Now the Hell Will Start

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Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight from the Greatest Manhunt of World War II
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First Edition (English)
Author Brendan I. Koerner
Country United States
Language English
Genre World War II
Publisher Penguin Press (USA)
Publication date
Media type Hardback
ISBN 1-59420-173-0
OCLC 175289974
940.54/8 22
LC Class D810.N4 P4756 2008

Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight from the Greatest Manhunt of World War II (2008) is a narrative nonfiction history book by United States author Brendan I. Koerner.[1][2][3][4]

It investigates and recounts the story of Herman Perry, an African-American World War II soldier assigned in the China-Burma-India theatre of the war. Perry killed a white officer while helping construct the Ledo Road. He subsequently retreated into the Indo-Burmese wilderness and joined a tribe of the headhunting Nagas, successfully joining one village and marrying the fourteen-year-old daughter of one of the tribesmen.

It also relates some of the history of the CBI theatre as it pertains to Herman Perry's, as well as explores the injustices of the Jim Crow mentality and policies carried out by the military during World War II.

In February 2009, American director Spike Lee purchased the film rights to the book.[5]


  1. ^ Jonathan Yardley (July 13, 2008). "Jonathan Yardley on 'Now the Hell Will Start'". Washington Post. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ James Fallows (July 21, 2008). "A wonderful new book: 'Now the Hell Will Start'". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Michelle Kung (May 23, 2008). "Now the Hell Will Start". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ Staff writer (April 15, 2008). "Now the Hell Will Start". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ Marc Graser (February 2, 2009). "Director grabs rights to WWII thriller". Variety. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 

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