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Circle William


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ISBN 10: 0684850397 / ISBN 13: 9780684850399
Published by Scribner, [New York], 1999
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Small 4to. Red and grey paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 315pp. Near fine/near fine. A handsome and tight first edition of this thriller involving chemical weapons, Libya and the United States -- boldly signed by Harlow in black marker on the title page, where he also dates it "2-27-99.". Bookseller Inventory # 30734

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Title: Circle William

Publisher: Scribner, [New York]

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Two brothers -- one a presidential press secretary, the other a maverick captain on a Navy destroyer -- scramble to prevent a Libyan plot to use chemical weapons against Israel and the United States. Jim Schmidt is a master of spin. As White House press secretary, his job is to cajole, sweet-talk, and otherwise persuade the nation's most powerful journalists to play a story the way the White House wants it played. Jim's younger brother, Bill, is equally skillful, but in a different realm. He's the charismatic captain of the USS Winston Churchill, and he leads an able but rambunctious crew with a penchant for causing well-publicized "liberty incidents" around the Mediterranean. Both men instinctively understand their jobs, but more important, they understand power and how it works: He who controls the facts controls the response. So when the United States learns of a Libyan plot to drop a planeload of chemical weapons on the Israeli Knesset, the brothers -- thousands of miles apart -- unexpectedly find themselves working together to defuse the plan. Their first step is to set "Circle William," a Navy phrase meaning to prepare for chemical, germ, or nuclear attack. As Jim huddles with the country's top defense and intelligence officials to plot a viable strategy to prevent the strike, Bill, on the front lines of the crisis, prepares to implement the plan. Complicating their mission is the inconvenient presence of Sue O'Dell, a smart Washington Post Style reporter who wants to write a feature on the commander and his notorious ship. How the brothers counter the Libyan threat and how they spin the story make Circle William as much a story of international terrorism as a contemporary political thriller. Drawing from more than two decades of service in the U.S. Navy, his work inside the Pentagon, and from his tenure as an assistant White House press secretary, Bill Harlow combines the insider's detail of Primary Colors with the technical expertise of The Hunt for Red October. Circle William, as authentic and chilling as any news event, is an impressive debut by a writer with an intimate knowledge of the workings of Washington, the military, and international terrorism.

About the Author:

Captain Bill Harlow retired from the U.S. Navy in 1997, after twenty-five years of service, to become the chief of public affairs for the Central Intelligence Agency. He has served as the Navy's deputy spokesman in Europe, as special assistant to the secretary of the Navy, and as assistant White House press secretary for national security and foreign affairs. He lives in northern Virginia.

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