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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.

©2018 James Comey (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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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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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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Great Book

narrator was clear and message well delivered
good insight into leadership as given by a leader

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James Comey is my new hero

though he would probably not like being described as one.

Really well written, and an absolute thriller to listen to.

Read this if you've ever had to make a difficult choice

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Interesting, inspiring listen

He is a true leader and a genuine inspiration. Loved the book and am grateful to Mr Comey for sharing his story

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An interesting and insightful book

James Comey recounts fascinating stories from his life and career in this book. He shares some unique and extraordinary insights from those experiences in an engaging and thought provoking way. It’s a great read. Highly recommend.

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Very credible and interesting

Fantastic book and definately worth listening to given its also narrated by Comey. Great insight into serving under 3 Presidents, his career and leadership as a theme.

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This man should not be allowed access to a keyboar

No insight for this man who sees himself as ethical. He could use some self reflection

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Excellent read

Loved this book cover to cover. Anyone interested in leadership, politics or government will most likely enjoy this book.

Really confirmed my views on Bush, Obama and Trump.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cindy
  • 23-04-2018

A thriller and treatise in ethical leadership

An amazing book that will stand for years after Trump is long gone. Comey’s leadership was incredible.

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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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  • Chappers
  • 23-04-2018

Listened to it in a couple of days!

This book is honestly one of the most compelling and insightful reads (listens) I have ever purchased. Read by a man of the utmost integrity I am just saddened that this in fact is based on real events. This is not just about Trump but goes into lots of detail about many things that have led Mr Comey to become the person he is today. For me it was fantastic for which I will no doubt read it again at some point. I only wish I could contact him directly with my appreciation for sharing his story.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-04-2018

Great book!

This is a carefully crafted book. A book which is far more than a tale of Donald Trump’s stupidity. This is a carefully woven selection of life experiences from a man who still has hope, honour and integrity. It is a wonderful platform to learn not only how a good leader should behave but how they should listen and learn. I found Comey to be reflective, humble and honest. I have immense respect for him and In particular his wife , who he lovingly acknowledges is his source of strength. I was shocked and inspired by the political antics of Washington! Critics harp on about his description of Trump - it’s a paragraph and hardly offensive. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Nick
  • 23-04-2018

Better than I thought it would be.

Comey telling his side of the story, so clearly slanted. That said he explains his decisions well enough that I'm willing to give him more of the benefit of the doubt than previously.

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  • mr s d kenny
  • 23-04-2018

An Honest ethically motivated leader

A great honest guy. I hope your firing had a prosperous outcome with this book.

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  • Jonathan
  • 23-04-2018

Thoughtful and well written.

The book provides a thoughtful and thorough look into Comey's experience in leadership, offerining his perspective of current and past events from a principled, if possibly naive, position.

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  • P. Tyler
  • 23-04-2018

Good book.

Good book, well performed. The man is extraordinary and more than knows his stuff even if sometimes he comes across as a school prefect upholding school rules to the exclusion of all else. Sits well with What Happened by Clinton and Fire an Fury by Wolff.

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  • Hugo
  • 23-04-2018

Leadership lessons everyone can benefit from

I'm not an American, I'm not a Republican nor a Democrat. So reading James Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty, was without US filters or pre-set paradigms.
I read the book open minded, as I read all books I read, whether I agree or disagree with the content. I normally assume that the person I am listening to might know something I don't know.
I found this book an interesting read, with some amazing leadership lessons everyone can benefit from. Whether it all happened as written, and whether James Comey meant all he did as described is kind of irrelevant to the message he wants to share. Now, I haven't served under him in the FBI, so I don't know what kind of leader he in reality was. Nonetheless, the leadership principles and practical insights are priceless and serve an example for many.

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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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