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On March 16, 2018, just twenty-six hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for De ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Eric Allen
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book, mostly, because I felt sorry for McCabe being fired 26 hours before he was eligible to receive his full retirement benefits in a malicious, and spiteful attack by Donald Trump, and wanted to pitch in the cover price of the book to help him out. I make no secret of the fact that I absolutely despise Trump and wish many horrible things that it is currently illegal to voice aloud to befall him. But I don't go out and read every book that comes out about him. I don't need a book ...more
Bill Kerwin

Remember this old joke? “How boring is Al Gore? Al Gore is so boring that his Secret Service code name is ‘Al Gore’.” Well, Andrew McCabe is so boring that his code name requires a middle initial. Andrew McCabe’s code name must be “Andrew G. McCabe.”

Perhaps I’m not being fair. I learned valuable things from McCabe’s book, and enjoyed much of it too (particularly the parts about Mueller, Comey, and Trump). McCabe is a lucid, no-nonsense human being who writes lucid, no-nonsense prose, and his boo
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Maggie
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well Written, Credible and Scary as Hell

I wanted to read this book. I don't know much about the inner workings of the FBI and I knew this would explain a lot. It tells McCabe's own personal story and tells us just how the FBI works.
The tall tales that trump tells about Mueller, Comey and McCabe are refuted easily by this book. Knowing about the people who work there and the way they do things you will find that the idea of three Republican career FBI men being involved in a plot against the man
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Jean
This is a memoir of McCabe’s time in the FBI. He provided a great deal of information about the inner workings of the FBI. I found that part of the book most enlighting. The information he provided about Trump and his administration was similar to materials provided by many other authors. I found the discussion about Attorney General Sessions disturbing. It appears the questioning by Senator Kamala Harris revealed more than we understood at the time. I found McCabe was a bit light in some sectio ...more
H.M. Ada
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In late 2015, I read an article about how a securities analyst reported that Trump's Taj Mahal casino was headed for financial trouble, and how Trump leaned on his contacts to get that analyst fired. Not long after, the Taj went bankrupt, harming investors, contractors, and workers. The article asked if Trump was really the type of person that we wanted to be president.

Fast forward to March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before McCabe's scheduled retirement from the FBI after more than two decades of s
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Scott
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Fidelity. Bravery. Integrity." -- the Federal Bureau of Investigation motto

McCabe, a former deputy director (2016-2018) and acting director (summer 2017) of the FBI, was - in his words, not mine - a rarity in that investigatory / field agents do not often ascend to the 'top spot' in this historical agency. (Louis Freeh, the director who served during the Clinton presidency, was a notable exception.) As such, McCabe's biographical section of this book make for interesting reading. He was ass
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Mehrsa
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I said I was going to stop reading these Trump-era memoirs, but I lied. I'm glad because this one is a good one. Mostly because it's not really about Trump--well it is about Trump, but that's not the most interesting part. It was fascinating to get some more perspective into the mind of an FBI career person. McCabe seems like a humorless and totally upstanding guy. I really liked his explanations of the post 9/11 FBI frantically following every random tip.

The parts about Trump are also pretty i
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Lorna
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump is a very well-written memoir by Andrew McCabe relating his lifelong history and career with the FBI, culminating in his firing by Donald Trump less than twenty-six hours before his planned retirement. This is a personal story, not only of McCabe's career but of the FBI and of its integrity and independence in protecting America and fighting to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. Andrew McCabe is a true ...more
John Bordeaux
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Important background for what’s next

Good, short overview regarding some recent history of interest. More tales of decent people, trying to do the right thing. Chewed over by, and spit from, the maw of today’s political reality show.
Bettie
McCabe concerned about 'unfair treatment' after book release delayed by FBI

Former assistant director of the FBI Frank Figliuzzi, former US attorney Chuck Rosenberg, former federal prosecutor Paul Butler, The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein, and NBC’s Carol Lee on former Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe’s new tell all that gives insight into Rod Rosenstein’s memo on the firing of James Comey
Feb. 8, 2019
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Donald Powell
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, government
A very good explanation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and how it works. This was a limited insight into the players and events of the investigation into the Trump campaign. He also describes the Clinton Benghazi and email investigations and the Boston Marathon horror. It is well written and addresses philosophies and principles which needed to be recorded for history. It is fun to read a history book of events which have just transpired. I recommend this book to everyone.
Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
The purpose of the FBI is not to support one side. The purpose of the FBI is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution. — Andrew G. McCabe, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
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Andrew G. McCabe’s “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump” is an insightful, revealing, and an important book at a crucial time in our history. Bit tedious & dry at times, but his credibility, integrity, and professionalism in subject m
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Jean
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump . Andrew G. McCabe, veteran more than 20 years in the FBI, has published his story of some of his most challenging times as a Special Agent, Deputy Director, and Acting Director of America’s domestic intelligence and security service. He recounts his training at Quantico followed by his first assignment in New York on the Organized Crime Task Force in 1996, where, ironically, he hunted members of the Russian mob. I say, “ ...more
Rian Davis
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe has written book that has three parts: One that focuses on his career, another how the FBI operates in a post-911 world and why he thinks our democratic system is under threat both from within and without. After reading this book I agree with him on the third point.

First, the career. McCabe talks about how he started wanting to work for the FBI despite getting a pay cut from his private practice and the sacrifices he made. He t
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SC
Feb 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
So McCabe comes out on national TV and admits that he was part of an organized coup to overthrow the President of the United States. How is it that people can continue to swallow this Deep State propaganda? The Threat is real and it is the author of this book and his fellow three-letter agency goons.
Louise
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Andrew McCabe tells the story of his career at the FBI. He starts with the training agents receive and how his first days and cases played out. He concludes with his very public dismissal. From his experiences you learn how the FBI works from the 302s to the investigatory procedures.

