American Warrior Series

“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

John Kerry

" 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

Lee Hamilton

"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

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)

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).

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"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  

"Andrew Marble's historical tour de force of a penniless European refugee who became the highest-ranking general officer in the US military is far more than a biography of one man. Rather, it's the story of a family of strong-willed people steeped in aristocratic traditions working to survive, as a unit, during one of the most turbulent times in world history.

A story of good fortune, of misfortune, of human flaws, of opportunities taken as well as missed, and how all those factors combined to influence the development of one little boy and the extraordinary man he would become."

- Col. (Ret.) Jon C. Schreyach

Former DivArty Operations Officer and Commander 6th Bn/14th FA, 1st Armored Division

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.

Shalikashvili and his biographer. (March 2011)

A Biographer at the Funeral

The Biographer's Craft

Q&A: Life and Legacy of John Shalikashvili

National Bureau of Asian Research

How are Great Leaders Made? Lessons from Shalikashvili's Career

How Shali Paid it Forward to 500,000 Others

Joint Force Quarterly

3 Shalikashvili Characteristics

San Diego Radio's Mike Slater Show

Keynote Book Talk

2019 Field Artillery OCS Alumni Reunion

Washington Independent Review of Books

Review: Robert Gates' Duty

Review: Paula Broadwell's Petraeus biography: All In

Essay: Did Broadwell's Affair Tarnish her as a Biographer?

Review: Peter Slevin's

Michelle Obama: A Life

one of the first WWII liaison pilots in the air during the Battle of the Bulge

Andrew interviews Major (Ret.) Paul Harrington,


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