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The Rape of Nanking (Unabridged)

by Iris Chang

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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. Listen to Iris Chang talk about this book on C-SPAN's Booknotes (11/17/97).

Customer Reviews

What so many Americans may never know

I'm glad I heard a talk show radio host recommend to his audience to read this book. At 40 years of age I knew nothing of Nanking, I'm glad I know now. This is a hard book to listen to, but I think it's necessary. May God be with the oppressed people all over the world!

Very well written

Very well written book that is interesting and historically accurate. The woman who reads the book was excellent as well.

Excellent book, excellent narration

I can't really say enough positive things about this audiobook. Not only is the book compelling and well-researched and well-written, but the narration is so exceptional I looked for other books read by Anna Fields.

Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanking (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Anna Fields
  • Published: 1997
  • Category: History
  • Provider: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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