Consumed by a desire for truth, Iris Chang uncovered one of the world's forgotten holocausts in her groundbreaking non-fiction book, "The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II." Her life and the struggle to write this book are now immortalized in the documentary Iris Chang: The Rape Of Nanking.
Published in 1997, her book made it immediately on to best-seller lists, including The New York Times, and was the first detailed English-language account of the atrocities that had a death toll exceeding Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. More than just revealing the total disregard for human life by the Japanese soldiers, Iris also exposed the concerted effort during the Cold War on the part of the West and even China to suppress what had happened. Thanks to her, many people know about the massacre, but they know little about the woman who brought it to the world’s attention.