After interviewing America's remaining World War I veterans for 2013's Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin realized that to get the whole story, he had to go Over There, too. In this engrossing, conversational travelogue, Rubin relates how he spent months on the trail of the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front, finding trenches, tunnels, bunkers, century-old graffiti, and artifacts. But he also found an abiding fondness for Americans, and a colorful corps of local after-hours historians and archeologists who tirelessly explore these sites and preserve the memories that they embody. Based on his popular New York Times series, Rubin's book contains 16 pages of black and white photos, with other images appearing throughout.
"Richard Rubin has written a unique book—a combination of history and travelogue that restores the battlefields of WWI and the men who fought on them to remarkable, often heartbreaking life."—Thomas Fleming