The Woman Who Could Not Forget

The Woman Who Could Not Forget

Iris Chang Before and Beyond The Rape of Nanking

eBook - 2011
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A moving and illuminating memoir about the life of world-famous author and historian Iris ChangIris Chang's best-selling book, The Rape of Nanking, forever changed the way we view the Second World War in Asia. It all began with a photo of a river choked with the bodies of hundreds of Chinese civilians that shock Iris to her core. Who were these people? Why had this happened and how could their story have been lost to history? She could not shake that image from her head. She could not forget what she had seen.A few short years later, Chang revealed this ';second Holocaust' to the world. The Japanese atrocities against the people of Nanking were so extreme that Nazi officers based in China actually petitioned Hitler to ask the Japanese government to stop the massacre. But who was this woman that single-handedly swept away years of silence, secrecy and shame?Her mother, Ying-Ying, provides an enlightened and nuanced look at her daughter, from Iris's home-made childhood newspaper, to her early years as a journalist and later, as a promising young historian, her struggles with her son's autism and her tragic suicide. The Woman Who Could Not Forget cements Iris's legacy as one of the most extraordinary minds of her generation and reveals the depth and beauty of the bond between a mother and daughter.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2011.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (448 pages)
Additional Contributors: Askews and Holts Library Services


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Jun 17, 2012

Ying-Ying Chang's biography of her daughter Iris is a remarkable book that is both inspiring and frightening. Despite the fact that I know it will be harrowing, I'm now eager to read Iris Chang's most famous book, The Rape of Nanking. What a smart, dedicated and courageous woman she must have been! Iris fearlessly spoke truth to power which made her a rare treasure indeed. Her suicide represents the loss of a brilliant scholar, a compelling writer and a tireless advocate for those whose stories have been expunged from the historical record or distorted beyond recognition. Further, her untimely and unnecessary death is a powerful indictment against ruthless pharmaceutical companies and uncaring, negligent doctors that produce and prescribe dangerous anti-psychotic and anti-depressant drugs with known and potentially lethal side effects.

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