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

Richard Rubin

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Over the past decade, Richard Rubin sought out every last living American veteran of World War I - and uncovered a forgotten great generation and their war. World War I was so cataclysmic that every town in America built a memorial to our doughboys, in the hope that they would never be forgotten. And yet today, thanks to the passing of nearly a century and an even more cataclysmic World War, they are.

Ten years ago, Richard Rubin set out to interview the last of the doughboys - several dozen, aged 101 to 113. They shared with him, at the last possible moment (they are all gone now), the story of America's Great War and of the generation that raised the ''greatest generation.'' They were nineteenth-century men and women living in the twenty-first century: self-reliant, humble, and stoic; never complaining, still marveling at the immensity of the war they helped win. A decade in the making, The Last of the Doughboys is a sweeping new look at our forgotten World War, as well as a moving meditation on character, grace, aging, and memory.

From the Back Cover: 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
[AU PHOTO] RICHARD RUBIN is the author of Confederacy of Silence. In addition to the Atlantic and the New York Times Magazine, he has written for The New Yorker, Smithsonian, New York, and Parade.
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