The Rape Of Nanking - Iris Chang

The Rape Of Nanking

By Iris Chang

  • Release Date: 2014-03-11
  • Genre: History
We rated this book with: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 7 Ratings)
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The definitive New York Times bestselling account of one of history's most brutal--and forgotten--massacres
In December 1937, one of the most horrific massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking (what was then the capital of China), and within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered-a death toll exceeding that of the atomic blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. In this seminal work, Iris Chang, whose own grandparents barely escaped the massacre, resurrects this history and tells the story from three perspectives: that of the Japanese soldiers, that of the Chinese, and that of a group of Westerners who refused to abandon the city and created a safety zone, which saved almost 300,000 Chinese.

Amazingly, the story of this atrocity--one of the worst in world history--continues to be denied by the Japanese government. More than just narrating the details of an orgy of violence, The Rape of Nanking tells the shocking story of the concerted effort during the Cold War on the part of the West and even China to stifle open discussion of the massacre. Drawing on extensive interviews with survivors and documents brought to light for the first time, Iris Chang's classic is the definitive history of this horrifying episode.

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  • We Are A Sick Bunch

    4
    By MKWick
    In December 1937, the Japanese army swept into Nanjing. Within weeks, (hundreds of?) thousands of Chinese civilians and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered. As a history teacher who is half Japanese and living in China, I felt it was essential to better educate myself on this brutal massacre. The Rape of Nanking is at times a very gruesome read, and the pictures are absolutely shocking, but it's an account that is of fundamental importance. Unfortunately, many historians have found numerous mistakes in Iris Chang's book. Although some of those mistakes have been corrected in the updated edition, the book has still been a source of controversy. Despite that, I have been made aware of a tragic event that I before knew very little about. Upon completion of the book, my wife and I visited the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall where a bronze statue stands in Iris Chang's honor. She passed away in 2004.
  • Uncovering Japan's dark past

    5
    By KMM53
    It is true that if we overlook history we are destined to repeat it. Remarkable book. It should be required reading in our schools and in Japan. Unfortunately all of the world governments write historical text books to reflect their own propaganda.

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