Anyone who is interested in Japanese and Chinese contemporary history should read this book about what happened in Nanking during the Japanese occupation. The murders of soldiers and civilians, together with massive rape of Chinese women of all ages and destruction of their property, the looting, the despise the Japanese showed during the eight months of occupation is sometimes unbearable to read. But these things have to be told to everyone, before all witnesses of the massacre die. It happened between December 1937 and May 1938 and no one seems to know about it in the Western World. Please, do read this book and lend/give it to someone else, so that it can be spread....Continua
I am one of the billions who didn't know about this gruesome page of history. The book of Chang takes the reader by hand and allows one to go on through pages of facts that push you to wonder about the true way of thinking and acting of mankind. Worth to be read, although it leaves the heart bleeding, and the head too much in a wondering....Continua
One of the worst and most infamous atrocities is known as the Rape of Nanking, the full horror of which came to the attention of the United States and the English speaking world in one of the most shocking and disturbing books I have personally ever read: The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang, published in 1997. Ms. Chang was a first generation Chinese-American from a highly cultivated and educated background. Her parents, who had escaped the Rape of Nanking and emigrated through Taiwan to the United States, were both university professors.
If you have a chance to read it then I urge you to do so. Obviously I give it five stars for it shines a light on the far lesser known genocide in the Far East committed by the Japanese against the Chinese beginning with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931 and the subsequent breakout of total war between the two countries in 1937....Continua
Very informative and not a easy read. Truth is alway hard to digest. I always knew the cruelty expressed by Japanese during the war but to read the gruesome details bring another dimension of the suffering of the Chinese people.
Iris Chang committed suicide in 2004 after long tormented and threatened by the Japanese right wings. Obstructed by local influences, the Japanese version of The Rape of Nanking still remains unpublished.
Amidst conformity and ignorance, Miss Chang fearlessly ferreted out this snippet of lost history which should not be forgotten( to both the Chinese and the Japanese) and recounted it through three perspectives ( from the Chinese, the Japanese, and a group of westerners).
Furthermore, the writer' attempt to account for the why Japan, which was and is adulated as a highly civilized , cultured country, could precipitate such a calamity is profoundly shocking.
As those westerners who sacrificed their lives for saving the Chinese civilians in Nanking, Iris Chang can be seen as an equal for her unbending will to speak out the truth, as a moral beacon that dwarfed all the others around.
Her story should be remembered and read with respect....Continua