The Last of the Doughboys

The Last of the Doughboys

The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War

eBook - 2013
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In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, Rubin managed to find dozens of American veterans of World War I, aged 101 to 113, and interview them. All are gone now. They were the final survivors of the millions who made up the American Expeditionary Forces. 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, might at last be remembered.
Published: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780547843698
0547843690
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 518 pages),illustrations, maps.

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IV27HUjg
Mar 17, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio despite Gardner not being my favorite narrator. The author jumps around a bit, throws in some info/comments I simply skipped over. Sometimes it was tedious & naturally he concentrated on lives of US men.

Highly recommend for history interests & especially enlightening about The Great War that few Americans even know or care about. I had this in perfect conjunction with The Great Influenza.

Every small berg, village or city in Britain has many memorials dedicated to this tragic 4 year war & people still lay wreaths each year. Little wonder, as they lost a generation of men, the economy was devastated for decades. What's further amazing is that in France the land still gives up bodies & artifacts, which it will do for another century plus.

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looper46
May 25, 2014

If you have any interest in history, both World and US, you should read this book. This is the 100th year anniversary of WWI. There are no more survivors of this war. Fascinating read; I'm glad Richard Rubin did this work.

I'm adding to this review after reading it awhile ago. In the late 50s I lived in rural France in the Meuse Argonne Forest area. I would spend days hiking in the old trenches, where I would find old rusted metal parts of weapons, helmets too numerous to bother with and bayonets from all sides. It always disturbed me that LOTS of human died in this area, and that the sacrifice would be pretty much in vain, as they had another war in twenty years. Fortunately, all human remains had passed away or were buried. This area was where the US troops were blooded. Sometimes you could almost hear the screams. Eerie experience for an 11 year old kid.

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