The Last of the Doughboys is more than simply a war story: It is a moving meditation on character, grace, aging, and memory. 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 Americas 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....
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The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War Reviews
Excellent book. How fortunate that Mr. Rubin embarked on his project when he did, had he waited another year or two it may have been too late! WW1 Seems like such a long-ago war, it's been 99 years since the start of it all. But hearing from actual living veterans makes it seem much more recent and relevant. Highly recommended for any history buff.
Brilliant concept and almost flawless execution. I know I said in an earlier review of Winston Groom’s A Storm in Flanders that it feels wrong to say I actually “enjoyed” a book about such a horrific period of history, but Last of the Doughboys was just a solid pleasure from it’s amazing first sentence (see below) to the very end – fascinating, informative and surprisingly entertaining.
Most – but not all – of the book is told as oral history, through characters and in voices more real than any ...more
I fervently want to thank Mr. Rubin for delivering such a tremendous and personal collection of stories about The War. Currently, I'm an officer in the U.S Navy. I majored in American and European History during university. Honestly, amongst the hundreds of war histories and novels I read, The Last of the Doughboys was the most personal and 'real' I've ever come upon. Actually, although I'm only 24, my grandfather was a WW1 vet. He never shared much about his time in service, but this book has k ...more
The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World by Richard Rubin is a history of World War I with an interesting feature. He interviewed all the living World War I veterans could find which was quite a limited set of people; all over one hundred years old. The interviews took place in 2003 and since then the last remaining veteran has passed on. In between the interviews Rubin gives the reader a history lesson. Although most readers familiar with World War I will kn ...more
I have a hard time at most bookstores. The war I want to read about just happens to be the war that most people don't write about. I get really excited when I find books on the First World War, and this book did not disappoint. Rubin is at times writing a history (of the Great War), a memoir (of his experiences interviewing the last living veterans of that war), a travel diary, and a series of compact biographies of his interviewees. All these genres work together to form one complete, compellin ...more
I loved this book, loved, loved, loved it. This is such a beautiful book in every aspect, in its construction, and its execution there can no longer be any parades of this sort ever again to paraphrase another book I love on this time period, and the passage of this time period-which is now not just gone in a spiritual sense, but in a literal sense as well. They're all gone now, every one of them.
I love this book because of my own connection to this war, which I feel like sharing here because t ...more
Starting in 2003 the author interviewed as many surviving World War One veterans as he could find. This is book is not just the story of the veterans, but also of Mr. Rubin’s search for them and the troubles he had in finding and interviewing extremely old people. All of the the interviewees were between 101 and 113 yrs old.
In telling their story, Mr. Rubin recounts the difficulty he had in finding them. One would think the VA would have a list, but when the author contacted them, they basically ...more
I try to be stingy with books that I give 5 stars to. Grading on a curve makes a 5 star book stand out as it should. That said, I have to give this book an unexpected 5 stars.
I picked up the audio version of the book to listen to while I did yard work. This being the 100th anniversary of the start of WW I, I thought it would be an interesting read, despite the fact that I am already pretty well read on the subject.
This book will appeal to an audience that is not always interested in military his ...more