This "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.This "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.Read Less
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Hard to read, but everyone should be aware of this terrible part of world history.
Jun 24, 2010
Murder and torture
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."
Feb 19, 2010
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.
Apr 3, 2007
The Brutality of War
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
Publishers Weekly, 1997-10-27 The Japanese sack of the Chinese capital Nanking is surely among the world's worst atrocities. In 1937, Japanese forces captured the city and embarked on an orgy of rape, murder and destruction of property unparalleled in scope anywhere to that date. Estimates of those killed within a few days range upward of 350,000. Chang, a freelance writer, first heard about what came to be known as the Rape of Nanking from her parents, who fled China after WWII and settled in the U.S. The author's extensive research lays bare the depravity of Japanese conduct during the war and the heroic resistance of members of the international community in Nanking, who established a safety zone, at great personal risk, to shelter countless thousands of Chinese refugees. One of the unsung heroes of the tragedy is John Rabe, an influential Nazi German in the city who tried without avail to use his influence with Hitler to stop the massacre. Chang's account also takes Japan to task for failing to acknowledge its role in the bloodbath, noting that many high-level Japanese officials still refuse to admit their country's complicity. Likening the siege of Nanking to the recent genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda, the author reminds us that "civilization itself is tissue-thin." A compelling, agonizing chronicle. (Dec.)
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