John’s guest this week is Kathleen Rooney, author of a new historical novel, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey. It looks at a terrifying but exciting time in World War I, the 5 days of the Lost Battalion on the Western Front. The two focal points were both real-life heroes: a homing pigeon, Cher Ami and a courageous officer, Major Whittlesey. This book follows on Rooney’s successful New York Times bestseller, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. They talk about the unique role of homing pigeons in saving a surrounded battalion of American soldiers, as well as the amazing Major who led them.