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A Higher Loyalty

Narrated by: James Comey
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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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 US attorney for the Southern District of New York and the US 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 email 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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Brilliant

Read the book! Nothing more to say, other than that I could not stop listening.

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Fantastic!!!

I only wish I could give this six stars, an enlightening story of a deliberate, honourable thoughtful man

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RESPECT

An honest and enlightening look at Mr Comeys’ life and insight to the FBI and the WH administration.
I personally do not doubt a single word in this book and it gives me hope that there are others out there in the FBI like Mr Comey.
Well done and I have more respect for Mr Comey now than I did before.

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An educated and experienced perspective.

James Comey beautifully articulates the integrity and honesty he has applied in the life he has led, the career he has loved and the people he respects. Comey gives a clear and frank warning against the insidious slippery slope of indifference to a person in power who either doesn’t understand or doesn’t want to understand the role. A clear example of how a single misguided individual can abuse trust that’s taken generations to build and one bad actor to alter it beyond recognition. Good luck America, I hope the good men doing nothing will see the urgency in time to step up, step in and stop it while they still can.

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An eye opening listen, loved every minute

I had no idea how articulate and interesting Jame Comey is. This isn't just a book about Comey's relationship with Trump, but an in-depth and enlightening look at his life, family and the lessons he's learned along the way. His writing is fluent, and his voice addictive. And it's not all serious - Comey certainly has a great sense of humour. If you're looking for an honest, professional and beautifully written book, I wholeheartedly suggest 'A Higher Loyalty'.

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A must read.

Outstanding, insightful, heart breaking but also hopeful. I hope this book is read by those in power and position to make positive change. The world is watching.

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riveting

the best part of this was being narrated by the author - a truly honest man with integrity. a fascinating story from beginning to end.

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Excellent Insights into Ethical Leadership

This book should be required reading for anyone interested in leadership, politics, ethics and the foundational values that underpin our society. The anecdotes are clear, astounding and interesting. This book is a wonderful glimpse into the background dynamics of power in a highly topical setting. The author and narrator is personable, principled, candid and at times amusing with his asides. Truly excellent.

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Comey is an expert storyteller

Drawing on his days as a trial lawyer for the US Attorney's Office Comey weaves an entertaining account of his professional and personal life full of emotional beats and teachable moments.

His book is the counter balance to the accounts of former CIA Director George Tennant and former NSA Director Michael Hayden. All three were instrumental in the CIA's Rendition, Detention and Interrogation policy and the NSA's Stella Wind electronic surveillance programme.

If you're interested in this time in history then these three books should be read together. Comey and Hayden's books are captivating, Tennant's book is a little dry but factually interesting.

Comey makes his case for his handling of the Clinton email investigation which, when given his background, appears well steeped in logic and in keeping with his personal high moral compass. I don't agree with all of his decisions however I doubt any reasonable person could make the argument that he was a political hack motivated by partisanship.

Comey's description of his interactions with Donald Trump are very distributing if true - assuming you don't believe that the entire book is one elaborate lie (which would be difficult because everything else contained in his book is able to be corroborated).

Comey is blunt in his conclusion that the US President is unfit to lead a grocery store let alone the country.

Comey's book contains very few additional details about his interactions with Trump that weren't already publically available however his telling is well worth the price of this book.

In my mind this book is a must-read.

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Surprisingly readable.

I read this as something I felt that I "should" read rather than something I wanted to read, but I couldn't put it down. Surprisingly interesting and well written.

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  • Hanna
  • 19-04-2018

Packs a punch to the conscience...

I half expected this to be a superficial largely self-serving account of Mr Comey’s time as FBI director but found it to be a remarkable document on ethical leadership in public service.

There are in-depth accounts of events long past, most startlingly about the torture-memo time in the Bush era.

It’s a deeply personal and, to my mind, very up-front account about a life lived according to a strong ethical stance and wanting to be of service. He acknowledges personal and professional flaws not in a mea-culpa style but to reflect on how errors and flaws relate to good and bad leadership.

