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. 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
Branch Call Number: 921 COM
Characteristics: xii, 290 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 17, 2018

Worth reading, though not sure what/who he means when talking about "higher" loyalty.
Wanted to tell him; it's okay to believe in God as a "higher" loyalty to whom you'll be held accountable.

Jun 15, 2018

James Comey pats himself on the back for 275 pages.

Jun 15, 2018

I've had this book on hold for a very long time now and just when I reached near the top of the queue, it was revealed in the news (June 14, 2018) that Comey used a personal gmail account for FBI business. Therefore, I believe the book is a farce, he's a total hypocrite, and I'm not going to waste my time reading it after all.

Jun 12, 2018

I’ve thought about this book a lot since I read it. It should be looked at as more than a commentary on Trump, it should be read by leaders who are searching for moral leadership skills and how to get the best from employees. In fact, in progressive churches, it would make an interesting book study.

apollospacefan Jun 11, 2018

Surprisingly easy to read narration of a career in government. I didn't think Comey would tell so much of his history, but because he does so, it sets up his frame of mind and goals in government. His most famous, recent actions are easier to grasp because of this background knowledge.

Jun 10, 2018

Well written and a must read for anyone in a leadership capacity. Tremendous integrity in the face of adversity, a real hero for our times.

Jun 07, 2018

Ethics - Moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity. (According to www.dictionary.com)

James Comey has been in the political and pop culture spotlight for quite awhile. It's been easy for the outsided to tag him as "this" or "that," to be blamed or praised, depending on your world view and political bent. Here, in "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," Comey clarifies, stands by, and defends his life's work.

This book is billed as a viewpoint on leadership, but reads more like a memoir. There were several details that I had no idea about, and they very obviously shaped his moral compass and stance on the world.

What surprised me most was his inherent ability to write. The images he provides are sharp and vivid. You can see the oval office, FBI headquarters, and yes, President Trump's hands. He shares his mind space, and where it is when being confronted with the impossible position to tell the media about controversies. In essence, it's a pretty well written book.

On a personal note, if you read this book looking for the answers of why Comey acted the way he did in several situations, he does his best to share his own answers. But, if you're looking to be convinced that he's the "good" or "bad" guy, stick to your preferred biased media outlet. I don't believe that he wrote this book from any place but his own heart. And, surprise, he's a living person with complex thoughts. (Almost like he's human or something...)

mko123 Jun 07, 2018

This was a page-turner. When Comey was a teenager, there was a home break-in and he found the presence of mind to talk the burglar down, even as the burglar was holding a gun to his brother's head. This set the stage for his life in criminal justice. Comey takes you into the hospital room of John Ashcroft when he had to race the clock to keep Cheney's henchman from forcing Ashcroft to sign off on torture. He also takes you into his bizarre meetings with trump, all of which remind Comey of his dealings with the Mob. At the end I had to shake my head and wonder just how long the people in this country will tolerate Trump's self-dealing and contempt for decency.

Jun 04, 2018

How very bizarre - - I posted a link to Matt Taibbi's wonderfully acerbic and caustic book review of this - - and it has disappeared???????? So much for free speech and bibliocommons. . .
Let's recap: A former director of the legal attack arm of the US Chamber of Commerce - - the National Chamber Litigation Center, a former intern for a member of the Bush-Walker family, Judge John Walker, a former member of the world's largest hedge fund, a former director of the largest known drug money launderer, HSBC Holdings, a former chief counsel to Lockheed Martin, et cetera, et cetera. This is the dude appointed to lead the FBI? Because he removed Martha Stewart from the street for six months, making America sooo much safer????

Jun 03, 2018

After 15 pages on Comey’s early years and his experience involving his home being broken into by who he thought was a killer – ‘The Ramsey Rapist,’ there was about 75 pages on his education and his early jobs working in the private sector and for the US Government. Those pages were somewhat less interesting to me, but it did help define who he was and his relationships so-to-speak with then President George W. Bush and later Barack Obama. It also informed the reader about how a President should remain at arm’s length from the Head of the FBI. His comments on Barack Obama were respectful, and complimentary.

Then the book gets into his time as Director of the FBI, eventually his struggle with the two Hillary Clinton investigations, and his struggle to proceed, disclose or hideaway the second investigation if he could until after the election. It was a no win situation for Mr. Comey. This led to 5-6 months of meetings with the President Elect Donald Trump and then President Trump, a man who did not understand what was proper and simply wanted a puppet and he required personal and absolute loyalty, putting himself ahead of the American people.

Comey is simply the opposite too Trump. A man with a great love for his country, loyalty to truth, honesty, respect and ethical behaviour. My opinion of Trump was abysmal before I read this book, and this book does nothing to make one feel any better about this despicable bully.

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