The Rape of Nanking

The Rape of Nanking

The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

Book - 1998
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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 and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenceless city, but systematically raped, tortured and murdered more than 300000 Chinese civilians.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Putnam, 1998, c1997.
ISBN: 9780140277449
Branch Call Number: 951 .042
Characteristics: xi, 290 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.


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Dec 24, 2020

I'm old enough to know of the "Rape" but this book provides great detail about what happened. I was didn't know about the people who tried to help. Very few people in charge were ever charged, and the international reasons why. I was surprised to learn about the efforts by the far right in Japan to deny that the slaughter ever took place.

Aug 12, 2020


this is a must-read for everyone. Don't let yourself missed out on such a disgusting, heartbreaking event in history. Contains graphic details, detailed description of brutal violence scenes.
This should be included in textbooks

May 15, 2017

An illuminating account of Japan's WWII atrocities, it made it hard to feel anything positive, at all, about the country of Japan. I find it very interesting that Japanese culture referred to us as barbarians.

Aug 29, 2016

This was a tough book to read. I later found out when researching the author that she apparently committed suicide and some believe part of the reason for her depression was very troubling nature of so much of her research.

You always hear about the NAZIs and the atrocities committed by them and their supporters, but in the west you never hear about China. Japan killed over 15 million people and it's been largely forgotten about. This book details just one city and just one period and shows the brutality of the Japanese Army.

It was a very hard book to read from an emotional standpoint.

BostonPL_LauraB May 10, 2016

This was a tough book to read, but it is important. Although I am more of the belief that the world is inherently good, there is no denying that there are also horrible people out there and maybe just ordinary people who commit unbelievable atrocities. If you have no idea what the title of this book means, read it. It is necessary to know this part of world history just as it is necessary to know about the Holocaust. Highly recommended.

The edition I read was made even more sad by finding out what happened to the author years after she wrote this. It was a real shame, because she was an excellent author.

Feb 23, 2016

A compulsively readable, fast paced account/ indictment of the Japanese military's activities in Nanking in 1937-8. Although it purports to be a history, its a 'history' only in the sense that it is about human events that occurred in the past, but in truth it reads more like a 'case for the prosecution': a lot of rhetorical devices are used skew and slant the story told. Author seems frightened that the facts cannot speak for themselves.

Jun 25, 2013

An excellent book about a not-well-enough kow chapter in Asian history. Factual but easily readable, this book will make you wonder what is the matter with all of us?

chenlixu Feb 13, 2012

For peoples who want to know more historical background & detail about the book, I find the documentary DVD Nanking (ASIN: B000ZN71GS) is a must see. It's a very moving & powerful DVD.

Jun 26, 2008

It is a good read as it outlines the events of the Nanking Atrocities. Includes some black and white pictures that are claimed as being from the incident. A lot of debate over the 'facts' of the books, but I think they're not that big of a change. This is a good book to read to see the contrast with many other Japanese written books on the subject. Take a look at "The Alleged Nanking Massacre" or other revisionist books--they'll leave you thinking.

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Jun 26, 2008

Violence: descriptions and images

Jun 26, 2008

Sexual Content: war time sex crimes


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