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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership Hardcover – April 17, 2018
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“By far the most consequential book yet in the literature of the Trump presidency.” ―NPR
“A Higher Loyalty is the first big memoir by a key player in the alarming melodrama that is the Trump administration....Comey’s book fleshes out the testimony he gave before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017 with considerable emotional detail, and it showcases its author’s gift for narrative....Provides sharp sketches of key players in three presidential administrations....Comey is what Saul Bellow called a ‘first-class noticer.’” ―The New York Times
About the Author
On September 4, 2013, James 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 Department of 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.
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I can only imagine the "memos" he wrote! He has oh so many stories, some of them we know a little as were part of the news at one point or another. I finished the book maybe in 5 days?
I also realized that all the cristism he got from the press and newscasters for the orange comment was hot air. He does describe him as orange, but so he describes everyone else in each and every story. Thin, old, hair, pale, etc. I think they did not read the book at all.
I do recommend the book, and congratulate Comey for being such an entertaining writer. And i thank him for his service.
And Lordy, I hope there are tapes! :) and from all that is happening lately.. they probably exist!
The opening chapters of the book provide some important context for the book’s surreal conclusion. Comey talks about his childhood, about the early years of his career in law and in government service. He shares anecdotes about his family and his professional relationships. His role models were his bosses and mentors who guided him through his mistakes and recognized his potential. As a US attorney in New York, he prosecuted mob bosses. He learned about their customs and their behavior. All of this becomes germane later when he shares his observations of Donald Trump as president.
The book is written in a very clear and lucid style. Comey's narrative is easy to follow and for the most part humble and believable. He definitely faced more agonizing decisions during the late months of the presidential campaign than most people will face in a lifetime, mostly due to the imbroglio surrounding Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. And life didn’t get any easier once Trump took office. The closing chapters of the book stand out as an important telling of seminal events in US history. His meetings and interactions with the new president were carefully documented. Comey clearly sensed the darkness that had descended on the country, and he struggled with the dishonesty emanating daily from the White House.
Not everyone is going to like “A Higher Loyalty”. Loudly shouted down as “fake news” by Trump and his followers, the book isn’t a pick-me-up for devotees of the 45th president. But it’s an eye-opener for those who want a meticulously documented and credible perspective from a law enforcement professional who served under multiple presidents.
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In Scotland to "Trump" is when sound is released from the a $$hole, I think after reading towards the end of this book to "Trump" is very apt
Along the way, he has some interesting things to say about leadership and the need for public services to act transparently and ethically and to maintain public trust and credibility; he also gives insights into the workings of the American law enforcement and justice system, particularly in the upper echelons.
I am sure that, as it is autobiographical, his story is sanitised and he identifies that some claim that "....[he is] in love with [his] own righteousness, [his] own virtue." but, after making due allowance, Comey still comes across as being a decent, honest and honourable person, with a strong sense of duty and commitment to serving and protecting his country and its citizens; little wonder that, when he ran headfirst into his complete, absolute, total antithesis in Trump, it turned into a train crash.
One interesting point, which he does not labour but almost merely mentions in passing is that in interaction with Trump, Trump talks and the other party has to listen, hardly being allowed to speak and, if they do, not being listened to; in the next interaction, Trump starts from the position that everything he said last time has been accepted and agreed to, unequivocally, by the other party; this could be why Trump and other people (Kim of the DPRK, for example) come away from a meeting both knowing something has been agreed but with very different ideas of what it was.
This is a very interesting read which, surprisingly, at times becomes a gripping page turner.
Comey is clearly the honourable man we saw give testimony to Congress. What you see is verified in this book as what you get.
A rarity in today's world of contrived images.
Well written, factual but not prosaic yet also without drama.