World War I subject of book talk, Oct. 17

Author Richard Rubin will sign and discuss his new book, “The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War,” at the Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library on Oct. 17.

“Few big things are as overlooked and under-appreciated, in the modern American landscape, as the First World War,” remarks Richard Rubin, who over the past decade sought out every last living American veteran of World War I, and uncovered a neglected great generation and their war.

Rubin’s decade-long odyssey led him across the United States and France, through archives, private collections, and battlefields, literature, propaganda, and even music. But at the center of it all were the last of the last, the men and women he met — several dozen, aged 101 to 113, all of whom have now passed away.

Rubin is the author of the best-selling “Confederacy of Silence.” He has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, Parade, and New York. He lives in New York and Maine.

This program, being held at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 654-2581.

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