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A higher loyalty : truth, lies, and leadership / James Comey.
Title Variants:
Truth, lies, and leadership

Truth, lies, & leadership
ISBN:
9781250192455
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Flatiron Books, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
xii, 290 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
The life -- This thing of ours -- The Bully -- Meaning -- The easy lie -- On the tracks -- Confirmation bias -- In Hoover's shadow -- The Washington listen -- Roadkill -- Speak or conceal -- Trump Tower -- Tests of loyalty -- The Cloud -- Epilogue.
Abstract:
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.
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Summary

In his 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 Trumpcampaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.


Author Notes

James Brien Comey Jr. was born in 1960 in New York. He is a lawyer who served as the seventh Director of the F. B. I. between 2013 and 2017. He started as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and moved up to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General in 2003. In 2005 Comey left the U.S. Department of Justice and became general counsel and senior vice-president of Lockhead Martin. He later moved on to general counsel at Bridgewater Associates and then to Senior Research Scholar at Columbia Law School.

President Barack Obama appointed Comey to the position of Director of the FBI in 2013. It was in this role that he oversaw the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email controversary. He was also in charge of the investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 Presidential Election. He was dismissed from his post on May 9, 2017 by President Donald Trump, possibly to ease the pressure Trump was under due to the Russia investigation.

In April 2018 James Comey released his book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. In his book Comey shares his never before told experiences from some of his high stakes situations of his career.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The ex-FBI director-whose firing by President Trump, over the FBI's investigation of Russian government interference in the 2016 election, sparked a furor-reopens that case and others in this piercing and candid memoir. Comey revisits conflicts between duty and politics under three presidents: as deputy attorney general, wrangling with the Bush White House over the legality of interrogation procedures such as waterboarding; in a dramatic scene, guarding the hospitalized attorney general John Ashcroft from White House officials' bedside efforts to reauthorize illegal surveillance programs; and overseeing the FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton's emails (he revisits and explains the actions that, it has been claimed, cost her the election). Comey mines his recollections for leadership lessons, with Barack Obama, whom he admires, furnishing the best examples. His damning portrait of Trump, on the other hand, is a study in unethical, off-putting anti-leadership: he likens Trump to a Mafia boss for pressuring him to show personal loyalty and drop the investigation of Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn, cringes at Trump's defensive and crass denials of claims that he consorted with Russian prostitutes, and "desperately tr[ies] to erase myself from the president's field of vision" at a gathering to avoid Trump's unpleasant schmoozing. This is a troubling and important account of the clash between power and justice. (April) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


New York Review of Books Review

Note to self By Gayle King. Read by a cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Jimmy AUDIO Carter and Chelsea Handler. (Simon & Schuster Audio.) King organized a parade of the famous, from John Lewis to Kermit the Frog, to write letters to their younger selves, offering the wisdom that age has won them - read by the equally famous, a higher loyalty By James Comey. Read by the author. (Macmillan Audio.) The former F.B.I. director reads his own memoir, recounting his now infamous battles with the president. miss subways By David Duchovny. Read by the author and Tea Leoni, with West Duchovny. (Macmillan Audio.) To record the audiobook version of his new novel, Duchovny enlisted the help of his wife and daughter, adding much warmth to the story of a woman whose quest for something more plays out against the backdrop of a technicolor New York City, the favorite sister By Jessica Knoll. Read by Ashlie Atkinson, Jenni Barber and Aja Naomi King. (Simon & Schuster Audio.) A new thriller by the author of "Luckiest Girl Alive" follows a group of backstabbing reality television stars who are so busy competing for social media fame that they don't see the fatal danger lurking in their future, tradition By Brendan Kiely. Read by Alex McKenna and Robbie Daymond. (Listening Library.) This young adult novel tells the story of a new student on a hockey scholarship to an elite prep school. There is sex, love and friendship, and the stumble to figure it all out. "I have a weakness for memoirs, especially those written by journalists. And there are few braver reporters than those who covered the civil rights movement. John N. Herbers was one of those newsmen, first for United Press International and then The New York Times. I have been reading his book, deep south dispatch, which is co-written with his daughter, Anne Farris Rosen. Herbers, who died in 2017, delivers a gripping and painfully vivid account of the mid-20thcentury South and the racial violence that many whites simply did not want to be told about in the pages of the newspaper or hear of on radio and television. But eventually, and thanks in part to activists and reporters such as Herbers, whites in the South and beyond could not turn away. Writing about the 1955 publicity around the trial of Emmett Till, Herbers writes: 'The public reaction to photographs of Till's beaten and bloated body was so visceral that Till may as well have been dangling from a tree on the courthouse lawn.' " - JONATHAN MARTIN, NATIONAL POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT, ON WHAT HE'S READING.


Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 The Lifep. 5
2 This Thing of Oursp. 15
3 The Bullyp. 29
4 Meaningp. 40
5 The Easy Liep. 50
6 On the Tracksp. 74
7 Confirmation Biasp. 100
8 In Hoover's Shadowp. 116
9 The Washington Listenp. 139
10 Roadkillp. 158
11 Speak or Concealp. 188
12 Trump Towerp. 211
13 Tests of Loyaltyp. 228
14 The Cloudp. 245
Epiloguep. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 279
Indexp. 281