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The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II (1997)

by Iris Chang

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Details the massacre that took place in December 1937 when the Japanese army overthrew the ancient city of Nanking, China, and raped, tortured, and murdered over 300,000 civilians; examining the atrocity from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers, the Chinese civilians, and the Europeans and Americans who created a safety zone for survivors.… (more)
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This was a difficult read. Iris Chang did a fantastic job at depicting some of the most horrific acts of evil. ( )
  SeekingApatheia | Apr 13, 2021 |
A great non-fiction read about the atrocities committed in Nanking (Beijing) by the Japanese. Although the atrocities committed are just as bad as those committed during the Jewish Holocaust, there is little writing about this event or little historical study. Besides documenting the atrocities, Chang did a good job of trying to make sense of the why the Japanese acted in such a morally bankrupt manner and why the rest of the world did little to see that responsible individuals were brought to justice. 338 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Feb 1, 2021 |
In some ways I wish I'd have read this by paper copy not audiobook as it's impossible to skim the most nausea-inducing, sickening things by audiobook. I don't really think this is a book you like or enjoy. It's something you read to get information. It was very thorough, and more people should know about the Japanese atrocities in Nanking, but I can't say I liked the book. It was worth reading, but not enjoyable. ( )
  ComposingComposer | Jan 12, 2021 |
Informative, horrifying, very interesting.. but everything you need to know is in the first chapter. Too much of this book is padding or self-indulgence on the part of the writer. ( )
  nandiniseshadri | Jul 12, 2020 |
The information is beyond disturbing and Chang pulls no punches in her reporting of the mass carnage and brutality. It is extremely difficult subject matter to relay, but definitely a book that needed to be written and history that needs to be shared across the globe. ( )
  dele2451 | Jun 23, 2020 |
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To the hundreds of thousands of victims in the Rape of Nanking.
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On December 13, 1937, Nanking, the capital city of Nationalist China, fell to the Japanese
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Details the massacre that took place in December 1937 when the Japanese army overthrew the ancient city of Nanking, China, and raped, tortured, and murdered over 300,000 civilians; examining the atrocity from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers, the Chinese civilians, and the Europeans and Americans who created a safety zone for survivors.

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