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....
|Title||:||A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership|
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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership Reviews
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 ...more
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
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
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 ...more
"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
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
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
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 ...more