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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

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Former FBI Director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes ...more
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 290 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Flatiron Books
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Deb M. "Fire and Fury" was written by a hack. "A Higher Loyalty" is thought provoking and the author is willing to expose himself to potentially harsh critic…more"Fire and Fury" was written by a hack. "A Higher Loyalty" is thought provoking and the author is willing to expose himself to potentially harsh criticism. James Comey writes with an open honesty seldom found in the political arena in this day and age.(less)
Margaret His dilemma lay in that he had to take each instance separately. Ongoing vs closed. Hillary's emails were directly her. Trump was not the direct subje…moreHis dilemma lay in that he had to take each instance separately. Ongoing vs closed. Hillary's emails were directly her. Trump was not the direct subject of the investigation at that time. He couldn't play tit for tat. Each situation had different lawful implications. The FBI is required to uphold the law as it is written, not as they would have it be. It totally sucks that the outcome was what it was, but he was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. (less)

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Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
As anticipated, this is a difficult book to review. In fact, I was in two minds about even reading it, though I am not unhappy that I did. On the one hand, I do feel I know Comey better and that he is, in many ways, a good, stand-up sort of guy (which he reiterates in every conceivable way throughout the book, mind you). He has had his struggles and personal tragedies, and he gives himself a far more human face, when before I knew so little about him beyond his questionable actions. An aspect I ...more
Stephanie *Eff your feelings*
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, politics
Oh.... this is going to make a certain *president further soil himself. Heh heh.

More popcorn please!

*fake, illegitimate, criminal president
Will Byrnes
All bullies are largely the same. They threaten the weak to feed some insecurity that rages inside them. I know. I’ve seen it up close.
James Comey is a lawyer, and in A Higher Loyalty he has presented a case to the jury of American public opinion. He lays out the steps of his interactions with Swamp Thing, from introduction to long-distance buh-bye. This is what happened, here, here, and there, on this, this, and that dates. This is what was said. This is what I understood those words to me
Bill Kerwin
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

There are two things every reader should know about James Comey and his book. First, whatever your politics, whatever you may think of his decisions, Comey is a fine writer who has written an excellent book about leaders and leadership, a superb story teller with a knack for bringing his object lessons to life. Second, however much MSNBC you watch, however much of The Times and The Post you have read in the last year, you will still find stories here—good stories—that you have not heard before.

Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring. Can I just say that with all the many expectations I brought to the reading of this book, being inspired was not one of them. Yet, here I am. Inspired.

I vehemently disliked James Comey over the Hillary Clinton email debacle. Now I realize that I was unfair. I didn’t know the truth. I didn’t know all the facts. I try so hard to always look at things from other viewpoints. I failed. I thought myself righteous in my outrage. Truly, James Comey chose the only honorable path. It was a terr
Apr 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
I have written to the publisher to ask whether they would like to send me a review copy of this book. If they do, I'll read it, but I'm not keen on giving money to the guy who probably made Trump president by reigniting the Hillary email server issue just before the 2016 election.

Trump first said he'd fired Comey because of his actions here. From a certain point of view this was quite reasonable, except that it is of course strange to fire someone for fixing an election in your favour. But then
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Superb. One may not agree with all of Comey’s decisions, but this book shows the rigor of his thinking and it’s hard to assail. The astonishing thing is that much of his life, in addition to the law, has involved the study of what constitutes optimal leadership. He’s thought long and hard about it. Throughout the book he recounts examples of leadership that impressed him from a very young age and throughout life. From this long consideration he determines that T hasn’t the slightest clue about w ...more
Diane S ☔
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I knew little about James Comey, the ex-FBI director, before he was brought to my attention and I'm sure many of yours, after being fired by Trump. Not so much fired as ambushed, since Trump didn't even have the decency to let him know he had been fired . Comey saw it on the TV while giving a speech to s group of people he was trying to recruit for his service. He found out the same time we the public did. Unconsciousable!

This book describes Comeys life, his many years in the public eye, service
Elyse  Walters
Audiobook... read by James Comey

Because I listened to James Comey talk about this book on network TV, - mostly the political aspects- the night before it’s release date- I thought I had a good idea of what to expect. Plus... I had already respected this man - and believed what he said that night.

Yet, this book surpassed my expectations- and then some. I had no idea it would also be so personal.
Paul and I were completely floored- frightened- mouths dropped opened- ( as unbelievable) when Comey
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I assert my right to call this a #realreview

With three interrelated books about the current POTUS sitting on my TBR shelf, I chose to read and review them back to back, looking for insight into the man and some of his more recent activities. Admittedly, they do not constitute a formal biographical image of Donald Trump, but do they ever paint an interesting picture to allow me to create my own biographical narrative! Calling these non-fiction pieces the ‘Trump Trifecta’, they have served me well
I see many so-called conservative commentators, including some faith leaders, focusing on favorable policy initiatives or court appointments to justify their acceptance of this damage, while deemphasizing the impact of this president on basic norms and ethics. That strikes me as both hypocritical and morally wrong.

Okay. *sips coffee*

This book is not a Trump-bashing book. Or maybe it is the most Trump-bashing book... depending on how you read it.

Michael Wolff's book is a salacious, gossipy, tell-
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
Let me start by saying that I hate James Comey for reopening the Clinton email investigation a week before the election, no matter what his explanation is. I believe that played a role in the victory of Trump and the related destruction of America. That being said, I found this book to be an interesting glimpse into the interaction of various parts of government. Further, I believe that Comey, on his worst day, has more integrity than Trump, his cabinet, his family and everyone he has appointed ...more

Description: In this book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the p

”We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country, with a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized, and unethical behavior is ignored, excused, or rewarded.”

