This first-ever biography of Shalikashvili's riches-to-rags-and-back-to-riches story reveals how his distinctive background helped him become one of the United States's greatest military leaders. He exhibited a unique and unconventional leadership style employing expertise, humility, straightforwardness, and empathy that he adroitly used to resolve or prevent destructive conflict. His distinctive leadership style greatly benefited the United States, Europe, and beyond: as when he led the rescue of 500,000 Kurdish refugees in the first Gulf War's aftermath; when he represented Joint Chiefs chairman Colin Powell in helping secure loose nukes in the former Soviet republics; as he joined forces with fellow immigrant Madeleine Albright on the Partnership for Peace initiative and NATO enlargement program in the 1990s; and in retirement, when he helped end the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, thereby finally allowing gay servicemembers to serve openly without fear of dishonorable discharge.
About the Author
Table of ContentsPrologue: The Boy on the Bridge
Only in America
How Many Shalikashvilis Can There Be in the World?
Will It Play in Peoria?
Missy and Wartime Warsaw
Countess Julie Pappenheim
Oma and the Passing of the Old World
To Become an Officer?
Dimitri: Prisoner of War
A Strategic Yes
The Crucible of OCS
Savior of the Kurds?
Warning the Iraqis
A World Figure?
Getting to Yes
The Ghost of Dimitri
The Final Inheritance
The Meaning of a Life
What People are Saying About This
"If you understand the life of General John Shalikashvili, you will better appreciate what is great about America. By holding up an insightful mirror to this former World War II 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." Former member of the US House of Representatives Lee H. Hamilton
"This is an astonishingly readable biography of one of the most remarkable leaders in American military history. If you don't know of John Shalikashvili's story, Andrew Marble's saga of an immigrant boy who, in the 1990s became the highest ranking leader at the Pentagon, will amaze and inspire." Claudia Dreifus, Columbia University
"General John Shalikashvili was the American dream in living form. 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." Former US Secretary of State John Kerry
"It was so wonderful to see the General Shali I worked for come alive in these pages! What a great American he was, and this book is a fine telling of his American story. Read it for inspiration, and remember that when we talk about immigrants, we are talking about the John Shalikashvili's of this world." Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, International Institute for Strategic Studies