The Last of the Doughboys

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Richard Rubin talks about finding and interviewing living American World War I veterans, aged 101 to 113, to capture their life stories before they died. The Last of the Doughboys is his decade-long odyssey to recover the stories of a forgotten generation and their experience in the Great War


Richard Rubin

Comments [6]

Enjoyed this interview. Worthy topic. Good chemistry between the interesting, gracious guest and Mr. Lopate.

"Honor the dead, heal the wounded, stop the wars."
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May. 29 2013 03:10 AM
Amy from Manhattan

With only 2 black veterans to interview, there's no way to know how typical their experiences in the war or after were.

May. 28 2013 01:54 PM

One of the best depictions of WW1 was done in the old series "Upstairs Downstairs" which I just saw only recently. The whole 3rd or 4th season was devoted to it. Really excellent.

May. 28 2013 01:42 PM

My great-uncle, Will Crawford, was a doughboy. He died almost over 50 years ago.

WWI begets WWII - mostly due to European greed -- which gives us the Baby Boom which at least in part is stressing our own healthcare and social insurance systems.

When does this global BS end?

May. 28 2013 01:42 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I read a biography of Lou Gehrig when I was a child, & I remember it said he was bullied, & maybe even beaten up, when he was in school because of his German ancestry.

May. 28 2013 01:38 PM
Mark from Newark

Can you ask Mr. Rubin did he try and interview German WW1 veterans? If not, why? Thank you.

May. 28 2013 01:30 PM

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