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The Last of the Doughboys

The Forgotten Generation And Their Forgotten World War

By Richard Rubin

In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, it took Richard Rubin months to find just one living American veteran of World War I. But then, he found another. And another. Eventually he managed to find dozens, aged 101 to 113, and interview them. All are gone now.

A decade-long odyssey to recover the story of a forgotten generation and their Great War led Rubin across the United States and France, through archives, private collections, and battlefields, literature, propaganda, and even music. But at the center of it all were the last of the last, the men and women he met: a new immigrant, drafted and sent to France, whose life was saved by a horse; a Connecticut Yankee who volunteered and fought in every major American battle; a Cajun artilleryman nearly killed by a German aeroplane; an 18-year-old Bronx girl “drafted” to work for the War Department; a machine-gunner from Montana; a Marine wounded at Belleau Wood; the 16-year-old who became America’s last WWI veteran; and many, many more.

They were the final survivors of the millions who made up the American Expeditionary Forces, nineteenth-century men and women living in the twenty-first century. Self-reliant, humble, and stoic, they kept their stories to themselves for a lifetime, then shared them at the last possible moment, so that they, and the World War they won – the trauma that created our modern world – might at last be remembered. You will never forget them. The Last of the Doughboys is more than simply a war story: It is a moving meditation on character, grace, aging, and memory.


Format: Book
Author: Rubin, Richard
Title: The last of the doughboys : the forgotten generation and their forgotten world war / Richard Rubin.
Publisher Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Subject: World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans -- United States. World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American Soldiers -- United States -- Biography Veterans -- United States -- Biography Centenarians -- United States -- Biography.
Isbn: 9780547554433 (hc.) 0547554435 (hc.)
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Format: Book
Author: Rubin, Richard
Title: The last of the doughboys : the forgotten generation and their forgotten world war / Richard Rubin.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Description: viii, 518 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans -- United States.
Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American
Subjects: Soldiers -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: Veterans -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: Centenarians -- United States -- Biography.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Prologue: No Man's Land -- Wolves on the Battlefield -- Over the Top -- The American Sector -- Cheer and Laughter and Joyous Shout -- The People Behind the Battle -- The Forgotten Generation -- Give a Little Credit to the Navy -- A Vast Enterprise in Salesmanship -- Hell, We Just Got Here -- We Didn't See a Thing -- Loyal, True, Straight and Square -- Old Dixieland in France -- L'Ossuaire -- A Wicked Gun, That Machine Gun -- Wasn't a Lot of Help -- The Last Night of the War -- The Last of the Last -- We Are All Missing You Very Much.
LCCN: 2013000614
ISBN: 9780547554433 (hc.)
ISBN: 0547554435 (hc.)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 940.41273 Rub