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Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight from the Greatest Manhunt of World WarII

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An epic saga of hubris , cruelty, and redemption, Now the Hell Will Start tells the remarkable tale of the greatest manhunt of World War II. Herman Perry, besieged by the hardships of the Indo-Burmese jungle and the racism meted out by his white commanding officers, found solace in opium and marijuana. But on one fateful day, Perry shot his unarmed white lieutenant in the throes of an emotional collapse and fled into the jungle.

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An epic saga of hubris , cruelty, and redemption, Now the Hell Will Start tells the remarkable tale of the greatest manhunt of World War II. Herman Perry, besieged by the hardships of the Indo-Burmese jungle and the racism meted out by his white commanding officers, found solace in opium and marijuana. But on one fateful day, Perry shot his unarmed white lieutenant in the throes of an emotional collapse and fled into the jungle.

Brendan I. Koerner spent nearly five years chasing Perry's ghost to the most remote corners of India and Burma. Along the way, he uncovered the forgotten story of the Ledo Road's GIs, for whom Jim Crow was as powerful an enemy as the Japanese-and for whom Herman Perry, dubbed the jungle king, became an unlikely folk hero.

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" Koerner's gripping account of a little-known manhunt details the brutality of jungle life while also illuminating larger issues of race and prejudice during the war."
- Entertainment Weekly

" Remarkable . . . Koerner has done a great deal of digging into obscure corners of dusty records and has managed to reconstruct a tale well worth telling."
-Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book Review

" A fascinating, untold story of the Second World War, an incendiary social document, and a thrilling, campfire tale adventure."
-George Pelacanos

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594201738
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/29/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

A contributing editor at Wired whose work appears regularly in The New York Times and Slate, Brendan I. Koerner was named one of Columbia Journalism Review’s Ten Young Writers on the Rise. For more information on Now the Hell Will Start, visit www.nowthehellwillstart.com.

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    I had high hopes for this book. It sounded like an exciting story. I realize it's based on a true story but some true stories read like good fiction, this one did not, there was too much content waisted on people I didn't care about, especially since they were all racists and rednecks. I wanted more action and suspense. It read like a documentary which I found boring and monotonous. I almost quit reading it and tossed it in my goodwill box but I had to find out what happened in the end. It turned out exactly how I figured it would. It was shocking and sad to know that blacks were treated just as badly in the War while fighting for our country as they were treated back home. They were treated like slaves. They had to fight the Nazis and the white man at the same time. The character got screwed and would have had a fair trial and lived a long life if this event didn't take place in the 40's. I did learn more about WWII and that's always interesting to me.

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