A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

by James Comey


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In his forthcoming book, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250192455
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 64,921
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

On September 4, 2013, James B. Comey was sworn in as the seventh Director of the FBI.

A Yonkers, New York native, Jim Comey attended the College of William and Mary and the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, Comey returned to New York and joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. There, he took on numerous crimes, most notably Organized Crime in the case of the United States v. John Gambino, et al. Afterwards, Comey became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted the high-profile case that followed the 1996 terrorist attack on the U.S. military’s Khobar Towers in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Comey returned to New York after 9/11 to become the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. At the end of 2003, he was tapped to be the Deputy Attorney General at the Departmentof Justice (DOJ) under then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and moved to the Washington, D.C. area.

Comey left DOJ in 2005 to serve as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its General Counsel. In early 2013, Comey became a Lecturer in Law, a Senior Research Scholar, and Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 9

Introduction 15

1 The Life 21

2 This Thing of Ours 36

3 The Bully 59

4 Meaning 77

5 The Easy Lie 92

6 On the Tracks 131

7 Confirmation Bias 173

8 In Hoover's Shadow 200

9 The Washington Listen 237

10 Roadkill 268

11 Speak or Conceal 318

12 Trump Tower 356

13 Tests of Loyalty 383

14 The Cloud 410

Epilogue 459

Acknowledgments 465

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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting memoir by ex-FBI director Comey. Sheds light on many of the news stories we've been hearing for months now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will say upfront I disliked Comey because of re-opening of the Clinton investigation days before the election. After his firing I heard more directly from him as a person and human being that interested me enough to read his story. His tale was beyond thought provoking - it resonated through to my very soul. I am richer I believe for it and I want to thank him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I may not agree with some of James Comey’s decisions, but he lays out an important history of the times we are living through. I can only thank him for speaking out. I find it difficult not to trust him, there is an unforced earnestness about the book. I get the sense that is just who he is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a world where it has become increasiingly difficult to identify or recognize the genuine attributes of heroism, I take comfort in the fact that Jim Comey exists. I am certain this is what a "hero" looks like. Thank you, Mr Comey, for the courage to stand for our highest ideals. For reminding us that, however short we may fall, it remains our most sacred duty that we strive relentlessly to become the human beings we so hope to become. (Your mother would be so very proud. In her absence i will have the audacity to speak on her behalf and further, on the behalf of every mother trying to sow the seeds of heroism in their children: "Thank you, Jim. Well done.")
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Regardless of content I give this book it’s rating because it’ll be though provoking. In today’s political arena, we all need fresh blood. So whatever you’re views & stances are any book that gets your hearts and imaginations going, maybe even to the extreme side of the spectrum, then it’s worth it. The idea of getting involved is more important to this country than any one idealistic viewpoint by itself. The concept of standing up for what you believe in is our country at it’s core. Read this book: don’t like it? Go do something. Love it? Then go do something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shows a leadership culture and is very insightful of how the federal bureau of investigation works. I have utmost respect for mr. Comey and his counterparts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enlightening. Scary times exposed but hope for the future explained by the "forest fire" comparison. Highly recommended reading.
Always_Reading20 More than 1 year ago
If you watch the news at all or read the 1 star reviews on that *other site* by people who appear not to have read the book you will be led to believe this is a book about Trump, and bashing him, or outing him as unfit in some way. Especially if you know that the RNC has gone out of their way to create a website just ahead of the book release for the sole purpose of Comey bashing. So let me bust that myth. This is not a book about Trump. There are no big jaw dropping Trump secrets here. This is a book about James Comey, from his early childhood until the here and now. Comey touches on childhood memories, being bullied, later on participating or at least turning a blind eye to bullyng himself. He speaks on his experience being home alone with his brother when the "Ramsey Rapist" broke into his house. He tells you how and why he decided to pursue law as a career instead of becoming a doctor. There are humorous anecdotes about his first job in the grocery store and yes some about his final days as FBI director. You do not have to be a fan of Comey or any of his decisions to enjoy this book. You may or may not be satisfied with his explanation of why he decided to make such public announcements on Hilary's emails, but