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This book is a carefully penned memoir by a gifted teacher. It's well worth reading whether for a book club selection, for a seminar on law, leadership, or politics, or just with popcorn. Comey's career has put him at the center of many big stories: Whitewater, CIA torture, the Gambino trial, the Ashcroft hospital ambush attempt. But of course he is best known for the Clinton email investigation and being fired by Trump. I was open to his side of the story, his apologia for the F.B.I.'s 2016 election interference. Comey has added more evidence that Trump is the least qualified and most unethical U.S. President of all time. I closed the book, however, convinced that he probably did hand the election to Trump. It was a failure of his F.B.I. leadership to not include the right people to make the estimate about how long it would take to go through thousands of Clinton emails, and not assume that most would be duplicates, right before the election. He inadvertently makes the case that his lack of tech savvy lieutenants cost Clinton the election.
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In his 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 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.
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.
#1 New York Times Bestseller and soon to be a CBS miniseries
“By far the most consequential book yet in the literature of the Trump presidency.” —NPR
“A Higher Loyalty is the first big memoir by a key player in the alarming melodrama that is the Trump administration....Comey’s book fleshes out the testimony he gave before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017 with considerable emotional detail, and it showcases its author’s gift for narrative....Provides sharp sketches of key players in three presidential administrations....Comey is what Saul Bellow called a ‘first-class noticer.’” —The New York Times