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The last of the doughboys : the forgotten generation and their forgotten world war

Author: Richard Rubin; Grover Gardner
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2013.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Biography : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable audio books
Audiobooks
Biography
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Rubin; Grover Gardner
ISBN: 9781482923629 1482923629
OCLC Number: 844066975
Performer(s): Read by Grover Gardner.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file)
Contents: Prologue: No Man's Land --
Wolves on the Battlefield --
Over the Top --
The American Sector --
Cheer and Laughter and Joyous Shout --
The People Behind the Battle --
The Forgotten Generation --
Give a Little Credit to the Navy --
A Vast Enterprise in Salesmanship --
Hell, We Just Got Here --
We Didn't See a Thing --
Loyal, True, Straight and Square --
Old Dixieland in France --
L'Ossuaire --
A Wicked Gun, That Machine Gun --
Wasn't a Lot of Help --
The Last Night of the War --
The Last of the Last --
We Are All Missing You Very Much.
Responsibility: Richard Rubin.
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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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