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A higher loyalty : truth, lies, and leadership

Comey, James B., Jr., 1960- author.
A higher loyalty : truth, lies, and leadership / James Comey.
First Edition.
New York, NY : Flatiron Books, 2018.
xii, 290 pages ; 25 cm
Portion of title
Truth, lies, and leadership
Variant title
Truth, lies, & leadership
Includes index.
  • 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.
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.
"What is ethical leadership? How do you do what is right instead of what is politically expedient? How do you maintain loyalty to the values of the institutions you have sworn to protect, the values you have dedicated your entire life to upholding, even if that loyalty comes at your own personal expense? When Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey on May 9, 2017, it ignited a political firestorm. The man at the center of that storm has kept silent--until now. In this highly anticipated book, James Comey writes for the first time about his role in the historic 2016 election and its aftermath. As readers will learn, that campaign was far from the first time Comey had been put to the test. In A Higher Loyalty, Comey takes readers through the cases and personal events that helped shape his views of justice, fairness, and ethical leadership. We see his resolve tested after a harrowing brush with death and a heartbreaking personal loss. He offers insights into the leadership styles of three very different presidents, and yet we also learn why the leaders who had the most profound influence on him were those without titles or political office. Even without the events of 2016 and the surreal moments in the Trump White House that followed, Comey's career involved some of the most fascinating and controversial criminal cases in recent history. He discusses his intense and revelatory encounters with the Mafia as an assistant U.S. attorney, a job he started under an up-and-coming Rudy Giuliani. He explains what was truly at issue in the prosecutions of Martha Stewart and Scooter Libby and in the battles against surveillance and torture policies in the George W. Bush administration. In a scene seemingly ripped from a Washington, D.C., thriller, Comey writes for the first time about when he rushed to the hospital bedside of an ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft to intercept representatives sent by President Bush who were determined to subvert their own Justice Department. Comey also details the involvement he had over the years with Bill and Hillary Clinton--including the Whitewater investigation and his pursuit of the fugitive Marc Rich--and what really occurred when he found himself in charge of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. In exhaustive detail, Comey lays out exactly what went into the FBI's historic decisions and responds to the controversies and criticisms that resulted. Finally, Comey explains his frustrating and occasionally bizarre encounters with the incoming president, Donald Trump, and why he was unable to give Trump the pledge of loyalty he demanded. Although his rebuff of the president would come at great personal price, it was a sacrifice he was compelled to make, because the alternative for the country was a cost too great to bear. In A Higher Loyalty, readers will find a rare respite from partisan politics. It is James Comey's opportunity to tell not only what truly happened but also to remind readers of what truly matters. It is a portrait of great leadership, misguided leadership, patriotism, and the vital importance of shaping a culture that puts the truth first."--Dust jacket.
Subject headings
Comey, James B., Jr., 1960-
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation--Officials and employees--Biography.
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
United States--Politics and government--2009-2017.
United States--Politics and government--2001-2009.
United States--Politics and government--2017-
Genre heading
9781250192455 (hardcover)
1250192455 (hardcover)
9781250192462 (ebook)


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