The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond The Rape of Nanking

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The poignant story of the life and death of world-famous author and historian Iris Chang, as told by her mother.
Iris 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 shook Iris to her core. Who were these people? Why had this happened and how could their story have been lost to history? ...
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Overview

The poignant story of the life and death of world-famous author and historian Iris Chang, as told by her mother.
Iris 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 shook 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 a Nazi party leader 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' 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' 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.
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Wall Street Journal
“The book is less a tale of a renowned author’s vertiginous spiral into depression than it is a mother’s poignant tribute to a Chinese-American girl who achieved success through her own intelligence, hard work, and grit. The Woman Who Could Not Forget ultimately isn't a sad story, but rather a celebration of Iris’s remarkable life.”
San Jose Mercury News
“Iris was twenty-nine when The Rape of Nanking settled onto the New York Times bestseller list, making her a literary sensation while conferring a connection to her roots that she hungered for.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Iris’ punishing work habits (she sometimes stayed up for thirty-six hours at a time) and exhaustive research helped make The Rape of Nanking a groundbreaking book. After I finished reading this powerful memoir, a little jolt of electricity went through me; I realized that Iris Chang will not be forgotten.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605983578
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ying-Ying Chang is the mother of Iris Chang. She has a PhD from Harvard in biochemistry and was a research associate professor of microbiology at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with her husband, Shau-Jin, a physics professor. She lives in San Jose, California and is on the board of the Iris Change Memorial Fund.

Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-three books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award; and Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in San Francisco.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    Not so great a book.

    Informative, however much too much information. Given that this book was written by the mother, I became bored around chapter 10 with all the details of Iris' childhood. I get that Iris was brillant, and I will read her best seller, but I won't recommend The Woman Who Could Not Forget. Sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    A Japanese-American's view.

    I was born in Japan and was on my way to America when the invasion of Nanking took place. I could never come to grips with Japan's behavior in WWII. And to learn of Iris Chang's death was heart rending. To revisit it in her mother's book was like re-opening an old wound, but it strengthened my resolve to keep alive her mission to seek admission of guilt from Japan and compensation for the victims of the Nanking massacre. Healing can come about only when these steps are taken. Iris Chang is my hero.

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