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A Higher Loyalty

Truth, Lies, and Leadership
Lu par : James Comey
Durée : 9 h et 13 min
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The number-one New York Times best seller, now with a new preface! 

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, 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 and 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.

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"Comey's conversational tone instantly connects with the listener, and hearing him deliver the book's highly charged contents in his own voice brings authenticity and immediacy to the presentation.... This greatly anticipated, revelatory memoir needs to be heard." (AudioFile)

"It was essential that Comey himself narrate this book, not only because his absence would have distracted listeners familiar with his voice but also because only the author could credibly convey the range of raw emotions emanating from the experiences he shares from this most eventful of lives." (Booklist, starred review)

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  • Breki Tomasson
  • 24/07/2019

Insightful, nuanced and encouraging

When Comey was let go, I understood that there was more to it than the official story made it out to be. In this book, we follow his career from even before the very beginning, learning to understand how he thinks and why he thinks that way. Hearing him describe the differences working for Bush, Obama, and Trump, we gain an insight into his unique experience, and an understanding of the dangers of the Trump presidency.

That said; despite the very negative outlook on the Trump presidency, Comey ends the book on a strong note of positivity, describing the rebound that is sure to happen following a presidency such as this one. I hope he's right.

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  • Veronica
  • 19/04/2018

It’s....hard to pin down

I think I respected Comey more before I got this book. I wanted to actually read it instead of casting judgements based on sound bites and poorly edited interviews. I truly felt that he was in a difficult position during the election and still feel that much of the country seems hell bent on tribalism at any cost and it’s disturbing. Whether or not I agreed with his actions I did think he was doing his best to serve in his role with honesty. Now....I’m not so sure. After listening to his drawn out explanation it becomes clear he absolutely DID act outside of accepted procedures which essentially means he went against what he also claims to believe in. And it basically poured gasoline on the dumpster fire. The empty fire extinguisher you now wield is useless Mr. Comey. And it doesn’t give me any joy to say it.

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  • Gillian
  • 17/04/2018

More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

Actually, this is a really, really good book by a man who winds up coming off as someone who has walked a fine non-partisan line for a long, long time.
I truly expected to come away from listening to A Higher Loyalty, rolling my eyes. Not because I'm a big Trump fan or anything, but coming so soon after his high-profile firing, I thought it would be bashing and filled with self-sanctimonious tirades. And it's anything but.
Wow. Comey has been through it all: From Martha Stewart, through surveillance and torture programs; from coming from an agency that borders on almost totally white, through keeping a memo authorizing the surveillance of MLK (okayed by Robert Kennedy) as a reminder that that which is not looked at carefully could lead good people far, far astray.
Cheney comes off as hideous, Hillary is a piece of work, Obama could be vastly over-confident but was willing to listen and learn (which surprised Comey; he thought that, coming as an appointment from a Republican president, a Democrat would dislike him grievously).
And yes, there's the utter outrage that happened with the Russians, and quite a bit to do with Trump.
Just don't come into this book thinking it's a vast tell-all about Trump with bashing thrown in for good measure. This is about a kid who avoided bullies (tho' he once joined their ranks to his forever shame), a young man who lost an infant son, a hard worker who tried to give Alberto Gonzales a backbone, somebody who has tried to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the black citizens who are unfairly targeted.
To someone who is raising a red flag about what went on and what continues to go on today. Sprinkled throughout it a touch of ribald language with a heavy dose of humor.
Another reviewer expressed that they couldn't multitask whilst listening to this, and I found that to be true for me as well. I was up all night.

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  • med/PA student
  • 02/05/2018

Not what I expected

I didn’t have much of an opinion regarding James Comey before listening. At the end I feel much different. Vastly entertaining, well written, beautifully narrated,surprisingly detailed. This is a great read regardless of your political affiliation.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22/12/2018

Well done!