that is a small part of this book. Personally I was not satisfied and he does admit that others may have handled it differently. If you are only looking for bombshells this book is not for you. By the time it gets to the visit to alert Trump to the salacious allegations the book is 70% over, because as I said this is not a book about Trump. Even if I do not agree with Comey's decisions to publicly give his opinion on one candidate while withholding the fact that there is an investigation surrounding the other even with the "classified info" that he says we still do not know about I was still able to enjoy this book. I agree with his assessment in the last televised interview he gave, that if Comey is an idiot he is at least an honest idiot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really is a fine book about the quality and integrity of being a successful leader. James Comey exemplifies integrity and courage. This is not a book about Trump it is a book about everything he is not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read. This book shows the importance of hearing both sides of a story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mr. Comey represents the very best of law enforcement and public servants everywhere. He spoke truth to the repulsive cheeto that passes for a president and will soon be able to rejoice with all thinking Americans when the orangish grifter is finally escorted away from DC to serve time for his many offenses. Then and only then will we never have to hear DT's name or voice again. What an enormous disappointment DT has been to his few remaining illiterate supporters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book! It's great to get a behind the scenes look at the FBI Director's logic and reasoning. It also showed the reality that the FBI office was dealing with as opposed to what was shown on the media that slanted both ways (left and right). You will be a better person if you read this book, abandon partisan thinking, and work soundly towards what is best for our country.
CritCareRN More than 1 year ago
I’m not a huge Comey fan. But; this book is a must read no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. History will not be kind to this president or his rabid supporters who ignore the rule of law and subvert our democracy and constitution. There are no winners in this scenario.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This memoir turned out to be a fascinating read. It centered more on Comey, his life, career and hard learned lessons, rather than focusing on our current president. I was pleasantly surprised by both his story and ability to tell it in a way that kept me turning each page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Depending on your view, either you would love or dislike the book. If your a Trump supporter, you wouldn't like this book if not a supporter, you would love it. For me, it explains a lot. Comey, to me was in a catch 22. Dawned if he did or dawned it he don't. Never was happy for what he did, but understandable. As got Trump, should be ashamed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is like many books that revolve around the 2016 election, a must read. Whatever party you belong to, we are living in a part of history that is so detrimental to America's future that we need to learn and understand. Look how people today still talk about Watergate. Whether you like James Comey or not, this book is another insight into what the 2016 and 2017 situation was crossing with dems and republicans but from the vantage point of the FBI. Do I think James Comey comes across as selfserving, no well no different than any other author or even the Trump himself. The book holds value and weight and to be taken as nothing but information from someone who was on the inside of everything that was going on. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book covered a lot of personnel and professional history. Held my interest, at times suprised me. At times, I think Comey was a little naive. Definetly a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sincere, very thoughtful and insightful. The values and dignity of this man shine through and provide much needed balance in this era of fake news and distortions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone with half a brain will quickly realize that James Comey strives to do the right thing, no matter the personal cost. What a tremendous example.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book turned my stomach. I attempted to read this book with an open mind. However, the more I read the more I became disturbed by this mans seditious nature. It is actually scary in many ways. Comey shows his narcissistic nature throughout this book. He is currently under investigation by two or more committees. Stay tuned America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honest and insightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative for those of us that feel we get lost in the media shuffle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hesitated to buy this book, being as inundated as we are with politics daily. Like anyone else, I already had my opinions. This book is so well written, so carefully detailed and forthcoming that it has the unmistakable ring of truth. I'm very glad to have purchased this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also read "The Art of the Deal". One book said "there is no such thing as ethics and lying is part of the game" the other book references Niebuhr. One of the authors stood in front of a group of Boy Scouts and intimated that being rich is what counts. The other auther said his job was to protect people and uphold the Constitution. This is a really good book and will probably be banned by conservative libertarian school boards.