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The epic, untold story of Chinaand#8217;s devastating eight-year war of resistance against Japan

For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. The war began in China, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, and China eventually became the fourth great ally, partner to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. Yet its drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue remains little known in the West.

Rana Mitter focuses his gripping narrative on three towering leaders: Chiang Kai-shek, the politically gifted but tragically flawed head of Chinaand#8217;s Nationalist government; Mao Zedong, the Communistsand#8217; fiery ideological stalwart, seen here at the beginning of his epochal career; and the lesser-known Wang Jingwei, who collaborated with the Japanese to form a puppet state in occupied China. Drawing on Chinese archives that have only been unsealed in the past ten years, he brings to vivid new life such characters as Chiangand#8217;s American chief of staff, the unforgettable and#8220;Vinegar Joeand#8221; Stilwell, and such horrific events as the Rape of Nanking and the bombing of Chinaand#8217;s wartime capital, Chongqing. Throughout, Forgotten Ally shows how the Chinese people played an essential role in the wider war effort, at great political and personal sacrifice.

Forgotten Ally rewrites the entire history of World War II. Yet it also offers surprising insights into contemporary China. No twentieth-century event was as crucial in shaping Chinaand#8217;s worldview, and no one can understand China, and its relationship with America today, without this definitive work.

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.

Synopsis:

The epic, untold story of Chinaand#8217;s devastating eight-year war of resistance against Japan in World War II.

Synopsis:

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."

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.

Table of Contents

Contentsand#8194;ix

Dramatis Personaeand#8194;xi

Pronunciation Guideand#8194;xiii

Prologue: City on Fireand#8194;1

Part I: The Path to Warand#8194;25

and#160; 1.and#160;As Close as Lips and Teeth: Chinaand#8217;s Fall, Japanand#8217;s Riseand#8194;27

and#160; 2.and#160;A New Revolutionand#8194;43

and#160; 3.and#160;The Path to Confrontationand#8194;56

Part II: Disasterand#8194;77

and#160; 4.and#160;Thirty-seven Days in Summer: The Outbreak of Warand#8194;79

and#160; 5.and#160;The Battle for Shanghaiand#8194;98

and#160; 6.and#160;Refugees and Resistanceand#8194;109

and#160; 7.and#160;Massacre at Nanjingand#8194;124

and#160; 8.and#160;The Battle of Taierzhuangand#8194;145

and#160; 9.and#160;The Deadly Riverand#8194;157

Part III: Resisting Aloneand#8194;171

and#160; 10.and#160;and#8220;A sort of wartime normaland#8221;and#8194;173

and#160; 11.and#160;Flight into the Unknownand#8194;197

and#160; 12.and#160;The Road to Pearl Harborand#8194;211

Part IV: The Poisoned Allianceand#8194;237

and#160; 13.and#160;Destination Burmaand#8194;239

and#160; 14.and#160;Hunger in Henanand#8194;263

and#160; 15.and#160;States of Terrorand#8194;280

and#160; 16.and#160;Conference at Cairoand#8194;296

and#160; 17.and#160;One War, Two Frontsand#8194;315

and#160; 18.and#160;Showdown with Stilwelland#8194;335

and#160; 19.and#160;Unexpected Victoryand#8194;345

Epilogue: The Enduring Warand#8194;365

Notes and#8194;380

Further Readingand#8194;429

Acknowledgmentsand#8194;437

Photo Creditsand#8194;439

Indexand#8194;440

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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.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140277449
Subtitle:
Chinaand#146;s World War II, 1937-1945
Foreword:
Kirby, William C.
Foreword by:
Kirby, William C.
Foreword:
Kirby, William C.
Author:
Chang, Iris
Author:
Mitter, Rana
Author:
Kirby, William C.
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130910
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 photos to set on two bandw 8-pp inser
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.55 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 464 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.
"Synopsis" by , The epic, untold story of Chinaand#8217;s devastating eight-year war of resistance against Japan in World War II.
"Synopsis" by ,
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."
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