The Last of the Doughboys

The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War
CD - unabridged
Audio (17 discs)
Product Number: DD10096
Released: May 21, 2013
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ISBN: #9781482923582
Narrator/s: Grover Gardner
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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 America's 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 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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Author(s): Richard Rubin
Narrator(s): Grover Gardner
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Released: Jun 21, 2015
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Author(s): Richard Rubin
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Professional reviews

"Grover Gardner provides the perfect easy-toned American voice for these personal stories of WWI. Less than a dozen years ago, author Richard Rubin went in search of the last living veterans of the Great War. He was able to track down and interview a few dozenÑall between the ages 101 and 113. The result is the remarkable, candid memories of foot soldiers, nurses, ambulance drivers, and loggers. (Somebody had to cut the timber that lined the walls of the trenches at Amiens and the Somme.) These recollections, along with RubinÕs own well-researched insights, weave together an important and moving portrait of our nation in the years 1917-18, when we were just entering the world stage. GardnerÕs reading is warm and clear. Most important, it reflects the authorÕs satisfaction at knowing that these men and women, who all simply said they were just doing their duty, will never be forgotten. A very special listening experience. B.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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