Although the subject of the book, "The Rape of Nanking," is an important one, the author Iris Chang writes a rather simplistic , stereotyped, and often inaccurate presentation of the events. Since the Rape of Nanking is one of the greatest atrocities of this century, it is especially disappointing that one of the few English books written on this horrible event is done so with sloppy scholarship and mediocre analysis. Many historians have been concerned about her uncritical treatment of her sources, many of which are questionable. Especially frustrating is her frequent speculations and uninspired analysis of events which are patently implausible. I fear that many of the right-wing fringe groups in Japan may exploit the many flaws in her book. The importance of historical accuracy and careful scholarship cannot be stressed enough, especially when it comes to the topics of large-scale atrocities and crimes against humanity. Although it was a noble attempt by Ms. Chang, I'm afraid we would have to look towards the future for a more scrupulous account.