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The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date May 21, 2013
Pages 518
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780547554433
ISBN-10 0547554435
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.70 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $28.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
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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.



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Hardcover
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from Houghton Mifflin (May 21, 2013)
9780547554433 | details & prices | 518 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $28.00
About: In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, it took Richard Rubin months to find just one living American veteran of World War I.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Mariner Books (May 6, 2014)
9780544290488 | details & prices | 518 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.92 lbs | List price $15.95
CD/Spoken Word
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With Grover Gardner (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (May 21, 2013)
9781482923582 | details & prices | 5.50 × 6.00 × 2.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $44.95
About: 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.

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