|USS WINSTON CHURCHILL was launched at
Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME, on April 17th. The ship that plays a major role in Circle William was christened by Lady Mary Churchill
Soames, Winston Churchill's youngest and only surviving child. Janet Langhart Cohen,
the wife of Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, acted as a co-sponsor. Come to
the Launch Ceremony for more about the sponsors and the ship.
PH3 Tim Altevogt
|Circle William author,
Bill Harlow, attended the traditional Navy ceremony along with several thousand visitors
including the Secretary of Defense and his equivalent number, the UK's Minister of
Defence, George Robertson. Appropriately, Secretary Cohen presented Minister of
Defence Robertson with a copy of Circle William.
read more background stories on the ceremony and the ship see:
BBC Report: "Churchill
the destroyer" April 17, 1999
Navy christens guided missile destroyer Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81)
CNN Reporting: Launch
of the USS WINSTON CHURCHILL April 17, 1999
honors historic leader" Portland Herald Press Wednesday,
April 14, 1999
NEW AND FAMILIAR FACES IN THE SUSPENSE FILE
By Bill Roach
"The debut by retired Navy Capt. Bill Harlow is an impressive one....Harlow writes
with an easy, familiar style, obviously at home in the Navy as well as the higher levels
Post In the Loop Column "No Bull" by Al Kamen
Friday, March 5, 1999; Page A31
Novel Idea--original on-line sub-heading
Reagan launched Clancy, Clinton does Harlow --print edition sub-heading
"White House press secretary Joe Lockhart .... found a copy of CIA public affairs
chief Bill Harlow's new Navy/political thriller, "Circle William," on the couch
[on Air Force One], along with a note from President Clinton.....Clinton said it was
really good and that Lockhart would like it even more because it has a press secretary as
one of the heroes. Must be good, since Presidents George Bush and Jimmy Carter, both
former Navy officers, have read it."
"The novel is already in its second printing. Is Hollywood far behind?"
Times Reports the Circle William Book Party from Feb 17,
Party Lines: people, places and politics
[the] Air Force One flight home from the funeral of Jordan's King Hussein....curled up
with a copy of Circle William, the hot new novel by Bill Harlow, the public
affairs director of the CIA.
"At least, that was the story being told among 100 people, including senior military
and intelligence officials... attended a book party for Mr. Harlow Thursday at the Navy
Memorial's Heritage Center.
|"During the evening, guests listened to a
telephone call broadcast over loudspeakers from CIA Director George Tenet...
"Mr. Tenet noted how workers at the CIA call his low-key spokesman
'80 over 60' because his blood pressure never seems to get very high despite various
| "The author told the guests, who
purchased more than 100 copies of the thriller, that Circle William
is peopled with characters who are 'vain, venal and goofy.'
"'I want to assure everyone that none of them are based on any people in this
room,' he joked.
"Friends of the author who attended included Bush administration National
Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and former Navy secretaries Sean
O'Keefe and John Dalton. Bob Woodward of The Washington
Post was there along with a bevy of Washington reporters."
Energy from New York, Democrats eye
L.A., Secret Service ingenuity, the new Tom Clancy BY PAUL BEDARD
There's a new Tom Clancy in town. He's Bill Harlow, author of a
political-military thriller, Circle William. It's the story of a White House press
secretary and his brother, a troublesome Navy destroyer captain, and their attempt to save
the nation from a Libyan chemical assault. So what's unusual here? Harlow, a retired Navy
captain, is the CIA's spokesman and a former White House national security aidea
r�sum� that helped salt his book with insider details, so much so that Hollywood is
reviewing it. It will be out in February.
From Publisher's Weekly (December 1998)
"Harlow crafts a clever, well-plotted debut
Harlow expertly sets up the perfect ruse
. naval scenes vie with the White
House settings for authenticity
. The plot takes several interesting turns before
racing to a suspenseful climax.
Harlow offers a chipper, spirited first effort that
augurs well for a new career."