Although I disagree with how Mr. Comey handled the press in the Clinton matter. I now understand why and appreciate the honesty and humility of the book. Additionally, I appreciate how simple and understandable the information was given. It really resonated for me that truth is not complicated. However, dishonesty requires great effort to maintain.
Well done!


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  • Single Again
  • 21/05/2019

Self Delusion, Naive, or Both???

I would recommend this audio book. There were aspects I found interesting and insightful. However, also found James Comey's repeated notion/assertion that the FBI historically has been and/or is currently some sort of noble institution for good, ethics and morality a case of gross false consciousness.

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  • Cariola
  • 18/04/2018

Not What You're Expecting

After my experience with Fire and Fury, I wasn't sure if I would regret purchasing James Comey's much-anticipated book. I don't. The issue I had with Michael Woolf's book was simply that there were no surprises by the time the cable news networks had done their interviews and discussions. There are no Trump bombshells in Comey's book that haven't also been made public in his testimony or his interview with George Stephanopoulos--but the 2016 election and the Trump presidency make up only the last 20-25% of the book, and the rest is very interesting indeed. A Higher Loyalty is an honest memoir, one that looks back at the events and individuals that shaped the former FBI Director's character and values and his concept of what makes a good leader.

In addressing his childhood, Comey talks about a devastating move from a familiar school and neighborhood (his grandfather had been the local police commissioner) where he had been one of the popular kinds to another where he suffered bullying. He tells us about a terrifying incident when, as a teenager, he and his brother were held at gunpoint by a home invader later identified as a serial rapist. He recounts some stupid mistakes he made as a grocery stockboy, and of the owner, a man whose example gave him some important lessons in what makes a good leader. Later, we see him discovering the work of Reinhold Niebuhr in a college religion class. (You may have seen Comey's tweets under Neibuhr's name, many of them using the theologist's own words.) He gives us insights into his long marriage to a supportive wife and their tragic loss of an infant son. Along the way, he remembers teachers, colleagues, and others who set an example for the man he hoped to become.

And, of course, there is his long and fascinating career. After a stint as law clerk to a federal judge in Manhattan and a short stint with a private law firm, Comey joined the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York--the same office currently investigating Michael Cohen, President Trump's "fixer." One of the cases he worked on was the Gambino crime family prosecution, and he has a lot of intriguing stories to tell about that experience. He was deputy special counsel to the Whitewater investigation--his first run-in with Hillary Clinton--and, as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, investigated President Clinton's pardon of fugitive Marc Rich, a Clinton campaign contributor facing federal charges of violating trade sanctions against Iran. I had no idea that Comey was the lead prosecutor in the case against Martha Stewart. His discussion of the case and the dilemmas he faced are a fine example of the way he uses his legal experiences to demonstrate his sense of ethics. Years earlier, he had upheld the conviction of a young black assistant pastor who had lied to the FBI in attempting to protect his mentor. If this man served time for his crime, why should Martha Stewart be shown leniency for the same crime and others?

Comey's first headlong plunge into Washington politics came when he opposed the Bush regime's extension of the NSA's domestic wiretapping program, which had been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The story of his visit to John Ashcroft's hospital bedside, accompanied by three trusted colleagues, including then-FBI Director Robert Mueller. They persuaded Ashcroft, the Attorney General, to uphold the discontinuation of the wiretaps, thwarting the wishes of President Bush, Vice President Cheney, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez. This was not Comey's last run-in with these politicos and others, including Condoleeza Rice. He opposed the interrogation procedures--waterboarding, sleep deprivation, humiliation, etc.--as forms of both physical and mental torture, and he was involved in the investigation of Scooter Libby for lying to the FBI, obstructing justice, and outing CIA agent Valerie Plame. (Is it possible this is yet another reason, in addition to sending a message to cronies under investigation, for Trump's recent pardon of Libby?) Again and again, he stands up for his belief that members of the Justice Department, once appointed, must work independently and not be steered by the Executive Office. He addresses the criticism he received for appearing sympathetic to the concerns of Black Lives Matters and recounts his efforts to increase the percentage of minority personnel working for the FBI, encouraging employees to recruit talented people by telling them about the opportunities the department offers and by "finding joy" in their own work.