James Comey, former FBI director, former U.S. attorney general for the Southern District of New York, former U.S. deputy attorney general during President G.W. Bush’s administration, former prosecutor of Martha Stewart, and the Mafia. A man who most of the general publ
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Former FBI Director James Comey became a household name during the run-up to the 2016 election, for the way he handled the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation. Later, Comey became even more famous when he declined to be 'persuaded' by Donald Trump, who wanted NO INVESTIGATION into charges of collusion between Trump's election team and Russia. When Comey refused to kowtow to Trump's demands he was abruptly and publicly fired. Of course this didn't do Trump much good, since Robert Mueller was app
Betsy Robinson
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
James Comey is a very good writer, storyteller, and teacher, so on a literary level (except for one odd plot order choice—the highly dramatic John Ashcroft hospital showdown between Comey and Bush representatives—which I suspect has to do with the need to insert a ton of detailed background information), this book works.

Comey is a man who is in love with the law and justice and has a loathing of bullies. He is a student and practitioner of ethical leadership—which is really the topic of this boo
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I'm honestly shocked that some of you haven't figured out my political affiliation by this point since I try to be pretty open about it, but yes, I am a liberal (I mean, I live in SF, for god's sake, LOL). And yes, I like to read left-leaning/political books. Seems like this should be pretty common sense and I don't think I'm particularly inflammatory, but literally every time I pick up a book about politics or feminism, a bunch of peopl
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
First and foremost: this review will not have political opinions.

I actually don’t comment on politics or religion (even when asked to do so) because I find both subjects tend to just start arguments, and as a non-confrontational person, it is not my forte. Plus I don’t get involved in debates or deep conversations about things I know very little about, which politics falls right into. But I was drawn into reading this book in order to read about some of the high profile cases Comey was involved
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Over a year after the IG Report, the Justice Department found no reason to initiate prosecution of James Comey.

RESPONDING TO THE IG REPORT JUNE 2018: "Comey said he welcomed the report, regardless of the pounding he took in it. “I respect the DOJ IG office, which is why I urged them to do this review,” he said on Twitter. “The conclusions are reasonable, even though I disagree with some.”

“The report also resoundingly demonstrates that there was no prosecu
First off, five stars for this excellently written book. It was one of those memoirs that I started reading and did not stop until the very last word.
Dishonest leaders have the same ability to shape a culture, by showing their people dishonesty, corruption, and deception. A commitment to integrity and a higher loyalty to truth are what separate the ethical leader from those who just happen to occupy leadership roles. We cannot ignore the difference.

I spent a lot of time thinking about the ti
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here's a sentence I never thought I'd say: I kinda like James Comey now.

"A Higher Loyalty" has some good stories about the former FBI director's interactions with Donald Trump, but the bulk of the book is Comey's experiences with managers he's admired and what it takes to be a good leader. (Spoiler alert: the case is made that Trump is a TERRIBLE leader.)

This is a fast read and I finished it in a day. I would recommend it to those who want to read the firsthand details of the Trump and Comey dra
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'll start with a spoiler alert. Despite the overblown commentary from newscasters and the president's outrage, the fact is that James Comey's book has only 277 pages of which the first 210 (76%) do not deal with Donald Trump. Rather, they are a sanctimonious autobiography of sorts, clearly intended to gain the reader's sympathy and respect before delving into his attempt to justify his last-minute announcement about material discovered on Anthony Weiner's computer, an announcement which may wel ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-3
This was definitely an interesting read.

Susan Williams
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be Fearless: Read this Book

I try to think of other nonfiction books deserving of five stars. I can think of a number of scholarly histories: David Cecil's two-volume biography of Lord Melbourne, anything written by Winston Churchill. But Comey's personal history that is a proper history, nevertheless, is in a different class. His narrative, well written as so few are these days, is painstakingly candid. The quality of his writing, the reaches of his candor meant I couldn't put down the book unti
Connie G
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
"A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership" is a very readable memoir of events that molded James Coney's views on leadership, public service, and ethics. A confrontation with an armed robber as a teenager sparked his interest in justice. Studying the works of the philosopher and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr made him reflect on how he could make a difference, and he applied to law school. He writes about working as an assistant US attorney on cases involving the Mafia, the prosecution of Mart ...more
``Laurie Henderson
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sore-losers
What a whiny sore loser.
Five wonderful stars. I knew after watching Comey's congressional testimony that if he ever wrote a book, I would be interested in reading it. However, I was unprepared for what turned out to be an inspirational page turner.

I was lucky enough to obtain the book and cd book from the library on Saturday because I had got on the hold list for this some time ago. I wasn't sure the timing for this would be right, so I thought I would do a quick flick-through and in all likelihood table it for a more
I'll review later. I can't help liking Comey, but I also liked (the person) Neville Chamberlain. Both men allowed virtue to become a vice, however, and ended up as slightly absurd Greek characters in the tragedies of their day. ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Comey is an old-school "upstanding guy" and by the end of the book, he is eminently likable and trustworthy. I 100% believe him that he was just trying to do the right thing with the Clinton email investigation, but let's just say that mistakes were made. He's honest that he probably thought she would win. But he definitely also reveals that he was suspicious of her and the whole Clinton enterprise. He probably had reason to be. He does note the lone woman at the table during the FBI meetings wh ...more
Apr 14, 2018 marked it as to-be-considered  ·  review of another edition
Someone [name redacted for reaѕons of privacy] posted a couple of statements on Twitter the other day about the author of this here book. Since the book will be published three days from now, I assume, said individual received a pre-release or something that enabled him to express what seems like a sound appraisal. I think this is precisely what we need right now: Nuanced, well-formed, and factual assessments by intelligent and far-sighted individuals. I only hope James Comey responds in a simil ...more
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