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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LucasHill
May 21, 2018

Mostly a memoir about Comey's rather meteoric rise to become the director of the FBI under GWB, Clinton and Obama. Comey illustrates in rather florid language how he developed the difficult to believe high-mindedness and virtue he says he used to navigate the fraught issues which the FBI leadership deals on a daily basis. However, Comey doesn't get to the stories about Donald Trump for which we acquired the book until about the last third. At that point, readers are faced with two portraits of Comey: the difficult to conceive paragon of virtue and professionalism he illustrates, and the rather befuddled figure he showed to us during the time he served in the Trump presidency. This is definitely worth the read to understand what principled leadership is (at least in theory), but those readers who want to understand Comey's actions during the 2016 election cycle may be disappointed by a lack of simple answers--since there are none.

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jchenson
May 19, 2018

This book was certainly worth the wait. I really enjoyed Comey's dry sense of humour and was surprised at how humble he truly is. It was not a book about politics; as in which side is better than the other but his entire career revolved around politicians, people in authority and how he always sought to maintain a higher loyalty to his country and the constitution to maintain his equality and judgement. His writing style is a pleasure to read, for example: "In the time it took for the truth to get its boots on, false information had circled the earth many times". If you thought that was a reference to the current person in the White House you would be very wrong. Comey gives a factual history dating back to his child and teen years and gave focus to person's who demonstrated higher leadership and morality that left lasting impressions on him.

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brianwalsh1948
May 14, 2018

I really enjoyed the honesty, sincerity and integrity of this man who was put in an impossible position, by a lying and dishonorable President. Trump is trying to run the country like a reality show, where truth and integrity don't exist. I feel really bad for U.S. citizens who have to endure the remaining term of their President, who is an embarrassment to the rest of the world. Bravo to Comey for standing up to Trump and maintaining his dignity. Comey is also a very good writer.

DBRL_ReginaF May 09, 2018

I can't say that this book revealed anything "new" because the news is always breaking these days, but it did provide a much needed perspective. It also left me with a renewed respect for the FBI and James Comey and a renewed sense of hope.

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sayle
May 09, 2018

I suspected I wouldn’t be that interested in reading this book by the time my name finally rose to the top of the holds list. After all, Comey did that flurry of media interviews right as it came out, and surely we’ve already heard everything interesting he has to say. Ha, no. Turns out this book is a page turner. Comey is a darn good writer and no matter what your politics are, you will find he has an important story to tell.

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carolsonder
May 08, 2018

i really didn't know what to expect with this book. i was afraid it would be a bit on the boring side. boy was i wrong! very well written and wonderful to see Mr. Comey's sense of humor. if you are concerned at all (as everyone should be) about the state of our leadership in washington, this is a must read.

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cbriggs
May 07, 2018

I’ve been censored because I’ve a different opinion. Sorry I thought it was a democracy, the free exchange of opinions. Sorry everyone has a right in a democracy. We’re losing that everyone has to think the same. 1984-2018.

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lilypad_1
May 05, 2018

I have been anxiously awaiting this book and the inside story of this man's last year and a half. The first few chapters are a little slow but build a base for his methods of thinking and decision making. I still think his decision to announce re-opening an investigation a week before the election was wrong but I do think he was treated shabbily by Trump. The FBI is and should be separate from politics and parties and noone should have to wonder about that. It is a sobering look at how a President who wants to be a dictator acts.

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winston16
May 03, 2018

For anyone who cares about the state of our country and the future of democracy (and I hope that is everyone), A Higher Loyalty is a must-read. Trump hovers as a specter throughout the first 200 pages but it's not really about #45 until the last chapters of the book. Most of the book is about Comey's upbringing and some seminal experiences both personal (a hold-up) and professional (prosecuting the Mafia and heading up the FBI) that helped shape him. Comey is by no means perfect and many have taken issue with his actions during the campaign, but he comes across as honest. And that's the bottom line. James Comey may be flawed (which he admits) but when it comes down to who is being honest, Comey or #45, there is no contest. Comey wins, no contest at all.

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krsbozo
May 03, 2018

Well-written. Compelling. Honest. Self-serving? I liked it, and I find him believable, both in print, and during interviews.

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