The Rape of Nanking

The Rape of Nanking

The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
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

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.”

& 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.

Publisher: New York : BasicBooks, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780465068357
Characteristics: xi, 290 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., map, plan ; 25 cm


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May 15, 2017

An illuminating account of Japan's WWII atrocities, it made it hard to feel anything positive, at all, about the country of Japan. I find it very interesting that Japanese culture referred to us as barbarians.

Aug 29, 2016

This was a tough book to read. I later found out when researching the author that she apparently committed suicide and some believe part of the reason for her depression was very troubling nature of so much of her research.

You always hear about the NAZIs and the atrocities committed by them and their supporters, but in the west you never hear about China. Japan killed over 15 million people and it's been largely forgotten about. This book details just one city and just one period and shows the brutality of the Japanese Army.

It was a very hard book to read from an emotional standpoint.

BostonPL_LauraB May 10, 2016

This was a tough book to read, but it is important. Although I am more of the belief that the world is inherently good, there is no denying that there are also horrible people out there and maybe just ordinary people who commit unbelievable atrocities. If you have no idea what the title of this book means, read it. It is necessary to know this part of world history just as it is necessary to know about the Holocaust. Highly recommended.

The edition I read was made even more sad by finding out what happened to the author years after she wrote this. It was a real shame, because she was an excellent author.

Feb 23, 2016

A compulsively readable, fast paced account/ indictment of the Japanese military's activities in Nanking in 1937-8. Although it purports to be a history, its a 'history' only in the sense that it is about human events that occurred in the past, but in truth it reads more like a 'case for the prosecution': a lot of rhetorical devices are used skew and slant the story told. Author seems frightened that the facts cannot speak for themselves.

Jun 25, 2013

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?

chenlixu Feb 13, 2012

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

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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Violence: descriptions and images

Jun 26, 2008

Sexual Content: war time sex crimes


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