The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 518 pages
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“Richard Rubin has done something that will never be possible for anyone to do again. His interviews with the last American World War I veterans—who have all since died—bring to vivid life a cataclysm that changed our world forever but that remains curiously forgotten here.”—Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918

In 2003, 85 years after the end of World War I, Richard Rubin set out to see if he could still find and talk to someone who had actually served in the American Expeditionary Forces during that colossal conflict. Ultimately, he found dozens, aged 101 to 113, from Cape Cod to Carson City, who shared with him at the last possible moment their stories of America’s Great War. Nineteenth-century men and women living in the twenty-first century, they were self-reliant, humble, and stoic, never complaining, but still marveling at the immensity of the war they helped win, and the complexity of the world they helped create. Though America has largely forgotten their war, you will never forget them, or their stories. A decade in the making, The Last of the Doughboys is the most sweeping look at America’s First World War in a generation, a glorious reminder of the tremendously important role America played in the war to end all wars, as well as a moving meditation on character, grace, aging, and memory.

“An outstanding and fascinating book. By tracking down the last surviving veterans of the First World War and interviewing them with sympathy and skill, Richard Rubin has produced a first-rate work of reporting.”—Ian Frazier, author of Travels in Siberia

“I cannot remember a book about that huge and terrible war that I have enjoyed reading more in many years."—Michael Korda, The Daily Beast
 

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Review: The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War

User Review  - Charlie Newfell - Goodreads

Interesting concept and an enjoyable read. The author attempts to interview all of the surviving WWI veterans in the early to mid 2000's. There are a surprising amount still alive, the youngest just ... Read full review

Review: The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War

User Review  - Glynn - Goodreads

This is an amazing book. The author set out to interview as many WWI veterans as he could find. In 2003 this was a difficult task. Most of the doughboys that he found were between 104 and 113 years ... Read full review

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Contents

No Mans Land
1
1 Wolves on the Battlefield
15
2 Over the Top
29
3 The American Sector
49
4 Cheer and Laughter and Joyous Shout
86
5 The People Behind the Battle
108
6 The Forgotten Generation
125
7 Give a Little Credit to the Navy
137
12 Old Dixieland in France
257
13 LOssuaire
299
14 A Wicked Gun That Machine Gun
326
15 Wasnt a Lot of Help
360
16 The Last Night of the War
403
17 The Last of the Last
438
18 We Are All Missing You Very Much
479
Back Matter
491

8 A Vast Enterprise in Salesmanship
156
9 Hell We Just Got Here
179
10 We Didnt See a Thing
202
11 Loyal True Straight and Square
230
Photos
246
Back Flap
519
Back Cover
520
Spine
521
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About the author (2013)

Richard Rubin is a journalist who lives in New York City. Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 with a degree in history.

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