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The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
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The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II Hard back - 1997

by Chang, Iris

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New York: Basic Books - A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 1997. Hard Back. Very Good/Very Good. 6" x 9 1/2. 290 Pages Indexed. Red boards with black quarter spine and silver lettering. Book is clean with a square, tight binding and bright, white pages. Book has bump to top of spine and a previous owner's ex-libris plate on ffep. Foreword by William C. Kirby. In December of 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 characterizes this conspiracy of silence, which persists to this day, as a second rape. Contents in Ten Chapters: The Path to Nanking, Six Weeks of Terror, The Fall of Nanking, Six Weeks of Horror, The Nanking Safety Zone, What the world knew, The Occupation of Nanking, Judgement Day, The Fate of the Survivors, and the Forgotten Holocaust A Second Rape.
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  • Title The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
  • Author Chang, Iris
  • Binding Hard Back
  • Edition First Edition
  • Condition Used - Very Good
  • Pages 290
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Basic Books - A Member of the Perseus Books Group, New York
  • Date 1997
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Bookseller's Inventory # 024810
  • ISBN 9780465068357 / 0465068359
  • Weight 1.41 lbs (0.64 kg)
  • Dimensions 9.55 x 6.42 x 1.1 in (24.26 x 16.31 x 2.79 cm)
  • Ages 18 to UP years
  • Grade levels 13 - UP
  • Reading level 1280
  • Library of Congress subjects Nanking Massacre, Nanjing, Jiangsu Sheng,, Nanjing (Jiangsu Sheng, China) - History -
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 97024137
  • Dewey Decimal Code 951.042

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About the author

Iris Chang lived and worked in California. She was a journalism graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana and worked briefly as a reporter in Chicago before winning a graduate fellowship to the writing seminars program at The Johns Hopkins University. Her first book, Thread of the Silkworm (the story of Tsien Hsue-shen, father of the People's Republic of China's missile program) received world-wide critical acclaim. She is the recipient of the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation's Program on Peace and International Cooperation award, as well as major grants from the National Science Foundation, the Pacific Cultural Foundation, and the Harry Truman Library. She passed away in 2004.