“In telling his story for the first time, Andrew Marble masterfully weaves together how a man whose family fled war-torn Europe helped shape American foreign policy for decades and lived out the values of conscience and country.
This isn’t just a must read for military buffs, it’s a source of inspiration for every American and anyone who aspires to be one.”
- U.S. Secretary of State
"...an astonishingly readable biography of one of the most remarkable leaders in American military history.”
- Claudia Dreifus
Columbia University Professor
New York Times Journalist
"By holding up an insightful mirror to this former WWII refugee’s little-known but captivating immigrant success story, biographer Andrew Marble has allowed the bright side of our country to now shine even more widely."
- U.S. Congressman
"It was so wonderful to see the General 'Shali' I worked for come alive in these pages! What a great American he was, and what a fine telling of his American story this book is. Read it for inspiration, and remember that when we talk about immigrants, we are talking about the John Shalikashvilis of this world."
- Kori Schake, PhD
Deputy Director-General, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Joint Force Quarterly
Washington Independent Review of Books
San Diego Radio's Mike Slater Show
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Andrew showcasing manifest from S.S. America voyage that brought Albright to the US in 1948. Shalikashvili arrived on that same ship when he emigrated from Europe in 1952. (August 2011)
National Bureau of Asian Research
2019 Field Artillery OCS Alumni Reunion
Shalikashvili and his biographer. (March 2011)
"Using evocative storytelling, Boy on the Bridge offers us a long-overdue look at my long-time friend, fellow immigrant, and inspirational American soldier-statesman, John Shalikashvili. Shali’s dramatic Old World roots helped him forge a post–Cold War environment in which European and Central Asian regions, long embroiled in conflict, achieved stability and eventual peace. He was a master in determining what needs to be done and what is doable."
- Nicholas Krawciw
Major General, US Army, Ret.
Andrew has written the first biography on Gen. John Shalikashvili, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (1993–1997).
In 8 years of research he traveled over 30,000 miles to 30 cities, 12 states, 3 countries, and 2 continents; accessed 2 restricted Shalikashvili archives; and interviewed well over 300 people, from Shalikashvili and his family and childhood friends to President Bill Clinton, Gen. Colin Powell, and other leaders from the 1990s.
His research was partially funded by a George Marshall Foundation Baruch Fellowship Award. In both 2014 and 2016 he was one of three finalists for the Biographer International Organization's Hazel Rowley Prize for best proposal for a first biography.
Andrew holds a PhD in Political Science from Brown University (2002), an MA in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School (1994), and a BA in East Asian Studies from Middlebury College (1990).
He was founding editor of Asia Policy, a peer-reviewed journal of the National Bureau of Asian Research, and edited NBR's Strategic Asia series.
He lived in Taiwan for 8 years, and was editor of Issues & Studies: A Social Science Quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian Affairs.
He lives in Washington, DC.
Andrew has written and spoken on Shalikashvili and leadership for:
"Boy on the Bridge, a lively and masterful character study of my former boss and hero, CJCS Gen. John Shalikashvili, offers up a thought-provoking picture of how nature and nurture combined in dramatic ways to create that rarity: a leader and human being who was both genuinely selfless and supremely effective."
- Colonel (Ret.) Joseph Collins, PhD
Former CJCS Speechwriter and National Defense University professor
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