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Now the hell will start : one soldier's flight from the greatest manhunt of World War II

Author: Brendan I Koerner
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The remarkable tale of Herman Perry, a native of North Carolina who wound up going native in the Indo-Burmese jungle. Perry was shipped in a segregated labor battalion to South Asia in 1943, one of thousands of black soldiers dispatched to build the Ledo Road, from the mountains of northeast India across the tiger-infested vales of Burma. Perry could not endure the jungle's brutality, nor the racism of his white  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Herman Perry
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brendan I Koerner
ISBN: 9781594201738 1594201730
OCLC Number: 175289974
Description: 386 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Brendan I. Koerner.
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The remarkable tale of Herman Perry, a native of North Carolina who wound up going native in the Indo-Burmese jungle. Perry was shipped in a segregated labor battalion to South Asia in 1943, one of thousands of black soldiers dispatched to build the Ledo Road, from the mountains of northeast India across the tiger-infested vales of Burma. Perry could not endure the jungle's brutality, nor the racism of his white officers. Finally, in emotional collapse, he shot a white lieutenant. So began Perry's flight through one of the planet's most hostile realms. He eventually stumbled upon a village festooned with polished human skulls, where, amid a tribe of elaborately tattooed headhunters, he would find bliss--and would marry the chief 's fourteen-year-old daughter. Author Koerner spent nearly five years chasing Perry's ghost through the remotest corners of India and Burma, and uncovering the forgotten story of the Ledo Road's black G.I.s.--From publisher description.

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