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A Higher Loyalty
Truth, Lies, and Leadership
James Comey
Read by James Comey

Macmillan Audio
April 17, 2018/ ISBN 1427298297
Memoir / Government / Politics / Audiobook - Unabridged / 9 Hours

Reviewed by  Brenda Weeaks



A Higher Loyalty begins with FBI Director Comey riding down Pennsylvania Ave in a fully armor suburban SUV. He seems to be making light of testifying in front of a classified Congressional Briefing about the 2016 Russian Election interference. He also explains why he sees congress as biased and juvenile.

Comey talks about family, job positions, and makes some personal controversial comments. He writes about a mother who wanted him to be the best and aim high. He shares his experiences of being bullied in school which he admits gave way to his prejudice towards anyone he considered a bully. Comey briefly covers his personal life then moves to his career and gives plenty of personal opinions on those he considered the “real” bad guys. He lets us know who impressed him, who influenced him, and who bullied him.

Comey first relives his Mafia days and discusses working under Rudy Giuliani. He takes shots at Giuliani but swears he was in awe of him. He talks about George Bush’s devilish side, as well, as his own. He brags about a disagreement with Dick Chaney during a White House meeting. He also talks about Bob Mueller siding with him during the Bush presidency. Comey gives the impression he was the Lone Sheriff in the Bush Administration, and he needed the occasional sidekick to help him keep the White House in line. He accuses the Bush Administration of being biased and he also takes shots at the CIA. He explains his surprise when Obama asked him to be director of FBI. Comey’s tone softens as he talks about the FBI and the Obama Administration. He describes his approach at being the FBI Director, and it's obvious he enjoyed the position and the agents. He refers to Holder as toxic due Fast and Furious and Loretta Lynch as being tightly scripted and unapproachable by coworkers. Comey eventually met Senator Schumer and tried to meet Senator Clinton before the email scandal, but she ignored him. He explains the Clinton email/server investigation, as well as witnessing Loretta Lynch’s bias and desire to keep it out of the media. Instead of speaking up as he did in the Bush White House; he willingly chose to stay silent. Towards the end of his memoir, Comey moves to President Trump and the dossier. He includes made-up, siliceous details from the fake dossier in his book. Possibly to sway the public against the sitting president or to sell more books.

Comey's narration enhances the words he’s written. Hearing his thoughts and emotions first hand is very revealing. We know when he’s stating facts, as well as when he’s feeling confident, proud, mocking, even judgmental. He boldly lays it out with no apologies. His tone mellows as he talks about Obama compared to Bush Jr. Comey willingly admits some of his traits but I was left with the impression he’s yet to recognize his own prejudices. And for that reason, I think he should’ve held off publishing his memoir for a couple years and used a professional narrator.

All in all, a fascinating listen.

Reviewed 2018