Higher Loyalty : Truth, Lies, and Leadership
by Comey, James

Author's Noteix
1 The Life
2 This Thing of Ours
3 The Bully
4 Meaning
5 The Easy Lie
6 On the Tracks
7 Confirmation Bias
8 In Hoover's Shadow
9 The Washington Listen
10 Roadkill
11 Speak or Conceal
12 Trump Tower
13 Tests of Loyalty
14 The Cloud

The former FBI director shares previously undisclosed experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career, from Mafia prosecutions and the Martha Stewart scandal to the Bush administration's electronic surveillance and the Clinton email investigation.

On September 4, 2013, James Comey was sworn in as the seventh Director of the FBI.

A Yonkers, New York native, Jim Comey attended the College of William and Mary and the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, Comey returned to New York and joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. There, he took on numerous crimes, most notably Organized Crime in the case of the United States v. John Gambino, et al. Afterwards, Comey became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted the high-profile case that followed the 1996 terrorist attack on the U.S. military's Khobar Towers in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Comey returned to New York after 9/11 to become the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. At the end of 2003, he was tapped to be the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice (DOJ) under then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and moved to the Washington, D.C. area.

Comey left DOJ in 2005 to serve as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its General Counsel. In early 2013, Comey became a Lecturer in Law, a Senior Research Scholar, and Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.

*Starred Review* For all the preconceptions readers will bring to this hot-button book, it is, first, an origin story of one of just seven men to lead the FBI for more than 3 years over the bureau's 83-year history. (Comey's predecessor, Robert Mueller, had the second-longest tenure, at 12 years, after J. Edgar Hoover's 37.) Bullied as a "new kid" in elementary school, and scarred by an armed robbery in his family's home as a teen, Comey would launch his career battling wrongdoers as diverse as the New York Mob, Martha Stewart (insider trading), and future U.S. attorney general Alberto Gonzales (warrantless domestic wiretapping), leading ultimately to the FBI directorship in 2013. Comey clearly lays out the high ethical and moral protocols demanded of those who work at the FBI, but his story is also that of an Everyman trying to keep his head above the swirl of misdeeds committed by those in power who should have done better, from Hillary Clinton's reckless use of an email server to former U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch's ill-advised meeting with Bill Clinton on that tarmac in Phoenix, Anthony Weiner's sexual predilections, and Donald Trump's unceasing efforts to breach the wall separating the Justice Department from White House influence. Comey's responses to those and other events weren't flawless or even always courageous, as the author candidly, almost painfully admits, but they make this compelling, soul-searching account a reminder of just how difficult yet consequential it is, in these or any other times, to do the right thing. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Former FBI director Comey, much in the news, reviews his career and speaks his mind about his dismissal."I fully intended to serve as director of the FBI through the year 2023," writes Comey, that year being when his 10-year term, begun under Barack Obama, expired. "What, I wondered, could possibly interfere with that?" The "what" was Donald Trump, who, under investigation for various improprieties committed during his campaign and perhaps after, demanded personal loyalty of Comey and did not receive the required affirmative reply. "Holy crap, they are trying to make each of us an ‘amica nostra'—friend of ours," he writes, adverting to time he spent pursuing Mafia figures as a federal prosecutor in New York. As has been well-reported, the author weighs Trump and his colleagues and finds them wanting in every way: "this president is unethical," he charges, "and untethered to truth and institutional values." That president, he adds with a touch of informed speculati on, is also bound for greater legal troubles than he has faced thus far. Comey looks back on a long career marked by such signature moments as his uncovering Dick Cheney associate Scooter Libby as the person who leaked the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame, a matter over which he came under considerable pressure to back off the case, one of the many "exhausting lessons in the importance of institutional loyalty over expediency and politics" that he would learn in service to three administrations. Along the way, aside from a couple of personal digs at Trump's clothing style and hand size, Comey serves up some well-observed remarks on the qualities of a successful leader, including humor, "accurate feedback" and pushing for improvement, especially self-improvement—again, all matters in which the current occupant of the White House falls short. Not all the book will be convincing, especially to supporters of Trump's opponent, whose campaign suffered a tremendous blow wh e n Comey announced that she, too, was under investigation. A modest, soft-spoken book that is sure to enrage its chief subject. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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