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The Brutality of War

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by MTreader on April 3, 2007

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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