The Good Man of Nanking

The Good Man of Nanking

The Diaries of by John Rabe

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Baker & Taylor
The personal journals of German businessman John Rabe describe the 1937 Japanese siege of Nanking and his efforts to protect the Chinese from the massacre that followed

Baker
& Taylor

The personal journals of German businessman John Rabe describe the infamous 1937 Japanese siege of Nanking and his efforts to protect the Chinese from the massacre that followed, an endeavor that may have saved more than 250,000 lives. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1998
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780375402111
037540211X
Characteristics: xx, 294 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Wickert, Erwin 1915-2008

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di0nysus
Nov 27, 2014

Not sure what to make of this book. In one sense I wish it was written less as a diary and more as a story but at the same time, the rawness of the events unfolding makes it all the more real.

I think this is one topic I will never forget. The savagery and brutality of the Japanese is like nothing of heard of before. This part of ww2 was glossed over in the education system. In some ways it makes the makes the holocause seem tame.

All in all, the first half of the 20th century may go down as the lowest point of humanity in recent memory. There seems to be no respect for life in ww1 and 2.

Am I glad I read this. In some ways yes, in other ways I'd rather not have imagined children being bayoneted. Guess it puts life into perspective and gives me more appreciation for the allies fighting in ww2. I'd hate to imagine how the world would look had we lost.

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Nov 27, 2014

Japanese destroy the city of Nanking and in their wake lie the bodies of men murdered, woman raped and children either bayoneted or orphaned. Not light reading or for the weak.

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