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In December 1937, in 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 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.

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 Iris 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.

©1997 by Iris Chang (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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Cosa ne pensano gli iscritti

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Douglas
  • 05/09/2009

Powerful

I disagree with one of the other reviewers who said that this book was biased. Chang makes a point of saying that this type of atrocity is not limited to the Japanese people and she gives credit to some Japanese officials who wept when they saw what had taken place. She merely points out that this event in history is too often overlooked. While almost everyone knows about the Holocaust, how many can tell the hideous tales of Nanking, Baatan (Tears In The Darkness) or of Pol Pot in Cambodia (To Destroy You Is No Loss)? We must learn from these historical horrors as well, and, most importantly, as Chang says, acknowledge their victims.

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  • Generale
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  • despinne
  • 15/03/2003

Well worth your time

The story is reviewed very well. This is a formerly untold war story about Japanese atrocities. While this may put you off, the book was very well written and gives you a perspective of China toward Japanese that may continue to this day.

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  • S. Yates
  • 29/05/2018

Important, Brutal, Critical WWII Reading

After years of learning about World War II (from elementary school through college through personal reading as an adult), I finally turned to this classic and important part of the World War II historical canon. Iris Chang's work chronicling the horrors of the Rape of Nanking is overwhelming. As the subtitle of the book makes clear, while the atrocities committed during the Holocaust by the Nazis have been thoroughly and voluminously studied the same attention to detail and extensive scholarship has not been expended on the months-long atrocities at Nanking. The brutality of the conquering Japanese military against the largely civilian population of Nanking epitomizes savagery and, unlike much of the Holocaust, took place in the open with little subterfuge or euphemisms, in full view of multiple international witnesses.

Chang is meticulous in her work, having gathered information from numerous primary sources, ranging from the letters and diaries of Western observers (including Americans, British, and Germans), as well as interviews with and the writings of the Chinese that survived the event. The scale of the murder, torture, and rape is hard to conceive of -- in fact, just calling it murder and rape makes the cruelty seem mundane when the forms it took were beyond the pale. The inhumanity of the Japanese to the residents of Nanking beggars belief.

This crime against humanity still has ramifications today. The tense Sino-Japanese relationship of the present plays out in a world where the Japanese have never fully admitted their actions or culpability, have never apologized, have never truly educated their population about the myriad shameful acts. Where Germany was forced to face the Holocaust, Japan to this day will not reckon with Nanking. And Western peoples likewise do not pay nearly enough attention to what WWII meant for Asians, only seeming to pay attention to the Japanese to the extent their actions directly impacted the United States. This book is as important now as it was when it was published, and shines a much-needed light on at least one part of the non-Western events of WWII and on the depravity that is possible during wartime.

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  • William Michael Brauer
  • 26/02/2018

Necessary reading.

Evil. exists not in the"other" but in every individual human being.

Weakness/capitulation is no solution.

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  • Kristi
  • 06/05/2016

One of the most powerful stories ever told

This book should be required reading for any WWII history class. The Nanking Massacre is tragically unknown to most people yet the Jewish holocaust is known about by all. It could be argued that the events in Nanking hold at least the same historical importance and this book tells the story in a truly gripping manner

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  • Grant Wentworth
  • 12/07/2015

A dark history brushed under the rug

Where does The Rape of Nanking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top.

What did you like best about this story?

Using first hand accounts helps give the story a face.

Which character – as performed by Anna Fields – was your favorite?

No one really. Just a good narrator

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Very much so

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  • Thucydides
  • 05/10/2016

Simply a must read

Crucial history well told. Told from the perspective of the Japanese, a Nazi, and an American. Thoroughly researchers and told in with eloquent and compelling prose. Let us never forget and never repeat.

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  • Michael
  • 07/04/2016

The world should be made to study this tragedy

Iris Chang does and excellent job and Anna Fields narrates this book well but what the book lacks is more from the Japanese side. Unfortunately the Japanese seem to be trying to hide this past of theirs. Whilst Germany has to live with the guilt and shame of WWII the Japanese seem to have white washed it. Never the less, I think if the rest of the world remembers, studies, and discusses the Rape of Nanking, then the Japanese will have to come to grips with it. I can't understand how people can do the atrocities they do, lucky I have never been put in that situation but I hope by reading about these events I will think twice and do the right thing and be a human being if ever put in a situation like the Rape of Nanking.

