Donald J. Farinacci in Conjunction with Merriam Press Announces New Book on Truman and MacArthur

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, a new book delves into the fascinating interaction between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur and its impact upon both the Korean and Cold Wars.

Bennington, VT, May 25, 2010 --( Merriam Press, distinguished military history publisher, and well-respected military history writer, Donald J. Farinacci, commemorate the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War with the publication of "Truman and MacArthur, Adversaries for a Common Cause." The book is available for purchase at

Sixty years ago, fear of nuclear war gripped America. The Russians had been our allies against the Nazis in World War II, but soon after the war's end demonstrated their designs on wide regions of the globe and a hunger for conquest rivaling Hitler's Third Reich.

It was against this backdrop that President Harry S. Truman and General of the Army Douglas MacArthur were thrown together as reluctant partners for the common cause of survival of the free world against militant communism. The occasion was the Korean War, a nasty, brutish slice of hell where what was at stake was no less than who would emerge as the ultimate winner of the Cold War.

"Truman and MacArthur" is at once a war story and a tale of high-powered global politics; but it is first and foremost a story of two men--giants on the world stage but very human in their aspirations, flaws and foibles---men who did not particularly like or respect each other but who put their differences aside for the greater good of America and the free world. The book integrates their interaction into a graphic narrative of the early Korean War, during which the confrontation of the two warriors ultimately caused them to veer off course and collide head-on. It was a collision that caused irreparable damage to each of their careers and altered their places in history.

Donald J. Farinacci