Richard Rubin, The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt) is a true gift, drawn from Rubin’s conversations with some of the most interesting people you will ever meet on the printed page. With the last of these veterans now dead, this is the only place you will find their stories. (It) is a wonderful combination of biography and history. The story of the American involvement in World War I is told by those who had lived it and who lived to tell the tale.

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