It is a searing and incredibly sharply drawn indictment of a president untethered from any ethical considerations, or sense of duty, and the danger this poses. Incredible achievement.

I’m getting the Kindle version as well as a hard copy, just to be able to underline important passages.

Weirdly, despite the alarming details of the current US administration, it somewhat restored my faith that maybe not everyone in power has ditched motions of truth and justice.

Everyone (including non-Americans like me) should read this before casting their next vote. Everyone aspiring to political office would do well to consider the arguments for truth set out here - your style and focus may be different but the larger ideals are hard to argue with.

Utterly compelling and incredibly well-written and delivered!

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  • MPH
  • 19-04-2018

There is a Sheriff in Town

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I grew up on American cowboy movies, where a "man" did what he had to do, and the good guys always won in the end. Up to when Donald Trump became President of the USA, that was the majority view in the world of what the people of America value and stood for. But, the "bad guys" have taken over, America has lost its place as a moral leader.

Good to see that there are still people who are prepared to put everything on the line and stand up for what they believe in.

Listen to the message in this book Americans, drain the swamp before it is too late.

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  • Marilyn Keegan
  • 22-04-2018

Trump exposed by a triumphant truth<br />

My first emotion on finishing this book was this: "When the 46th POTUS chooses incumbents, I hope Comey will accept his rightful place as leader of the FBI. "

Like others, I was not too sure why Comey had announced that Hillary Clinton's emails were going to be investigated at a critical moment. If you read this book you will understand that he had no better option and, more importantly, that the decision was not prompted by any political expediency.
Comey emerges from this book as a hero. He does not pretend to be perfect and like a true leader accepts his flaws...in fact he gets quite raw about them. It is also at times very funny and I laughed out loud at his descriptions of Trump literally stalking him.
Comey has a dry, intelligent humour. That he is a loving husband and father emerges from an unconscious sub-text. That makes it so human.

TV commentators and other media have, of necessity, cherry- picked content. Don't think you have an understanding of Comey's position by relying on these snippets. You need to read the whole book. And it is worth it. A damning indictment of Trump without using words as bullets. Now that takes a special kind of man: an honorable FBI man.

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  • Miguel Bernas
  • 23-04-2018

Read / Listen before you judge Jim Comey

What did you love best about A Higher Loyalty?

Before you feel the need to criticize this book, I urge you to read it first. All of it, not just the excerpts. The media sensationalizes what it covers in light of current events.
First of all, there are eleven chapters before it evens get to Trump. Most of it is an autobiography revealing his reflections on leadership and values.
Whetever you think of Comey right now, read it before you make your judgments about the man.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Some of the best parts are about the Bush -- not the Trump -- administration. The insight into what goes on at the highest levels of the US government is fascinating.

What does James Comey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing his voice speak in his own words assured me that the man is sincere and meant to do the right thing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Once started, it was difficult to put down.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-04-2018

Every story has three sides ...

In this well-written, edited and creditably narrated account, Comey gives Trump wary (and weary) readers insight into his motivations and machinations contributing to the most traumatising political era the world has experienced since Nazi Germany. Most compelling, however, is Comey's commentary on the values, traits and competencies of ethical leadership and how, as perfectly illustrated in his own controversial actions as FBI Director - actions which I think I now better understand but still deeply regret, these ideals can and do exist in flawed individuals who must make tough choices in impossible circumstances. He also reminds us of the absolute peril of partisan tribalism and willingness to abandon integrity in pursuit of narrow self-interest and greed. Happy the book ends on a hopeful note. 5 Stars.

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  • Allen
  • 20-04-2018

Not what I expected

A well told narative highlighting what is wrong with American politics.
Definitely worth the read/listen.

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  • Kaustav Chakravarthy
  • 04-05-2018

A great read!

Surprisingly good book. And very well narrated. Money well spent!
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  • Kyrre
  • 27-04-2018

Get it, but get it now - in a year or two this may be old news

As I had expected, the majority of this book is about ethical leadership in general, and not only about Comey’s relationship with Trump. While he seems to contradict himself at times (he argues against excessive surveillance in one instance, for example, while also claiming that Apple and Google are wrong in not allowing the FBI frequent access to their users’ data), the main message is about what constitutes good leadership qualities - and when it comes to that message, he is pretty straight-forward.

