|Book Title:||Circle William|
|Started:||December 8, 2008|
|Finished:||December 13, 2008|
|Time to Read:||6 Days|
|Back Cover / Inside Flap:||"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.|
|Review:||This was a fabulous book - I can't begin without telling you that. It's a book about an institution - the Navy - by an insider of that same body. Although it was written almost 10 years before I read it, it could be set last month, last week, or tomorrow. Perfectly captures the essence of balancing political rings with the reality of military action. Just enough technical details thrown in to make the story feel real, without overwhelming the reader by making it too hard to understand. The characters are fantastically developed and the author shows his total grasp on the subject matter with every word he writes. My only rebuke is that although the reporter is a necessary evil to include - the ability of reporters overseas to make more complex already tough situations is well known - an element of romance need not be included. Stick to the intrigue...anything beyond closed doors can also stay off the pages. All in all, a must read for anyone who likes either political or military intrigue!|
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