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

Author: Richard Rubin

Narrator: Grover Gardner

Unabridged: 20 hr 8 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 05/21/2013

Genre: History - Military - World War I

Synopsis

In 2003, eighty-five 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 found dozens, aged 101 to 113, and interviewed them. All are gone now. A decade-long odyssey to recover the story of a forgotten generation and their war led Rubin across the United States and France, through archives, private collections, 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 airplane; an eighteen-year-old Bronx girl drafted to work for the War Department; a machine gunner from Montana; a marine wounded at Belleau Wood; the sixteen-year-old who became Americas last World War I veteran; and 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 war they wonthe trauma that created our modern worldmight at last be remembered. You will never forget them.The Last of the Doughboysis more than simply a war story; it is a moving meditation on character, grace, aging, and memory.

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