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The Rape of Nanking - Iris Chang
The Rape of Nanking
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In December 1937, the Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking. Within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered—a death toll exceeding that of the atomic blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. Using extensive interviews with... show more
In December 1937, the Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking. Within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered—a death toll exceeding that of the atomic blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. Using extensive interviews with survivors and newly discovered documents, Iris Chang has written what will surely be the definitive history of this horrifying episode. The Rape of Nanking tells the story from three perspectives: of the Japanese soldiers who performed it, of the Chinese civilians who endured it, and 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. Among these was the Nazi John Rabe, an unlikely hero whom Chang calls the "Oskar Schindler of China" and who worked tirelessly to protect the innocent and publicize the horror. More than just narrating the details of an orgy of violence, The Rape of Nanking analyzes the militaristic culture that fostered in the Japanese soldiers a total disregard for human life. Finally, it tells the appalling story: about how the advent of the Cold War led to a concerted effort on the part of the West and even the Chinese to stifle open discussion of this atrocity. Indeed, Chang characterizes this conspiracy of silence, that persists to this day, as "a second rape."
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140277449 (0140277447)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 290
Edition language: English
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4.0 Review of The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
This was a very difficult book to read. The misery and atrocities committed in this book are difficult to comprehend. How any people, anywhere, could do such things on such a massive scale defies belief. This is a very important book to read, especially since it is about a part of the world that mos...
Girl Interrupted Reading
Girl Interrupted Reading rated it
3.5
The Rape of Nanking is a hard book to read. Its unsettling at times and just makes you hate people. Most of us Americans probably never heard about the Nanking Massacre when we learned about WWII, I remember vaguely learning Japan was invading China, but that was it. What the Japanese did to the Chi...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
4.0 The Rape Of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II
The "Rape of Nanking" refers to the astounding atrocities committed by invading Japanese soldiers during the first several weeks of their occupation of Nanking, then China's capital, slaughtering perhaps half the city's population. From 250 to 350 thousand non-combatants killed and 20 to 80 thousand...
Thewanderingjew
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5.0 The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
Beginning in 1937 and continuing until 1945, Japan controlled the capital city of Nationalist China, Nanking. They had already conquered Shanghai. This military effort was part of their ongoing design to conquer Asia. Their barbarism has largely remained unknown because of political efforts to silen...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
2013 April 14I've been not grabbing this off my bedside table for weeks now. Last night I managed to read the photo captions, but I had to put it aside after that. It is easier to read stories of atrocities when there is some hope of some kind of happier ending. Maybe I'll get back to it someday, bu...
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