As McCabe moves up the ladder from an agent investigating Russian protection rackets to being Deputy Director (then briefly, but importantly, Acting Director) he explains how the FBI works from the importance of pap
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Dey Martin
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
A three star book with a five bell warning. A warning that the sitting president ‘s behavior is effectively tearing our nation apart by slandering that which threatens his position of power - be it the FBI, Congress, the Judiciary, or the media. Former acting director of the FBI McCabe who worked and traveled as right hand to both Robert Muller and James Comey was tasked as an FBI agent to bring down Russian organized crime in New York is responsible for heroically establishing the special couns ...more
Thomas Wilson
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book read like a page turner. It was great to learn all the background processes that go into FBI investigations. TV shows don't really tell all the truth. McCabe was also an excellent writer. Often government officials need help with that. Apparently he didn't.
I was particularly struck by his descriptions of the confusion and lack of decorum he experience when dealing with Sessions and Trump. The little schoolboy chairs that Trump had set up in front of his desk for people to sit in. The wh
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Karen
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was an interesting listen. Even aside from the Trump & Russia related revelations, McCabe's FBI career was fascinating. Recommended. ...more
Kressel Housman
I didn't plan for McCabe's book to be next in my exploration of how democracy is declining throughout the world, but it was on the "brand new release" shelf at my public library, so I grabbed it. I thought my next read would be one of the recommendations on the "Gaslit Nation" podcast. That's significant because the hosts of that podcast are more distrustful of American institutions than any other podcasters I listen to. They are not alleging, as Trump does, that there's a "deep state" out to ge ...more
Carey Nelson
Things I knew about the FBI:

1: The FBI is like the CIA but different.
2: They are both usually the bad guys in movies, right?

Things I learned about the FBI after reading Jim Comey's memoir, A Higher Loyalty:

1: J Edgar Hoover thought he was the man and started the FBI and was the longest serving Director.
2: The FBI is a nonpartisan government agency.
3: FBI agents are fit, smart, come in all shapes and sizes, work long hours, and don't get paid "much."
4: The FBI's mission is to uphold the Constitut
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Lynn
4.5 stars.
A well written book about Andrew McCabe’s rise, fall and eventual firing from the FBI 28 hours before he was set to retire (literally on Trumped up charges.)
He goes into the history of the FBI, its mission and how the agents solve crimes. The book is especially interesting when he covers Benghazi, the Boston Marathon bombing and the Mueller investigation. Throughout the book he stresses several times that the FBI’s only loyalty is to the American people and the Constitution. He worked
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Phil
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Combination career retrospective, manifesto about the FBI's value, and rebuttal to Donald Trump's smears. McCabe comes off as levelheaded and principled; this is as much FBI inner-workings as it is the personal and professional trials brought on by the current administration. One of the better Trump-related tell-alls, it left me encouraged that the institutions of democracy, the FBI in particular, will prevail for us all.
Charles
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Defense of the FBI, Criticism of Trump, Concern for Country

All through my childhood the FBI could do no wrong. Then in adulthood I, like many, developed a more nuanced view of the FBI, based upon J. Edgar Hoover’s unwarranted investigations of Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders. After Hoover, there was a more critical examination of the way the FBI’s resources were allocated and the agency’s priorities in protecting society. In general, though, the view of most Republicans and con
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Nick Smith
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After I checked out this book at the library, I kept hearing people on TV saying things like this:

"Andrew McCabe's new book, which doesn't come out until Tuesday..."

And so, I thought, wait - I have this book in my hands. It's here. So - did I get a copy of the book BEFORE the release date? And as I heard more talking heads confirming that it "doesn't come out until Tuesday," I simply counted myself lucky that I had a chance to read it!

And I wasn't disappointed. McCabe uses this book to explain w
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Dave
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is clear, concise, interesting, and important to all Americans. I highly recommend it! Andrew McCabe writes about his career with the FBI, how the FBI functions today (particularly with regard to anti-terrorism), and most importantly-his experiences since the election of Donald Trump. With ample facts and justification, he is highly critical of the behavior of Donald J. Trump.
The critics of McCabe and his book will deny his story and work to undermine his character. I think the most c
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Misfit
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Be afraid, be very afraid. But good for McCabe writing this. Kind of spoilerish, but something that happened when Rosenstein and McCabe met with the Gang of Eight in May 2017:

(view spoiler)
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Sandra
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished. This is by far the best book I’ve read of this milieu! It rings of authenticity. Very heartening to hear the story of someone who didn’t get sullied by working beside the vicious, mean spirited filth of the Trump administration. Must read for Americans who care about what this country stands for (even when we’ve failed miserably at it at times.)
Nadia
Jul 21, 2019 added it
I can't yet tell if listening to McCabe's account of his time in the FBI before and during the Trump presidency was enjoyable or if it fed my frustration. Insightful and well written and, notably, non partisan.

[Audio Version]
HR-ML
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
McCabe spoke of his FBI jobs in various capacities in-
cluding Deputy Director+Acting Director. He reviewed
the FBI investigation process. I gave this book 3.5 stars.

McCabe believed in personal & institutional integrity. He
favored building a rapport w/ a perp rather than torturing
him/ her to gain info or names of other perps in his/ her
network. "The Threat" was US residents or foreigners
infiltrating our US communication, monetary, transport-
ation, political/other systems in order to harm Ame
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Andrew G. McCabe served as deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from February 2016 to January 2018.

He began his career at the FBI in 1996, working first as a street agent on the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force, and eventually as its supervisor. Later, he led the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, the National Security Branch, and the Washington Field Office, and was the first
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