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The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II Paperback – January 10, 2012
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A couple of years later I saw his mother at a wedding. She was obviously still deep in the process of grief. She had a vacancy in her eyes that matched the one in my soul. Somehow I allowed her to corner me and to ask me the question: why? I gave the only answer I could have; a meaningless and sympathic answer that must have been as false as it sounded.
Today on NPR I hear, "Iris Chang, the bestselling non-fiction author of the 'Rape of Nanking,' was discovered dead in a car on the side of a California highway, an apparent suicide." She shot herself.
Her friend, Ignatius Ding, says of her: "She saw all of the dark side of human history. She was so sad and frustrated to see, day in and day out, what people could do to their fellow human beings. Those images hung over her all the time. Her room was like a shrine. This is where she had lived for the last ten years ever since I have known her. She cried a lot and was so depressed about the unfortunate past. Her study was just full of maps, pictures, photos. She posted all of it on the wall to keep track of the things she was writing. This is where she lived and it was like a shadow over her life all the time."
This is something like what I said to my friend's mother. I imagine that, as this explanation of a courageous woman's death, my words were just as false.Read more ›
I strongly disagreed with one of the reader's review for criticizing this book as "ridiculous". The reasons for my disagreement are as followed:
1. Criticizing Point:
"Iris Chang is a fourth-Generation Chinese American. She does not speak or understand any of the languages needed to examine this issue (Chinese, Japanese and German). I have concluded that all information used in this book is second-hand information, most of them is propaganda."
First of all, there are a lot of first hand references written in English, as were listed in the book. In fact, one of the reasons that Nanking Massacre was known to the world was because quite a few Europeans and Americans happened to witness and documented the event. If the reviewer considered none of those documents are first-hand documents, I am not sure what the definition of "first-hand" information is. In addition, some of the documents are even reported by Japanese themselves. It is not reasonable to report something against their own country if it is not truth, especially during the war time.
Second, according to what the author stated in the book, the author is a second generation Chinese American (not a very important point here, but it implies the reviewer may not read the book clearly before jumping into conclusion).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Iris Cheng tried so hard to sell this book and propagate to the public opinion. Even in Japan, she tried hard to make contract the publishers translating into Japanese. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lincoln' nephew
Difficult subject matter. I had a hard time getting through this book. The stories are devastating. Important read, though.
Three stars as in, good, glad I read it.
Exactly what I wanted to know about a part of history not known to many.Published 15 days ago by Heinz Schneider
It's obvious that Ms Chang thoroughly researched this book and was able to put so much of the history and atrocities into a format that was interesting as well as horrifying. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Alice
A horrible tragedy whose effects we will live with for the hundred years! Well told.Published 1 month ago by Robert Lee Taylor