A Higher Loyalty

A Higher Loyalty

Truth, Lies, and Leadership

eBook - 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] : Flatiron Books, 2018
ISBN: 9781250192462
1250192463
9781250192455
1250192455
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook

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Daniel_Heuer
Jul 03, 2019

I enjoyed this book very much. Comey goes into detail about his past life and work. In the book he also talks about the Clinton email investigation, his many meetings with president-elect Trump and President Trump, how he was fired, and much more. All in all I think this book is an amazing book and I feel that if you are wanting an inside to the white house or the FBI then this is the book for you.

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indirajane
May 15, 2019

Excellent read with an inside look at the times we are living through and a good view of the intersections of politics and the law in the American Justice system. Comey peppers his narrative with interesting details of his life and personal reflections on intelligence, judgment and integrity. Well worth the read.

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SLDESLIPPE
Apr 25, 2019

A surprisingly thoughtful, reflective series of personal anecdotes illustrating what Comey considers effective or poor leadership. More humble than I would have expected; he reflects on his own shortcomings over the years and what he learned from them. You can also hear him grapple with some serious ethical dilemmas he faced particularly in his last 2 years as FBI director and his rationale for why he made the decisions he made. At heart, Comey came off as a deeply committed civil servant who's primary concern was protecting the integrity of the institutions he represented.

Ultimately, a quick easy read for anyone interested in exploring and understanding what makes strong leadership.

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AQUILEA777
Mar 02, 2019

Comey's moral posturing fills much of the book. While others sin and fall short, he is steadfast in righteousness. Nevertheless he commits major deceptions and is strangely delusional.
--- Comey brags of his humility (waited in lunch line instead of cutting in front of underlings). Exalts political correctness: imposed King cult on FBI, upheld Ferguson rioters, denounced police racism. (Also blamed Black murderers, drawing rebuke from Obama.)
--- Addicted to junk-psychology, Comey rates others per insecurities shown by eye movements, laughter, etc. These trivialities mean more than statements and actions. (Trump sits at desk, thus insecure. Comey compulsively scanned archive video to see if Trump laughed.)
--- Comey told employees he knew their inner fears. He administered group therapy, made them divulge personal secrets, and ordered them to "love somebody." He says he treated them like children for their own good, and the demeaning experience raised morale. He says only an idiot would reject his belittling psychoanalysis.
--- Says FBI must monitor elected officials and bring them down when needed. Mere "politicians" have no right to question the Bureau's secret processes. Lying to FBI is worse than crimes of substance (especially when there are none). Says FBI cleverly elicits lies from target when has no case, then charges him with lying.
--- Says he had to jail Martha Stewart, but excused Hillary's rampant corruption (illegal server to cover $230,000,000 in payoffs, destruction of subpoenaed evidence). Admits he penned condonation before questioning her. Confirms that FBI leaders wanted Hillary to win. "Hundreds of thousands" of Hillary emails on laptop of child-endangering sex-fiend Anthony Weiner forced Comey's Oct, 2016, announcement, but a few days later he said they had all been miraculously read and were OK.
--- Comey also condoned Marc Rich pardon and Lois Lerner's abuse of Republican taxpayers. Says Loretta Lynch was so compromised, he feared FBI would be tainted. Worships Obama, but faults him for prematurely declaring Hillary innocent.
--- Opposed Bush domestic spying, but opposed encryption against Obama spying.
--- Condemns torture. (Wikipedia says he approved it in 2005. Most victims had merely resisted US invasions, or were falsely accused by bounty-hunters, or were rounded up entirely by chance. Few had acted against the US itself.)
--- Accepts destruction of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen by Bush & Obama as warranted per 9/11. WMD-fraud was merely "bad intelligence". (Did intel-expert Comey not know that Saddam, toothless in 1991 and under crushing sanctions, had NO effective weapons? Did moralist Comey not see that Iraq War was crime outweighing all the good that FBI had ever done? Hillary approved the War, Trump opposed it.)
--- Condones DNC/Hillary connivance vs Bernie. Condemns Russians for exposing it. (More likely leaked by murdered DNC worker Seth Rich; DNC refused to show FBI the "hacked" computer; Dems call Rich theory wild rightwing conspiracy talk. If something is unlikely but possible, Dems declare it a fact; if it IS likely but unproven, it's a crazy conspiracy theory.) Hillary won Dem nomination by coercing super-delegates who feared her vindictiveness, and by cheating Bernie. This corruption does not bother Comey: the problem was not Hillary's wrongdoing, but its exposure.)
----- CONTINUES under Audio entry at www.jocolibrary.org

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SmartyJo
Feb 14, 2019

A well written page-turner which provides insights on how our current chief executive "operates". As well as revealing Comey's thoughts behind several high-profile decisions he made, it also serves as a primer on effective and ethical leadership - what it does (and doesn't) look like.

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mesigirl3619
Feb 07, 2019

Explains how the congress and government work. My opinion; well done. Excellent for a reference and home library!

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cknightkc
Jan 28, 2019

James Comey shares his personal story in A HIGHER LOYALTY including key events, people, and cases that influenced his views on justice, fairness, and moral leadership. Comey’s writing is very honest, timely, and thought-provoking. I gained understanding and learned a lot about the former FBI Director. I can’t recommend this book enough.

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Acura19
Jan 25, 2019

Poorly written... he lacks accreditation

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Ky68RasK
Jan 25, 2019

A bit preachy at times, but always interesting.

Comey is Trump's polar opposite, not just when it comes to ethics: he overthinks everything, whereas Agent Orange thinks not at all.

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10000mefest
Jan 09, 2019

I really liked hearing the inside details from Comey's perspective--which was quite enlightening. I really appreciate his timely account of recent events as well as the details he included of his childhood and early career. I listened to the audio-book/CD version, it was great. Recommended.

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cknightkc
Jan 28, 2019

“Ethical leaders do not run from criticism, especially self-criticism, and they don’t hide from uncomfortable questions. They welcome them.” - Author’s Note

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cknightkc
Jan 28, 2019

“Doubt, I’ve learned, is wisdom. And the older I get, the less I know for certain. Those leaders who never think they are wrong, who never question their judgments or perspectives, are a danger to the organizations and people they lead. In some cases, they are a danger to the nation and the world.” - Author’s Note

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cbriggs
Jul 27, 2018

James Coney should look in the mirror

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Jul 23, 2018

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