And there are the last few years: the issue of Hillary Clinton's private server and lost emails, the concerns about Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and the exchanges with Trump that resulted in Comey's firing. Comey is nothing if not honest about his personal faults and the mistakes he has made, but he attempts to explain the internal conflicts he faced and the rationale behind his decisions. You may not agree with him, but you can't help but agree that he thought he was doing his job to the best of his ability, holding fast to the truth he still believes will set us all free and following the example of his lifelong mentors. (Once his book tour is over, he will be returning to the classroom, teaching courses in effective and ethical leadership.)

I listened to this book on audio and recommend it in that format. Comey is a good writer and a very good reader, and hearing him tell his own story adds credence to it. I enjoyed A Higher Loyalty not as an exposé or even a self-justification, but simply as the story of one man's life and its challenges. I only wish I shared his optimism about our country's future. He ends with a metaphor: when forest fires burn themselves out, there is room for more and better things to emerge from the scorched earth, resulting in a forest that is even stronger than before.

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  • Emily
  • 17/02/2019

A must-listen for every leader and every American

First, Comey is an absolutely exceptional narrator! I've listened to many, many audio books and his narration is right up there with some of the best.

But the subject matter of the book is fascinating. Don't think this is just a referendum on the "e-mails" and Trump. The covers Comey's entire fascinating career and shares lessons learned in critical moments that would test the most seasoned leader. Comey brings great humor and behind the scenes stories to some of the biggest crimes and most relevant current events of our age.

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  • J. McDole
  • 17/04/2018

Very illuminating

Well written, well read. I listened to it all in one day. I laughed, I sighed, I rolled my eyes, and I got teary eyed. This book explores Comey's history as a civil servant and sheds light on his goal to be truly the best at his job and follow the laws of this country. Addresses Clinton scandals as well as Trump in the end. The epilogue is truly beautiful! Hopeful and sharp at the same time.

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  • Kathy in CA
  • 28/04/2018

An Honorable and Honest Man

When I got this book, my feeling toward James Comey was primarily distrust, being quite sure he handled the Clinton email investigation in a way to enable Trump to be elected.

I am so glad curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to listen to Comey's story. I learned that I had been misguided and largely ignorant of what really occurred when the announcement was made that the Clinton email investigation was being reopened right before the election. My eyes were opened to the true character of the author and I now believe his behavior was non-partisan and very above board.

Comey does a wonderful narration of his book, and never for a moment did I lose interest or suspect any duplicity on his part. I was so engrossed, I had no idea if I was in the beginning, middle, or nearing the end of the book, and yet I found no need at all to track my progress (which is unusual for me.) Comey describes his childhood days, his career history, the Martha Stewart episode, the post 9-11 wire-tapping controversy, etc, etc, in addition to a detailed history of the Clinton email case. His impressions of working with three presidents, Bush, Obama, and Trump, was particularly amusing and interesting and sometimes saddening.

I come away from this book with a strong admiration for James Comey and a knowledge and understanding that I did not have before. I am sure he will be successful in his next career venture, and I wish him the best.

Highly recommended--you need to get this book!

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  • Sebastian L.
  • 10/05/2018

An important book

No matter on what side of the political spectrum you are, this is an important book of this era. However, its main message will be just as true and meaningful in 50 years as it is now.

In a time when hearing the name Trump leads inevitably to a feeling akin to boredom - because it's going to be the same thing over and over again - this book does deal with Trump, but Trump isn't the subject.

The subject is "ethical leadership". And James Comey believably tells his life's story and how the aspiration of becoming an ethical leader influenced his career.

