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
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250192455
1250192455
Branch Call Number: 363.2509 Come
Characteristics: xii, 290 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Truth, lies, and leadership

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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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blue_dog_31717
Jul 23, 2018

Once you set aside facts and treat this book as realistic fiction, this book becomes a 10/10 stellar book. The characters are lively, and the stories show that Mr.Comey lived a existing life. But, once facts are taken into account and the book gets treated like a non-fiction one, the story becomes very different in my eyes, especially towards the end. I suggest that you take this book with a grain of salt. and fact-check every claim Mr.Comey makes.

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MikeHanafin
Jul 20, 2018

The former FBI Director and also former Assistant Attorney General gives his side to all the stories which dominated the news in 2016 (Hillary’s emails) and early 2017, before he was fired by the president—ostensibly for not being “loyal” to him. Comey compares that loyalty test to what happens in the mafia (great comparison, since trump is indeed the boss of a crime family). Comey admits he made some mistakes of judgement, but never wavered from his honesty, integrity, and dedication to his job and country. The irony is that Comey “devoted my life to serving institutions I love because they play no role in politics”, yet he and the FBI couldn’t avoid politics in 2016 and beyond. Comey is also a great judge of character--the last few chapters are spent carving the current president for his lack of intelligence, morals, empathy, ethics, humility, and most importantly—lack of respect for the truth. Great read.

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cbriggs
Jul 18, 2018

There’s a reason James Comey was fired

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firstlight
Jul 15, 2018

Very powerful book written in an insightful, down-to-earth style. A must-read!

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otafumigmailcom
Jul 10, 2018

very easy to read even as the second language in English. and contents was very surprising,
since I did not know the justice system in the State, it was very educational but most of all the present Presidency's craziness could keep going on.
as he mentioned this is just like forest-fire and we can expect good thing coming soon after

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ChrissScherer
Jul 08, 2018

This is a well-written account of Jim Comey's career and the events that led to him being fired as FBI Director. It's not a means to trash anyone. He expresses his opinions, but he also provides the reasoned grounds for that opinion.

Comey provides insight into his thoughts, his leadership style and his own moral compass. It's unfortunate he is no longer working as a public servant.

Several times, Comey makes a point by asking the reader to substitute another person taking the same action as Donald Trump. He asks, what if the same had been done by President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, or President Hillary Clinton? It becomes clear that the behavior and actions of the 45th president are not normal, and many are unethical.

Regardless of your political leanings, read this book with an open mind, and you will gain from your action.

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19531984Arcardio
Jul 07, 2018

this writer once was interviewed on NPR in 2018

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redtayres
Jul 05, 2018

Oddly, the parts of this book I liked least were the introduction and the ending. Everything in between was quite fascinating. Comey provides an interesting look into the different White House personalities he's worked with as well as an "inside baseball" recounting of how key issues were handled within each administration. I picked up this book expecting to learn even more about what went on with Trump but was rewarded by learning what also went on with Obama, Bush ("W"), and Cheney.

Lots of compelling stories you won't find elsewhere.

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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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Jul 23, 2018

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