The Nanking Atrocity 193738: Complicating the Picture. Edited by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi. Berghahn Books, New York, 2007. xx, 433 pages. $95.00. Reviewed by R. Keith Schoppa Loyola College in Maryland The current relevance of this excellent book was underscored by my receiving, as I was finishing reading it, an email (dated May 5, 2008) from the "Committee for the Examination of the Facts about Nanking." Two of the members of the committee, Fujioka Nobukatsu and Higashinakano Shudo ¯ ¯, loom large in Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi's edited volume as foremost "deniers" of the Nanking Atrocity. The email posed five questions about the "Battle of Nanking" to visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao--the substance of which are all addressed in this book. The issue of what happened in Nanking from December 1937 into early 1938 has recently become an especially hot topic, with a number of books focusing on it following the publication in 1997 of the late Iris Chang's The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II (Basic Books). In the sharply polarized reaction to her book, she was both lionized and demonized for her interpretation. Wakabayashi's book is in many ways a reaction to issues raised
The Journal of Japanese Studies – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Jan 15, 2009
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