Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Macmillan Audio Review: A Higher Loyalty- Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey

A Higher Loyalty was an eye opening experience, it was NOT what I expected and was more than I could have hoped for. I think everyone should read this book.

ISBN-13: 9781427298287
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 4-17-2018
Length: 9 hours - 5 minutes
Source: Macmillan Audio
Buy It: Audible/Kobo


"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 Magazine
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 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.

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My Review

A Higher Loyalty
Truth Lies and Leadership
James Comey

A Personal Note:
It’s is not at all surprising that this book sold over 600,000 copies the first week of publication and now there’s more than a million cpies in print. And in my humble, layman’s opinion it is a confidently stated reputable, straight forward, take no prisoners honest perspective. I know that this book is being bantered about and each side will find the one smoking gun they’re looking for. But before falling into any of the polarized POVs really listen to what this man has to say. Because what he says makes this listener want to shake his hand and thank him for his many years of selfless service to our country.

A Higher Loyalty is an eye-opener, a candid chronological journey recounting the life of James Comey from childhood until the present. It goes into detail about what led Jim Comey to become the selfless civil servant he became and his many jobs in the Department of Justice. His time prosecuting different mob bosses plus the lessons he learned both positive and negative because of his own good or bad bosses and how he personally and professionally felt about the sitting presidents he served under. As he recounts his life he entertains his audience with anecdotes and things that happened to mold him into the honorable man he is. And most importantly he tells why transparency is so crucial and why without the Justice Department’s separation from politics democracy is savagely damaged and how it’s up to our leaders to make sure both that separation and transparency exists. It’s also a personal reflection on himself, why telling the truth became his mantra, how his love of family and especially his wife and life partner are his salvation and because of that love he can and has gotten through some really tough times. And how making a difference is what true wealth is plus why he holds himself to a higher standard. Contrary to tweets it is not a book full of lies, but it is a cautionary tale that should be read by every person who values a true modern democracy and who loves this country. It was unexpected, surprising and mind-blowing.

Jim Comey’s narration is exceptional and the perfect choice for recounting his own story. His clear resonant voice amplified the emotions, placed the inflections perfectly and validated the importance of what he was saying giving the listener an intimate fly on the wall perspective. It was perfectly paced, easy to understand and entertaining.

Author's Bio:
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.
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  1. I am putting this on the top of my list. Thanks so much for bringing my attention to this book Debbie!

  2. I'm sure that a lot of people ill be reading this one.

  3. My friend would love this one, I should get her hooked on audio

  4. Rings with authenticity I would say after reading your review. While not from the U. S. we still follow some of the **goings on** in your part of the world. This is one I will put into my list of want to listen to for sure.

  5. Great review. I will probably tackle this story at some point. I'm kinda waiting for the hype to die down. I keep hearing so much about it in the media and on social. I think I can go into this book with a more open mind in a few months. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

    1. Thanks Melanie. Yes it helps that I got the audio files before the release so I was already into it.
      But I think any openminded person will realize truth when they hear it no matter the hype