Watchman at the Gates

Watchman at the Gates

A Soldier's Journey from Berlin to Bosnia

American Warriors Series

by George Joulwan and David Chanoff

Foreword by Tom Brokaw

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

288 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 28 b&w photos

  • Hardcover
  • 9780813180847
  • Published: May 2021



In Watchman at the Gates, General George Joulwan chronicles his exceptional career in the upper echelons of the armed forces. Present at both the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, he served multiple tours in Germany during the Cold War and two tours in Vietnam. By chance, he was recruited as Nixon's White House deputy chief of staff and witnessed the last acts of the Watergate drama first-hand. He went on to lead US Southern Command -- fighting insurgencies and the drug war in Latin America -- and was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces in Europe (SACEUR) during the Rwandan genocide and the Bosnian peacekeeping missions of the 1990s.

At its heart, this inspiring memoir is a soldier's story -- written by a warrior who saw defending his country and the democratic values it stands for as his highest calling. Joulwan shares his experiences working with many major military and political figures, including generals William E. DePuy, Alexander Haig, John Vessey, and Colin Powell, US ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. Throughout, he merges memory and lessons in leadership, paying tribute to his teachers and colleagues and explaining the significance of their influence on his personal approach to command. Featuring a foreword by Tom Brokaw, Watchman at the Gates offers incredible insights into world events as well as valuable lessons for a new generation of leaders.