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Boy on the BridgeThe Story of John Shalikashvili's American Success$
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Andrew Marble

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178028

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178028.001.0001

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Only in America

Only in America

August 11, 1993—Washington, D.C.

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Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

The chapter is set during the August 11, 1993, White House Rose Garden nomination ceremony, with President William J. Clinton nominating General John Shalikashvili to replace General Colin Powell as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking US military officer. The chapter shows how far Shalikashvili has come, how close he now was to fully achieving the American dream, that he has aristocratic blood, and his stellar reputation among policy leaders. It hints at his abilities and personality, suggests the important role that four key ancestors have played in determining his career success, and foreshadows the problem that one of them will bring to his confirmation process.

Keywords:   John Shalikashvili, White House Rose Garden, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, nomination ceremony, William J. Clinton, Colin Powell, American dream, determinants of success, aristocracy

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