The Rape of Nanking

The Rape of Nanking

The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

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The New York Times bestselling account of one of history's most brutal -- and forgotten -- massacres, when the Japanese army destroyed China's capital city on the eve of World War II

In December 1937, one of the most horrific atrocities 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. In this seminal work, Iris Chang, whose own grandparents barely escaped the massacre, tells this history 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.

Drawing on extensive interviews with survivors and documents brought to light for the first time, Iris Chang's classic book is the definitive history of this horrifying episode.

"Chang vividly, methodically, records what happened, piecing together the abundant eyewitness reports into an undeniable tapestry of horror." - Adam Hochschild, Salon
Publisher: New York, NY : BasicBooks
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780465028252
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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May 15, 2017

An illuminating account of Japan's WWII atrocities, it made it hard to feel anything positive, at all, about the country of Japan. I find it very interesting that Japanese culture referred to us as barbarians.

Aug 29, 2016

This was a tough book to read. I later found out when researching the author that she apparently committed suicide and some believe part of the reason for her depression was very troubling nature of so much of her research.

You always hear about the NAZIs and the atrocities committed by them and their supporters, but in the west you never hear about China. Japan killed over 15 million people and it's been largely forgotten about. This book details just one city and just one period and shows the brutality of the Japanese Army.

It was a very hard book to read from an emotional standpoint.

BostonPL_LauraB May 10, 2016

This was a tough book to read, but it is important. Although I am more of the belief that the world is inherently good, there is no denying that there are also horrible people out there and maybe just ordinary people who commit unbelievable atrocities. If you have no idea what the title of this book means, read it. It is necessary to know this part of world history just as it is necessary to know about the Holocaust. Highly recommended.

The edition I read was made even more sad by finding out what happened to the author years after she wrote this. It was a real shame, because she was an excellent author.

Feb 23, 2016

A compulsively readable, fast paced account/ indictment of the Japanese military's activities in Nanking in 1937-8. Although it purports to be a history, its a 'history' only in the sense that it is about human events that occurred in the past, but in truth it reads more like a 'case for the prosecution': a lot of rhetorical devices are used skew and slant the story told. Author seems frightened that the facts cannot speak for themselves.

Jun 25, 2013

An excellent book about a not-well-enough kow chapter in Asian history. Factual but easily readable, this book will make you wonder what is the matter with all of us?

chenlixu Feb 13, 2012

For peoples who want to know more historical background & detail about the book, I find the documentary DVD Nanking (ASIN: B000ZN71GS) is a must see. It's a very moving & powerful DVD.

Jun 26, 2008

It is a good read as it outlines the events of the Nanking Atrocities. Includes some black and white pictures that are claimed as being from the incident. A lot of debate over the 'facts' of the books, but I think they're not that big of a change. This is a good book to read to see the contrast with many other Japanese written books on the subject. Take a look at "The Alleged Nanking Massacre" or other revisionist books--they'll leave you thinking.


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Jun 26, 2008

Violence: descriptions and images

Jun 26, 2008

Sexual Content: war time sex crimes


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