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  • James
  • 26/06/2012

A Must LISTEN

Would you listen to The Rape of Nanking again? Why?

Yes, with a pen and paper to get the facts written down.

What did you like best about this story?

The incredible research that has gone into the work.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It astounded me

Any additional comments?

Anyone living-with or dealing with the Chinese should listen to this to gain an understanding into their intense distrust of their neighbours.

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  • Mike
  • 27/09/2010

A Story that needed telling!

I've heard the term much of my life. I lived through WWII and never got the details on what the "Rape of Nanking" meant. This was a story I needed to hear. The Japanese culture needs correcting....but only exposes like this will let the current generation know what thier forebears did.......

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  • Labrador with class
  • 10/04/2017

Lest we forget

Would you listen to The Rape of Nanking again? Why?

To try and understand how and why Japan as a country and as a nation has not really dealt with this part of their history, ho the emperor was allowed to stay on, and to try an see what would make people behave in that way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rape of Nanking?

The interviews with the survivors, 40-50 years after the event. Having lived with that as a memory of your childhood.... and the moment when Tan's friends come looking for his body but find him alive.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

This is not a relevant question for this book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me shed a tear.

Any additional comments?

Read it, and ask Japan a question.

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  • Chris
  • 31/05/2017

the best and the worst of human beings

Well written, compelling and terrifying. this book should be essentail reading for everyone. It shows both the best and worst of human nature and gives a valuable insight into hate, propoganda and government misuse of power.

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  • Dallas Winston 9
  • 07/03/2017

Detailed description of hell on earth.

If you could sum up The Rape of Nanking in three words, what would they be?

Horrific, illuminating, unforgettable.

What did you like best about this story?

The second part of the book tells of the local foreigners efforts to help the Chinese, it was a nessecery uplift after the horrors described in the first half of the novel.

What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I'm English and this book felt American in origin so she helped me adjust my prospective.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

To forget a holocaust is to kill twice.

Any additional comments?

An horrific story but a nessecery listen for those in search of the truth of the past in the hope that it not be repeated.

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  • graham darby
  • 07/07/2016

A staggering book

From knowing little about this, I found the book staggering - fascinating and horrific in equal measure.

Not an easy listen by any stretch but something worthwhile to learn and inform yourself about the depths to which human beings can sink in their treatment of each other.

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  • Aureo Lustosa Guerios Neto
  • 07/11/2019

Exceptional book, thoroughly documented

Very relevant book about an unjustly forgotten massacre. It is an insightful work of history, very complete and well written. It can be difficult at times to read the descriptions of the absurd and cruel atrocities, but that shows even more the relevance of this work. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anamaria Schipor
  • 21/10/2019

Emotional, powerful, controversial

I read this book in order to better understand the situation and conflict between China and Japan. The book has a good research in the background , which I appreciated, and I think it is a good argument for China's accusation in the conflict. Whilst I am not entirely sure on whether or not to take it as it is, undeniably this book is compelling regarding the horrors of war and the nature of human cruelty , when the wrong ideology is implemented. Certainly a book worth reading, but not for those weak of heart and emotionally frail. Prepare to be shocked, impressed, surprised, and to question the human heart

  • Generale
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  • H. Adorno
  • 08/08/2019

Enlightening and, poignant...

We're Incessantly 'bludgeoned' with holocaust, one becomes Enervated!

THIS IS, 'holocaust' - these Chinese HAVEN'T received Millions/billions in Reparations, Formal/Public Apologies NOR, are mentioned every other week in mainstream media.

Additionally, the Psychological trauma these Chinese women must've Suffered birthing And, Nurturing the fruits of Rape (those that survived)...
Then, the Stigma these children, products of Multiple rapes, must've suffered Plus, the internal Conflicts these mothers must've endured. Conflicts between Maternal loving/nurturing, hatred towards these males constant Reflection in the faces of these, Their children and Self-loathing...?

  • Generale
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  • Utente anonimo
  • 28/06/2019

Essential reading for everyone

Important piece of history. Must-read. Though not for the faint of heart, these our stories that need to be remembered.

  • Generale
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  • Kelly
  • 27/04/2019

Shocking Read

An insightful read into the war between the Japanese and Chinese during WWII - crazy to understand how much has been hidden....Everyone needs to hear this!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01/02/2019

heartbreaking must read/listen story

difficult at times due to the horrific content but a must read nevertheless. heartbreakingly necessary.