In December 1937, the Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking. Within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers 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 the definitive history of this horrifying episode.
Chicago Tribune A powerful new work of history and moral inquiry. Chang takes great care to establish an accurate accounting of the dimensions of the violence. Nien Cheng, author of Life and Death in Shanghai Meticulously researched ... A gripping account that holds the reader's attention from beginning to end. Beatrice S. Bartlett, professor of history, Yale University Iris Chang's research on the Nanking holocaust yields a new and expanded telling of this World War II atrocity and reflects thorough research. The book is excellent; its story deserves to be heard. Frederic Wakeman, director of the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley Heartbreaking... An utterly compelling book. The descriptions of the atrocities raise fundamental questions not only about imperial Japanese militarism but the psychology of the torturers, rapists, and murderers. George F. Will, syndicated columnist Something beautiful, an act of justice, is occurring in America today concerning something ugly that happened long ago... Because of Chang's book, the second rape of Nanking is ending. Orville Schell, The New York Times Book Review In her important new book ... Iris Chang, whose own grandparents were survivors, recounts the grisly massacre with understandable outrage. Ross Terrill, author of Mao, China in Our Time, and Madame Mao 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.