The Rape of Nanking, by Iris Chang

This is an amazing historical book about the most forgotten massacre in history: the killing, raping, and torturing of hundreds of thousands of Chinese by the Japanese Imperial Army in the period before and including the Second World War.

This book must be read to be believed …. but do not attempt immediately after eating. The truth of what happened in China – and not just in Nanking – is absolutely horrifying.

I had one small quibble with the author’s characterization of Germany as an intensely Christian nation before WWII (not even close!) as she tried to understand this horror in the context of other episodes of genocide and mass atrocity, but overall this is a very well researched, documented, and written book that tells the personal stories of many involved on both sides of the mayhem, but also gives the general historical facts.

Check out the author’s website.