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The Rape of Nanking

I’ve been reading Iris Chang’s book The Rape of Nanking — which, for all its flaws, appears to be the best English-language general history available.  I’m only about halfway through, reading about the International Committee’s Safety Zone and the descriptions of the atrocities; critics usually target the last third of the book, where Chang apparently speculates about the Japanese national character.

As far as I know, though, nobody sensible disputes the basic accuracy of her account of the massacre, killing competitions, rapes, etc.  I’ve been having to take it in small pieces.  It was giving me nightmares.

Chang committed suicide in 2004, while working on a book about the Bataan Death March.

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