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Bill Harlow Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Circle William (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Biographical Books

At the Center of the Storm (With: George Tenet) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Political Books

Hard Measures (With: José A. Rodríguez Jr.) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great War of Our Time (With: Michael Morell) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Enhanced Interrogation (With: James E. Mitchell) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Bill Harlow is an author, Retired Navy Captain, and public relations specialist. He was born May 30, 1950, and both of his parents were veterans of the United States Navy.

He was the assistant Press Secretary in the White House for National Security and Foreign Affairs during the H.W. Bush and Reagan administrations. If any reporters had even a glimmer of a story, Harlow would help him get things right, while denying anything that was untrue. He was able to get his message across, and also gave reporters material they could use in their pieces.

He traveled around the world with two Presidents. He assisted setting up summit meetings and dealt with the media interest on some highly newsworthy events from modern times, such as: first Gulf War and communism’s fall.

He retired from the United States Navy after 25 years, with the rank of captain in the year 1997. After this, he started working for the CIA, as a chief of public affairs, which he stopped doing in the year 2004. While in this post with the CIA, he dealt with both international and national news media on during some of the most sensitive operations and issues of the US government. He worked as a coordinator for all of the public communications for the CIA’s director, and it was his responsibility for all of the employee communications for all of the agency’s workforce around the world.

Starting in August of 2004, he moved into private practice, and provided public relations advice to trade associations, government agencies, and some prominent figures of the public. From 2004 until 2009, he worked as a consultant for NBC News and made appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews (which airs on MSNBC) and NBC Nightly News.

With Fred Francis (who was once a senior correspondent for NBC News), he co-founded in the year 2008, which is a firm that focuses on crisis communications and media training.

His first novel was published in the year 1999 and was called “Circle William”. Besides this book, Harlow has co-authored non-fiction books with other guys, who talk about their time with the CIA. All of these books are New York Times bestsellers, one of which went to number one.

“Circle William” is the first book, which was released in the year 1999. Jim Schmidt is a spin master. He is a White House press secretary, and his job includes: sweet-talking, cajoling, and pretty much persuade the most powerful journalists the nation has into playing the story the way the White House wants it to be. Bill (Jim’s little brother) is highly skillful as well, although in another realm. He is the captain of the USS Winston Churchill and is full of charisma. His crew is able yet rambunctious crew that has a knack for causing some highly publicized “liberty incidents” all over the Mediterranean.

Both men understand the ins and outs of their jobs, and they also understand power and the ways it works. They know that he who has control over the facts, controls what the response will be. The US hears about a Libyan plot to attack the Israeli Knesset with a planeful of chemical weapons. It makes the brothers work together, thousands of miles apart from each other, to stop the plan from being carried out.

Step one, is for them to initiate “Circle William”, which is a phrase the Navy uses to prepare for a nuclear, chemical, or germ attack. Jim gets the officials from the top defense and intelligence in the country to put together a viable defense to prevent this strike from happening. Bill, who is on the crisis’ front lines, and gets ready to implement the plan.

This is a riveting tale of suspense, and is a true page turner as well as giving a realistic glimpse of many political personalities as they manage crises. He gets the press right, the White House right, and the Navy right. Not to mention, it is simply a fun book to read. Fans of the novel feel Bill Harlow has penned quite the novel about some policy making at the highest levels of government as well as international intrigue. It offers the next best thing to actually working in the White House. Here is a wonderful, yet unique book, as it has two things most novels like it lack: a sense of humor and actual military experience.

“At the Center of the Storm” is the second book, which was released in the year 2007. Out of all the allegations and countercharges made after 9/11 and the war in Iraq, the is one guy’s testimony that is oddly not present. This book tells George Tenet’s time with the CIA, and takes a revealing look at the most important intelligence organization in the entire world and its inner workings. All while the most challenging times were happening during recent history.

“Hard Measures” is the third book, which was released in the year 2012. Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr. (who was born in Puerto Rico) served as an undercover officer for twenty-five years for the United States. He would bring all of his field knowledge to CIA’s Counterterrorism Center.

This book tells the story of one of the top undercover officers of America, and show that hard measures derailed terrorist activity against the U.S. And were able to save many American lives. Here are the undercover operations that took place while George W. Bush was president, and approved by the higher ups in the U. S. government.

The Great War of Our Time” is the fourth book, which was released in the year 2015. Here is a never before seen assessment of the CIA during the most remarkable time of the Agency, while it was at the front of the war against al-Qa’ida.

Michael Morell, who has been called the “Bob Gates from his generation”, tells this story. He was one of the top CIA officers that was witness to a lot of things, and was the only one present with President Bush on 9/11/01. Morell was also with President Obama on 5/1/11 when bin Laden was killed.

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