When, in the second half of the book, Comy's career inevitably runs head on into the candidate, president elect and later president Donald Trump, his life's story and his commitment to ethical leadership serves as an impressive contrast to Donald Trump's leadership style and character.

The positive tone and outlook, with which he concludes the book, leaves the reader worried but hopeful.

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  • Schnüffelfisch
  • 09/06/2018

Really good audiobook!

This was a very inspiring book on leadership and standing up to your values!

It also shows that even the people at the very top, who seemingly never have any trouble making decisions, go through all that inner turmoil and doubt when making tough decisions.

Also very interesting insights into how key American institutions work and interesting personal evaluations of well known people (including three presidents ;-)

Comey had (and still has, I hope) a really interesting life and knows how to tell a story well. I found it fascinating to experience political events and famous investigations through the eyes of someone who participated in them and made a credible effort to keep a neutral view on things, guided only by the law.

I really loved the book and found it very inspiring!
In many ways it reminded me of Steven R. Coveys "7 Habits of highly effective people".

A recommended read for everyone who wants to - or has to - be a leader.
I will definitely listen to it again.

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  • Rainer Lagemann
  • 21/04/2018

Beeindruckend & kongruent

Ich bin noch nicht bei der Hälfte des Buches, kann aber schon jetzt sagen, dass der Mann, die Story, das Buch beeindruckend ist und der Inhalt wirklich gut zu Comey passt, sehr stimmig. Muss mich vom Hören immer wieder mal losreißen. Sehr spannend.

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  • W. Heim
  • 27/08/2020

This reads like a fiction thriller! Wie ein Krimi!

Unbelievably raw, Comey's narration displayed a tale of dedication to public service, a love for country but most importantly, he imparts that true leadership should never come at the cost of humility, honesty, compassion and ethics. It was heartbreaking to listen to his story of achieving his dream job and seeing it taken away by a man embodying all the evil attributes of a poor leader! It is admirable to see with how much integrity Comey carried himself throughout his entire career and how the pillars in his life, namely his wife/family and his own strong moral beliefs helped guide him through some of the toughest decisions and moments of his life. A must-read for any person in a position of leadership and any individual into politics wanting to understand the non-partisan role of government agencies.
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In seiner Erzählungen stellt uns Comey seine lange Widmung zum öffentlichen Dienst und Heimat dar, aber fast wichtiger ist seine Botschaft wie gute Führung nie auf Kosten von Demut, Ehrlichkeit, Mitgefühl and Ethik kommen darf. Es war herzzerreißend seine Geschichte zu hören, wie er seinem Traumjob erreicht hat und dieser ihm leider weggenommen wurde von einem Mann, der genau die schlimmste Eigenschaften eines Führers besitzt. Bewundernswert fand ich wie aufrecht er sich durch seine Karriere benommen hat und wie seine Stütze, nämlich seine Frau/Familie und sein moralischer Glaube ihm durch seine schwierigsten Zeiten beigestanden haben. Das Buch ist besonders geeignet für diejenigen in Führungspositionen und für Politiker die ernsthaft verstehen, wollen wie Parteien keine Rolle spielen darf in Bundesregierten Agenturen.

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  • Nabil
  • 01/07/2019

Ein wahres Muss

Ich bin auf dieses Buch gestoßen, weil ich zuvor „Sea Stories“ von William McRaven gehört habe. Ich dachte eigentlich Sea Stories, wäre sehr gut, was es zweifellos auch ist. Aber dieses Buch hat alle meine Erwartungen übertroffen. Danke an den Autor für diesen ehrlichen Einblick und den Mut zu seinen Werten zu stehen.

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  • Wenzel Massag
  • 20/12/2018

A must!

If you care about justice, you will not be able to stop listening. A very interesting account of how the Mob works and how Trumps administration works.

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  • isabel
  • 25/06/2018

good lessons about politics and leadership

very authentic and interesting stories. loved the perspective on politics, the fbi and the different presidents