A Higher Loyalty

A Higher Loyalty

Truth, Lies, and Leadership

Book - 2018
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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 an effective leader. Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history
Publisher: New York, NY : Flatiron Books, 2018
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250192455
1250192455
Characteristics: xii, 290 pages ; 25 cm

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ednabw
Oct 08, 2018

Extremely interesting read about Comey's background including growing up in a family that valued the law, social/community ethics and accepting responsibility for one's actions. He draws comparisons paralleling our current WH administration to that of his extensive experience working against Cosa Nostra. Although it may be overwhelming depressing for readers, Comey (remarkably) still has enough faith in the U.S. legal system to offer hope for the future.

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pokano
Oct 07, 2018

Fascinating read by the former FBI director who got fired by Trump even though the former's disclosure late in the 2016 Presidential campaign about newly discovered Hillary Clinton e-mails may have led to her defeat. I found the author's perceptions of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump particularly interesting and most likely accurate. It was also gratifying to read that Comey and others in the Justice Department (when he was there) found John Yoo's torture memo was totally wrong, which was my impression when I read it. Unfortunately,the Bush Administration refused to accept a revised torture memo that would have been legally correct. I was also glad to read Comey's account of the infamous incident when AG John Ashcroft was hospitalized with a severe case of pancreatitis yet White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and General Counsel Alberto Gonzales tried to get him to sign on to a surveillance program that the Justice Department had determined to be illegal. Worth reading for one participant's account of recent history.

tomato Oct 01, 2018

Madeleine Albright's "Fascism" and Bob Woodwards's "Fear" are far superior books, if one is looking for details, and dangers of, the Trump administration.

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libertytoday2003
Sep 11, 2018

A very disappointing book. What was left out of Comey's histrionic nonsense was any real facts he might have had on Trump. Instead all he devoted his time to was exonerating himself and his colleagues for botching Hillary's e-mail investigation, deliberately. Mueller could have indicted Hillary Clinton, Comey, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder and Barack H. Obama on a myriad of criminal actions from Hillary's e-mail fiasco to Fast & Furious to the assassination of Libya's leader to Benghazi aand beyond. Whenever Comey talked about Trump you could, or at least I could, feel the hatred this man had for the president elect at the time. His ill conceived notion to crap in Trump's cornflakes over the DNC faked up Steele Dossier should have seen Comey fired for incompetence. As a top lawmaker you deal in facts not suspicions, and you don't bring spurious fictions and suspicions to the president elect, that was just the highlight of this man's arrogance and ignorance. Hillary should have been indicted with a serious breach of State Department protocols, obstruction of justice, criminally ignoring the Benghazi calls for assistance, deaths of Ambassador Stevens and others, and her callous behaviour over what happened in Benghazi showed she had no ability in her position as Head of State, let alone to run for president of the United States. There was another legal fact that Comey failed to mention that Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin's former husband, had Hillary's classified e-mails on his laptop that could only be explained because Huma Abedin was her highest aid, so it was painfully obvious her e-mails were being seen by Abedin, which is another breach of security protocols because Abedin could never have been cleared security wise because she had Muslim Brotherhood members in her family. The MB is a listed terrorist organization and Obama himself had invited several MB members to visits at the White House, another serious breech of security protocols by the president. This Witch Hunt against Trump when there were very serious breeches of security by the DNC, Obama, Clinton and so on down the list should have at least warranted a Congressional investigation. But, all Comey and his criminal FBI cohorts at the top were whining about Trump and trying their best to undermine Trump's presidency even before he got started tells you a lot about the corruption of the security state by Obama's presidency. This book is just so much garbage like Hillary Clinton's book "What Happened!" While I don't believe that Trump is some kind of Messiah, any more than Obama was, at least he is trying to correct the problems of the last four terms of the presidency, that includes Bush who lied so outrageously about 9-11 and protected the real enemies of America with his fictious Al-Qaeda scenario.

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mutigers87
Sep 06, 2018

James Comey loves himself some James Comey. If they gave awards for inflated egos, Comey would win first prize. Comey is very good at patting himself on the back for everything, yet glosses over and ignores some of the biggest questions I had about his bumbling and fumbling of the Hillary investigation. This is pure, unadulterated pap, and fiction of the highest order. Comey ought to be embarrassed to have rushed this steaming pile of dung out there so quickly so he could make some money. Comey’s only loyalty is to James Comey. I would like back the six or seven hours of my life I spent reading this garbage.

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reillylives
Sep 04, 2018

A book about honor by a clown who has lied repeatedly under oath? Funny stuff!

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minak
Aug 24, 2018

I really enjoyed reading this book.
I hadn't heard about Comey and had no idea who he was till Oct 27, 2016 and I was outraged by his decision to announce reopening of Clinton's email investigation.
I am glad that I read his book and learned to respect him. I believe he is a decent man and he always tried to do the right thing.

singasong70 commented on Jun 17, 2018 “…not sure what/who he means when talking about "higher" loyalty…”
I believe he meant loyalty to one’s Country, Justice and Truth.

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becker
Aug 21, 2018

I'm not entirely sure what I think of James Comey. He seemed to work awfully hard in this book to convince the reader that he is genuine. So much so, that it almost had the opposite effect on me. Anyway, he tells some great stories in this book from his years of experience working for the American government. It seems that truth really is stranger than fiction. This is not a book that centers around the Trump issue although he does have 2 detailed chapters near the end of the book where he discusses Hilary's emails and his Trump experiences. I thought it was a very interesting and entertaining read.

VaughanPLDavidB Aug 07, 2018

Only the most devoted partisans of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will find fault with this book. At the time, I was critical of Comey for publicly announcing the re-opening of the e-mail investigation so close to election day. However, given the alternative of withholding that information, I can now see that that was the only course of action open to him. As for Trump, Comey's assessment of his character is spot on. I like his analogy of Trump's presidency as a forest fire. It's disastrous in the moment, but without it, new growth cannot emerge.

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159infines
Jul 30, 2018

Ever searched if Donald Trump ever laughed? Comey did and it goes like.

Dog- Art Arf

Trump- What was that? Was that a dog?

Spectator- Its Hillary!

Trump - ahaha it's Hilary

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Jul 23, 2018

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cbriggs
Jul 27, 2018

James Coney should look in the mirror

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