In 1937 the Japanese marched through China and made their way to Nanking, where over 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians were brutally tortured, raped and murdered. This is a non-fiction account of these atrocities.
After World War II, Japanese officials and historians attempted to cover up this part of their history, but Iris Chang was determined the story be told. Through her research, Chang was able to uncover government documents, personal letters, journalists records and oral histories from those who witnessed it.
My only complaint about the book was that it got to the point where I just felt numb about the whole thing. I would either have A) presented a narrative non-fiction centering around three or so individuals experiences, or B) including the Nanking massacre as part of a larger work about Japanese atrocities during World War II.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1998
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