What an excellent book! I can't top Zahir's review
of The Last of the Doughboys--his review is quite eloquent, and in my opinion, accurate.
I will say, however, that I thought
I knew about WWI, but as it turns out, I didn't. When I think of this war, the images in my head are literally in black and white. It is so far removed from my existence, that I can only see it the way that I see images of it in books and on film. That was until I read this book.
These centenarians put this war into color for me--made it seem real, and modern, and just as terrifying as any war that I imagine. I found the interview of George Briant to be particularly poignant, and I sort of wished that the book had ended at the end of his story.
The Last of the Doughboys is long
. Like fairly close to War and Peace felt inclined to fill the spaces between the interviews with relevant (but sometimes long-winded) information and observations.
Overall, this was a very well done, interesting book, and I'd even go so far as to say that it's probably one that Americans should read at some point in their lives.