Summary

In his forthcoming 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 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, 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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5 out of 5 stars
By sara on 18-04-18

Respect

I bought the audio version of this book, as it was narrated by Mr Comey himself. It gave the words more meaning for me. What I learned was respect for the man who has integrity, intelligence, wit and compassion. Mr Comey clearly cared about his role as FBI director and cared about the people within it too. If you want honesty, read on!

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20 of 24 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Carolyn S on 20-04-18

Excellent Book

I have to admit that I bought this book mainly to hear Comey's view on his interactions with Trump, but this book is so much more than that.
It's an enjoyable memoir, tracking Comey's life and fascinating career, it's thoughtfully written and well delivered.
It's also an accessible text on ethical leadership, which offers valuable insights to leaders from all walks of life.
I didn't expect to like Comey after seeing news reports that the book was self serving and sanctimonious, but by the end of the book, I liked and respected him and I completely believed his account.
He appears to be a family man of great integrity, who recognises his own faults and flaws and takes full responsibility for his actions. These are values that many of our current leaders do not have!
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.

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By Hanna on 19-04-18

Packs a punch to the conscience...

I half expected this to be a superficial largely self-serving account of Mr Comey’s time as FBI director but found it to be a remarkable document on ethical leadership in public service.

There are in-depth accounts of events long past, most startlingly about the torture-memo time in the Bush era.

It’s a deeply personal and, to my mind, very up-front account about a life lived according to a strong ethical stance and wanting to be of service. He acknowledges personal and professional flaws not in a mea-culpa style but to reflect on how errors and flaws relate to good and bad leadership.

It is a searing and incredibly sharply drawn indictment of a president untethered from any ethical considerations, or sense of duty, and the danger this poses. Incredible achievement.

I’m getting the Kindle version as well as a hard copy, just to be able to underline important passages.

Weirdly, despite the alarming details of the current US administration, it somewhat restored my faith that maybe not everyone in power has ditched motions of truth and justice.

Everyone (including non-Americans like me) should read this before casting their next vote. Everyone aspiring to political office would do well to consider the arguments for truth set out here - your style and focus may be different but the larger ideals are hard to argue with.

Utterly compelling and incredibly well-written and delivered!

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17 of 17 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By MPH on 19-04-18

There is a Sheriff in Town

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I grew up on American cowboy movies, where a "man" did what he had to do, and the good guys always won in the end. Up to when Donald Trump became President of the USA, that was the majority view in the world of what the people of America value and stood for. But, the "bad guys" have taken over, America has lost its place as a moral leader.

Good to see that there are still people who are prepared to put everything on the line and stand up for what they believe in.

Listen to the message in this book Americans, drain the swamp before it is too late.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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