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The Rape of Nanking

The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
Chang, Iris (Book - 1997)
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Baker & Taylor
Published on the sixtieth anniversary of the atrocity, a chilling, true account of the 1937 massacre of 250,000 Chinese civilians by the invading Japanese military details a carnage for which the Japanese government has never admitted responsibility.

Perseus Publishing
"In December 1937, in what was then the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking (Na"

In December 1937, in what was then the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking (Nanjing) and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenseless city but systematically raped, tortured, and murdered more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. Amazingly, the story of this atrocity?one of the worst in world history?continues to be denied by the Japanese government.Based on extensive interviews with survivors and newly discovered documents in four different languages (many never before published), Iris Chang, whose own grandparents barely escaped the massacre, has written what will surely be the definitive, English-language history of this horrifying episode?one that the Japanese have tried for years to erase from public consciousness.The Rape of Nanking tells the story from three perspectives: that of the Japanese soldiers who performed it; of the Chinese civilians who endured it; and finally of a group of Europeans and Americans who refused to abandon the city and were able to create a safety zone that saved almost 300,000 Chinese. It was Chang who discovered the diaries of the German leader of this rescue effort, John Rabe, whom she calls the ?Oskar Schindler of China.” A loyal supporter of Adolf Hitler but far from the terror planned in his Nazi-controlled homeland, he worked tirelessly to save the innocent from slaughter.But this book does more than just narrate details of an orgy of violence; it attempts to analyze the degree to which the Japanese imperial government and its militaristic culture fostered in the Japanese soldier a total disregard for human life.Finally, it tells one more shocking story: Despite the fact that the death toll at Nanking exceeded the immediate deaths from the atomic blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined (and even the total wartime casualty count of entire European countries), the Cold War led to a concerted effort on the part of the West and even the Chinese to court the loyalty of Japan and stifle open discussion of this atrocity. Indeed, Chang characterized this conspiracy of silence, which persists to this day, as ?a second rape.”


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Relates an account of the 1937 massacre of 250,000 Chinese civilians in Nanking by the invading Japanese military, a carnage for which the Japanese government has never admitted responsibility

Authors: Chang, Iris
Title: The rape of Nanking
the forgotten holocaust of World War II
Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xi, 290 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., map, plan ; 25 cm
ISBN: 0465068359
0140277447
9780140277449
Statement of Responsibility: Iris Chang
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-283) and index
Subject Headings: Nanking Massacre, Nanjing, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 1937 Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 Atrocities Massacres China Nan-ching shih Nanjing Shi (China) History China History 1937-1945
Topical Term: Nanking Massacre, Nanjing, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 1937
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
Massacres
LCCN: 97024137
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Jun 25, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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?

Feb 13, 2012
  • chenlixu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • pie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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Jul 16, 2008
  • pie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: descriptions and images

Jul 16, 2008
  • pie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: war time sex crimes

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