A Higher Loyalty

A Higher Loyalty

Truth, Lies and Leadership

Book - 2018
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The former FBI director shares his experiences over the past two decades working in the American government and explores ethical leadership and how it drives sound decision-making.
Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250192455
Branch Call Number: BIO COMEY J. Comey 04/2018
Characteristics: xii, 290 pages ;,25 cm


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multcolib_susannel Nov 17, 2019

Former FBI-director James Comey writes openly and honestly about his legal and government experience.

Sep 16, 2019

If you thought that this might be yet another establishment, mainstream propaganda item for popular consumption at the public library you would not be wrong! Perhaps approach with caution critically while reading to avoid further brainwashing.

Sep 10, 2019

A must read for all who care about how our government works . . . and does not work. An eye-opener. James Comey is a man of integrity and a fine author. Highly recommend.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Feb 07, 2019

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

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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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

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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Jul 27, 2018

James Coney should look in the mirror


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Jul 23, 2018

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