I had previously read two other WWI history accounts. Meyers book: Depicts the slaughter, genocide, the upheaval of Civilization and it is a gripping narrative that illuminates and sickens all at once. Meyers has reaffirmed misanthropy as my base philosophy. So profound, that I could not read a book about war for a long time. Meyer numbed me to the core. But the book is important and a must read. If you seek to feel the reality of the period, this is the book.
READING: “An exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.”—Pulitzer Prize citation. What a piece of work!
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.