The Fictioning Horror Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
  1. $24.50 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$7.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Military- World War II Pacific
3 Hawthorne Military- World War II Pacific

The Rape of Nanking

by

The Rape of Nanking Cover

ISBN13: 9780140277449
ISBN10: 0140277447
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In December 1937, the Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking. Within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered—a death toll exceeding that of the atomic blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. Using extensive interviews with survivors and newly discovered documents, Iris Chang has written what will surely be the definitive history of this horrifying episode. The Rape of Nanking tells the story from three perspectives: of the Japanese soldiers who performed it, of the Chinese civilians who endured it, and 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. Among these was the Nazi John Rabe, an unlikely hero whom Chang calls the "Oskar Schindler of China" and who worked tirelessly to protect the innocent and publicize the horror. More than just narrating the details of an orgy of violence, The Rape of Nanking analyzes the militaristic culture that fostered in the Japanese soldiers a total disregard for human life. Finally, it tells the appalling story: about how the advent of the Cold War led to a concerted effort on the part of the West and even the Chinese to stifle open discussion of this atrocity. Indeed, Chang characterizes this conspiracy of silence, that persists to this day, as "a second rape."

Review:

"Chang fails [in her account] because she rushes to simplify complex events and to universalize what happened at the expense of a careful, comprehensive appreciation of a world violently destroyed." Kirkus

Review:

"In her important new book, Iris Chang, whose own grandparents were survivors, recounts the grisly massacre with understandable outrage." Orville Schell, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A gripping account that holds the reader's attention from beginning to end. This meticulously researched book is a moving drama that pays fitting tribute to the Americans and Europeans living in Nanking who risked their lives to rescue the Chinese people from rape and extermination." Nien Cheng, author of Life and Death in Shanghai

Review:

"Anyone interested in the relation between war, self-righteousness, and the human spirit will find The Rape of Nanking of fundamental importance. It is scholarly, an exciting investigation and a work of passion. In places it is almost unbearable to read, but it should be read — only if the past is understood can the future be navigated." Ross Terrill, author of Mao, China in Our Time and Madame Mao

Synopsis:

In December 1937, in what was then the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres occurred. The Japanese army swept into the the city of Nanking and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenceless city but systematically raped, tortured and murdered more than 300,000 civilians.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-283) and index.

About the Author

Iris Chang’s numerous honors include the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation’s Program on Peace and International Cooperation Award. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times. She is also the author of the bestselling The Rape of Nanking, available from Penguin.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Edward Hahn, June 14, 2011 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
Iris Chang committed suicide. I can't help wondering if doing the research for this book didn't create or deepen her depression. She was an obviously passionate person and turning that passion loose on uncovering what really happened in Nanking in December 1937 must have shook her deeply.

Just reading it shook me deeply.

As a history major in college, I was aware of the allegations against the Japanese in WWII, not just in Nanking but all over S.E. Asia. As an ongoing student of WWII and someone who has traveled all over S.E. Asia, I am even more convinced that the level of brutality that the Japanese visited on the "liberated" peoples of the Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere was matched or exceeded only by the Holocaust in Europe.

I, too, have talked to survivors of the Japanese occupation in the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, and Malaysia and their stories, while not as dramatic as Chang's, were nevertheless riveting and horrifying. I stood in the hallway of what was once a Girl's high school in Manila where 400 young women were raped and eventually killed by drunken Japanese soldiers who expected to die as the Americans approached Manila. I met an old nun who still could not keep the tears from her eyes as she related the story.

So, I have no problem believing that the incidents Chang chronicles and the eyewitness and diary accounts she relates are true. I am also enough of a historian to recognize that she wrote the book as a journalist not as a historian. That belief does not lessen the importance of what she has done in trying to lift the veil from an episode the Japanese would love to have the world forget.

That some Japanese continue to deny, not only the brutality of the rape of Nanking, but also the brutality they visited on every country they occupied is a stain on the rest of the Japanese people. Ahmadinejad denying the Holocaust is a joke compared to Japanese officials and academics denying the Rape of Nanking.

This book is also a must read for anyone who believes that these kinds of brutal happenings are anomalies for as Chang points out in the epilogue, "The Rape of Nanking should be perceived as a cautionary tale...." She goes on to say that human beings are capable of the worst kind of inhuman behavior if the circumstances are right.

Our civilization is a thin veneer.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140277449
Foreword:
Kirby, William C.
Author:
Kirby, William C.
Foreword by:
Kirby, William C.
Foreword:
Kirby, William C.
Author:
Chang, Iris
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
History
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Nanking
Subject:
Nanjing (Jiangsu Sheng, China) History.
Subject:
Nanjing
Subject:
Nanking Massacre, Nanjing, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 19
Subject:
Nanking Massacre, Nanjing, Jiangsu Sheng, Chi
Subject:
World History-Japan
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19981101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3 x 0.7 in 0.7 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Finding Iris Chang: Friendship,... Used Trade Paper $7.95
  2. Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie
    Used Trade Paper $2.50
  3. Monster
    Used Trade Paper $4.50
  4. Nanjing Massacre in History and... Used Trade Paper $9.95
  5. America's longest war :the United... Used Trade Paper $2.75
  6. The Girl in the Picture: The Story... Used Trade Paper $6.95

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » General
Featured Titles » History and Social Science
History and Social Science » Asia » China » Revolutionary 1911 to 1949
History and Social Science » Military » General
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » China, Burma, and India
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » Pacific
History and Social Science » World History » China
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General
History and Social Science » World History » Japan

The Rape of Nanking Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$7.50 In Stock
Product details 304 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140277449 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Chang fails [in her account] because she rushes to simplify complex events and to universalize what happened at the expense of a careful, comprehensive appreciation of a world violently destroyed."
"Review" by , "In her important new book, Iris Chang, whose own grandparents were survivors, recounts the grisly massacre with understandable outrage."
"Review" by , "A gripping account that holds the reader's attention from beginning to end. This meticulously researched book is a moving drama that pays fitting tribute to the Americans and Europeans living in Nanking who risked their lives to rescue the Chinese people from rape and extermination."
"Review" by , "Anyone interested in the relation between war, self-righteousness, and the human spirit will find The Rape of Nanking of fundamental importance. It is scholarly, an exciting investigation and a work of passion. In places it is almost unbearable to read, but it should be read — only if the past is understood can the future be navigated."
"Synopsis" by , In December 1937, in what was then the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres occurred. The Japanese army swept into the the city of Nanking and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenceless city but systematically raped, tortured and murdered more than 300,000 civilians.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.