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 - LONESOME ROAD. By George Harsh. New York: W. W....
LONESOME ROAD. By George Harsh. New York: W. W. Norton; $6.95. The lonesome road for George Harsh is his road of life. For this son of a well-to-do family who found himself sentenced to the electric chair for murder at the age of 17, life has been full of paradoxes and ironies. He learned that there is one law for the rich-and another for the poor when his sentence was commuted to life in prison. After 12 years of enduring, the horrors of a Georgia chain gang, he- was pardoned for saving a man's life. Six months later'he was, _'<a, "gentleman officer" flying. ,in 1 .the Royal .Air-.Force and droppingrdeffiai' bombs:" on German cities. Late in 1942 he was shot down and spent, the rsst of the war in the famous Stalag Luft III. THE SUBSEQUENT EVENTS, a large part of which were due to Harsh's leadership, have been well publicized in "The Great Escape." The author makes the shrewd observation that often when writers bare their lives in print, it is to ask for sympathy or mercy for their deeds. Harsh admits flatly that had he received justice he would have been "hanged high as Hainan with a length of rusty barbed wire " The mercy he was given 1 was a humbling experience. He learned to live with himself, without rancor or resentment, and still looks with enthusiasm on his life and its incongruities. BOB DONALDSON

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  1. El Paso Herald-Post,
  2. 26 Jun 1971, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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