Although I was initially skeptical about his decision to publicly announce the re-opening of the Clinton case, he actually makes a compelling argument for why he chose to do as he did. The decision does not, as many pundits claim, appear to be an example of poor judgement. Many people might have acted differently in his shoes, but his decision to announce the renewed investigation makes sense to me now. And I supported Hillary.

It ought to be noted that this is the kind of book you’d want to read (or listen to) now, as parts of the material may be seen as “outdated” in a year or two.

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  • Marisia Robus
  • 22-04-2018

Not what I expected at all ... but most enjoyable

I imagined it a bad mouthing of Trump all the way, instead it gave me insight into his career, which I have to admit I knew nothing about. It was interesting to see how Presidents Bush and Obama handled him and the FBI and really a concern with what Trump is doing.
I agree that the FBI should be removed or a couple of steps away form the President for obvious reasons.
I found the info about his earlier cases and people and characters he dealt with interesting but saw the set up for Trump with the bullying and lying references early in the book, not subtle at all, but to be expected.
An interesting and informative read and I wish him well for his future

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  • DC
  • 20-04-2018

Ethical Leadership

Inspiring book, good life lessons to learn, and most importantly being "honest," which seems to be diminishing in today's society.
Everyone should read this book, especially if you're in a leadership role.

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  • Andy
  • 19-04-2018

A principled man

I started listening to this book to hear about Trump and was in fact taken by this mans entire career and ethos.

A man trying and succeeding to live his life to higher principles than the people and politicians around him.

The FBI have lost a great, inspirational leader!

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  • James Welling
  • 22-04-2018

Impartial.

He tries his best to be impartial, but emphasises how difficult this can be.

History will say how factual his book has been or not.

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  • Carolyn S
  • 20-04-2018

Excellent Book

I have to admit that I bought this book mainly to hear Comey's view on his interactions with Trump, but this book is so much more than that.
It's an enjoyable memoir, tracking Comey's life and fascinating career, it's thoughtfully written and well delivered.
It's also an accessible text on ethical leadership, which offers valuable insights to leaders from all walks of life.
I didn't expect to like Comey after seeing news reports that the book was self serving and sanctimonious, but by the end of the book, I liked and respected him and I completely believed his account.
He appears to be a family man of great integrity, who recognises his own faults and flaws and takes full responsibility for his actions. These are values that many of our current leaders do not have!
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.

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  • sara
  • 18-04-2018

Respect

I bought the audio version of this book, as it was narrated by Mr Comey himself. It gave the words more meaning for me. What I learned was respect for the man who has integrity, intelligence, wit and compassion. Mr Comey clearly cared about his role as FBI director and cared about the people within it too. If you want honesty, read on!

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  • Patsy
  • 24-04-2018

a courageous book .

I couldn't put this book down. I take my hat off to a man who has the courage to stand up for truth and integrity in the face of a tyrant. I believe Mr Comey should consider running for the presidency in the next election. If there is still an USA to govern.

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  • A Kindle User
  • 19-04-2018

How a leader should lead

a compelling read, in the authors own words, of modern leadership. told with honest, truthfulness, honour and humility.

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  • Donna80
  • 19-04-2018

A fascinating history of Comey's career

The book was a fascinating summary of Comey's career, his views on the leadership styles he encountered, and his philosophy.

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  • Frank
  • 20-04-2018

where integrity meets dishonesty

A modern day Thomas More who was also a lawyer and refused to swear Allegiance to his King. The result of poor choice of candetate for President

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  • liam
  • 18-04-2018

Emotional and formative

Comey comes across as an honourable public servant persecuted for his loyalty to the system of government and standing for his views. Real insight into trumps character and also a look at the human side of James Comey.

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  • MartinN1
  • 19-04-2018

How to review something so extraordinary.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is the most extraordinary, jaw dropping and disturbing thing, to which I have ever listened. I am more disturbed than ever but Mr Comey has restored my faith in humanity and the American people.

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