I think the history books often overlook or down play the atrocities commited by the Japanese during the war and almost make them seem like the victim. Lets not forget events like Bataan, and what they did in China. They are lucky we didnt turn the whole island to glass.
Former,Is or was?
They also overlook 21st Bomber Command's immolation of various Japanese cities. People scream bloody murder over the nukes, but the firebombing killed more than the two cities put together, a lot more. Hastings' Retribution does a very good job of discussing the events and decisions leading up to the use of the bombs on Japan. Given what everyone thought at the time, I think it was the right thing to do. There was plenty of hand-wringing over the decision at that time, and some who opposed it, but modern critics forget to look at The Decision from a 1945/ 6+ years of world war perspective.