This "New York Times" national bestseller recounts the forgotten story of the brutal massacre of 300,000 Chinese civilians by the Japanese army. ...Show synopsisThis "New York Times" national bestseller recounts the forgotten story of the brutal massacre of 300,000 Chinese civilians by the Japanese army. "Anyone interested in the relation between war, self-righteousness, and the human spirit will find "The Rape of Nanking" of fundamental importance".--Ross Terrill, author of "China in Our Time". of photos.Hide synopsis
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I have read several books dealing with the horrific crimes of the Nazis in Europe during WWII. I knew the Japanese did some terrible things after conquering country after country. As I read the book, I was reminded again that man's inhumanity to man knows no boundaries. Iris Chang's book shines the light of day on the rape, torture, and murder of tens of thousands of men, women, and children. The treatment of young girls and women was beyond bestial. I know there is still much controversy over the use of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but I can't keep from thinking justice was served. As I read, one verse from the Bible came to mind. It is in Hosea: "They have sown to the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind."
This book was very hard to read. I had never heard about what happened in Nanking. I was surprised to read about all of these things and wondered why what happened is not taught in U.S. schools. It's a real shame. This book should be read by all.
Iris Chang's account of the Rape of Nanking is a must read for anyone interested in WWII and the realities of war. The Rape of Nanking has not received the attention given to other massacres and Chang tells us why this is. She also gives a sampling of the horrors inflicted upon the Nanking citizens after they were pretty much abandoned by the Chinese army. Huge numbers of women were raped, hundreds of thousands of people killed in a variety of gruesome ways (including being used as living targets for bayonet practice) and many, many lives were destroyed both economically and emotionally.
Chang's book is not a long read like so many other histories and it is certainly not boring, but it may be disturbing to read. However, I feel incidents like this need to be discussed if we are to prevent them from happening in the future. This is a very enlightening book about one of the most hidden atrocities in the 20th century
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