A Higher Loyalty

A Higher Loyalty

Truth, Lies, and Leadership

Book - 2018 | First Edition
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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
ISBN: 9781250192455
1250192455
Branch Call Number: 363.2509 COMEY
Characteristics: xii, 290 pages ; 25 cm

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bibliotom Nov 06, 2018

James Comey is an admirable man, according to James Comey. But he admits that he struggles with an overweening self-confidence, which makes this choirboy self-portrait only slightly suspect. (The fact that he actually was a choirboy notwithstanding.) There's no doubt that Comey is a man of principles, and his story demonstrates how trying it can be to defend the truth in a political climate that has devalued principle in favor of party loyalty. The hint of self-satisfaction that permeates the book is perhaps an indication of its credibility. Comey's pride is not classified information.

The Trump stuff is so obvious that it's of little interest. It is painfully evident that Trump is a prolific liar whose loyalty extends to himself alone. There was no moral dilemma in facing down Trump. It was simply the honorable thing to do, and any honorable FBI Director would have done it regardless of party affiliation. The Clinton email investigation is another matter because Comey did not need to disclose the fact that the investigation had been reopened, after an initial finding of no wrongdoing, days before the election. Comey is forthright about the dilemma he faced in doing this, and he believes he was justified in disclosing it. But he struggles with his defense, which is what makes his account interesting.

Only good and decent people question themselves like this, and it's refreshing to see someone at the pinnacle of government with this kind of decency. Comey is not blind to his shortcomings, which is a stark contrast to what we see coming from the White House these days. Maybe I shouldnt feel so sentimental about common decency, but it's hard not to close the final chapter here without feeling a little wistful for honesty in politics, or at least in government. Hopefully, one day, we will see a return to it

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Oct 20, 2018

Whitewashed pig shit still smells. Comey continues to use memos from his earlier government gigs to whitewash all of the abuses he sanctified. The ACLU and other organizations have laid out his role in the Bush torture scandal but no one cares. These hard facts have vanished from the media radar screen. He could have condemned outrageous torture practices but instead approved them and wrote his famous memos to cover his derriere. He gave explicit approval for waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and wall slamming. In 2005 he approved each of 13 controversial extreme interrogation methods and is likely to go to his grave without paying any price for perpetuating appalling U.S. government abuses. It is important to recognize the profound danger that torture and the exoneration of torturers pose to the United States. “No free government can survive that is not based on the supremacy of the law,” is one of the mottoes chiseled into the façade of Justice Department headquarters. Unfortunately, politicians nowadays can choose which laws they obey and which laws they trample. And Americans are supposed to presume that we still have the rule of law as long as politicians and bureaucrats deny their crimes. A supreme waste of your time and the library’s resources.

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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.

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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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