The Rape of Nanking / The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II (SIGNED TWICE): Chang, Iris The Rape of Nanking / The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II (SIGNED TWICE): Chang, Iris The Rape of Nanking / The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II (SIGNED TWICE): Chang, Iris The Rape of Nanking / The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II (SIGNED TWICE): Chang, Iris

The Rape of Nanking / The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II (SIGNED TWICE)

Chang, Iris

Published by BasicBooks, a Subsidiary of Perseus Books, LLC, 1997
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"First Edition" stated, but number line reads 10 9 8 7 6 5 4, only. Thus, the fourth printing. Dated (1998), inscribed, and signed by the author to half-title page. The author then signs again to the title page. The preliminary pages are slightly rumpled, and the rear free endpaper has a vertical crease. Iris Chang, a journalism graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana, won a graduate fellowship to the writing seminars program at Johns Hopkins University. The number of Chinese massacred by the Japanese Army in the city of Nanking, China, in December, 1937, exceeded the 210,000 Japanese killed by both atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yet the Japanese, having captured the then-capital of China, did not kill the city's inhabitants by mass bombardment. Rather, over a period of seven weeks, in full view of international observers, "Chinese men were used for bayonet practice and in decapitation contests. An estimated 20,000-80,000 Chinese women were raped. Many soldiers went beyond rape to disembowel women, slice off their breasts, nail them alive to walls. Fathers were forced to rape their daughters, and sons their mothers, as other family members watched. Not only did live burials, castration, the carving of organs, and the roasting of people become routine, but more diabolical tortures were practiced. . . ." Yet because the Americans opted to grant a blanket amnesty to all members of the Japanese royal family, Prince Asaka Yasahiko, whose headquarters issued the order to kill all Chinese prisoners, never faced justice, and to this day -- while no one else, including their former German allies, denies the Rape of Nanking -- the Japanese people cling to what the author calls a collective "amnesia, or denial" about those atrocities. Includes some moderately graphic historical B&W photos. Japanese atrocities, World War II military history. 290 pp. including index. Reduced from $65. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In December 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 characterized this conspiracy of silence, which persists to this day, as a second rape.”

Review: China has endured much hardship in its history, as Iris Chang shows in her ably researched The Rape of Nanking, a book that recounts the horrible events in that eastern Chinese city under Japanese occupation in the late 1930s. Nanking, she writes, served as a kind of laboratory in which Japanese soldiers were taught to slaughter unarmed, unresisting civilians, as they would later do throughout Asia. Likening their victims to insects and animals, the Japanese commanders orchestrated a campaign in which several hundred thousand--no one is sure just how many--Chinese soldiers and noncombatants alike were killed. Chang turns up an unlikely hero in German businessman John Rabe, a devoted member of the Nazi party who importuned Adolf Hitler to intervene and stop the slaughter, and who personally saved the lives of countless residents of Nanking. She also suggests that the Japanese government pay reparations and apologize for its army's horrific acts of 60 years ago.

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Publisher: BasicBooks, a Subsidiary of Perseus Books, LLC
Publication Date: 1997
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