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Publisher Description

The New York Times bestselling account of one of history's most brutal -- and forgotten -- massacres, when the Japanese army destroyed China's capital city on the eve of World War II

In December 1937, one of the most horrific atrocities in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking (what was then the capital of China), and within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered. In this seminal work, Iris Chang, whose own grandparents barely escaped the massacre, tells this history from three perspectives: that of the Japanese soldiers, that of the Chinese, and that of a group of Westerners who refused to abandon the city and created a safety zone, which saved almost 300,000 Chinese.

Drawing on extensive interviews with survivors and documents brought to light for the first time, Iris Chang's classic book is the definitive history of this horrifying episode.

"Chang vividly, methodically, records what happened, piecing together the abundant eyewitness reports into an undeniable tapestry of horror." - Adam Hochschild, Salon

March 11
Basic Books
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Grades 8-17

Customer Reviews

KMM53 ,

Uncovering Japan's dark past

It is true that if we overlook history we are destined to repeat it.
Remarkable book. It should be required reading in our schools and in Japan.
Unfortunately all of the world governments write historical text books to reflect their own propaganda.

MKWick ,

We Are A Sick Bunch

In December 1937, the Japanese army swept into Nanjing. Within weeks, (hundreds of?) thousands of Chinese civilians and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered. As a history teacher who is half Japanese and living in China, I felt it was essential to better educate myself on this brutal massacre. The Rape of Nanking is at times a very gruesome read, and the pictures are absolutely shocking, but it's an account that is of fundamental importance. Unfortunately, many historians have found numerous mistakes in Iris Chang's book. Although some of those mistakes have been corrected in the updated edition, the book has still been a source of controversy. Despite that, I have been made aware of a tragic event that I before knew very little about. Upon completion of the book, my wife and I visited the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall where a bronze statue stands in Iris Chang's honor. She passed away in 2004.

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