The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War by Richard Rubin

This book was definitely not what I expected.  However, it was thoroughly engaging and filled some of the gaps from other books on why the American involvement in WWI was as it was.

This narrative was a combination of the real life stories of about a dozen 100+ yr. old WWI veterans - their successes and failures and what made then so unique.  For example, one man walked to school everyday (2 miles) , then participated in the war, and on his return, married, got a job that he bicycled to 5 miles each way every day (rain, snow, didn't matter).  Eventually he got a car, but at age 80 he could no longer drive so when his wife was placed in a nursing home a mile away from his home, he walked every day to have meals with her (3x a day no matter the weather).  This stunned me.  I remember hearing how my grandfather walked everywhere, but because we live in an age where we drive everywhere,  it seems unfathomable.

Yes, this book showcased individuals, but it also showed me a great about the time and the differences  that these brave men endured.


GENRE: History
CHARACTERS: Fred Hale, Anthony Piero, William Campbell
Series/ Progress: WWI
DATE READ: June 1 - June 15
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, AlphaKit
SOURCE: Audio stockpile

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