Last of the Blue and Gray by Richard A. Serrano
Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War

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Serrano’s an adequate writer, and the story could have been a decent long-form magazine article. As a book, however, there is just too much mystery-free filler.
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Richard Serrano, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times, pens a story of two veterans. In the late 1950s, as America prepared for the Civil War centennial, two very old men lay dying. Albert Woolson, 109 years old, slipped in and out of a coma at a Duluth, Minnesota, hospital, his memories as a Yankee drummer boy slowly dimming. Walter Williams, at 117 blind and deaf and bedridden in his daughter's home in Houston, Texas, no longer could tell of his time as a Confederate forage master. The last of the Blue and the Gray were drifting away; an era was ending.

Unknown to the public, centennial officials, and the White House too, one of these men was indeed a veteran of that horrible conflict and one according to the best evidence nothing but a fraud. One was a soldier. The other had been living a great, big lie.

 

About Richard A. Serrano

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RICHARD A. SERRANO, former reporter for the Kansas City Times, is currently a Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Serrano shared in two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of the Hyatt sky walks disaster in Kansas City and the King riots in Los Angeles. He is author of One of Ours: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing.
 
Published October 8, 2013 by Smithsonian Books. 231 pages
Genres: History, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Aug 03 2013

Serrano’s an adequate writer, and the story could have been a decent long-form magazine article. As a book, however, there is just too much mystery-free filler.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 24 2013

Told with clarity and skillfully paced, Serrano’s story of two old men and the mythology that grew up around them is intimate, expansive, and thoroughly entertaining.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Scott Martelle on Oct 18 2013

Ultimately, "Last of the Blue and Gray" is a solid work on an intriguing subset of American history: scam artists and those whose insecurities drove them to conjure up military pasts they never had. And what's more American than the desire for a little re-invention?

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