What Tom Brokaw did for “The Greatest Generation,” Richard Rubin tries to do for their predecessors: the WWI generation, specifically those Americans who served in the American Expeditionary Forces. Rubin sought out the few surviving veterans of WWI (all of whom we have now lost to time), and he lets them tell their stories. These are the voices of another era, who speak of their lives and values and role in that “War to End all Wars” with the eloquence and wisdom of age. This book is a treasure. Pick it up and read at it a little at a time: you will find a gem on every page. Recommended by Sarah Young.
In 2003, 85 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 managed to find dozens, aged 101 to 113, and interview them. All are gone now.