Sunday, July 22, 2018

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership; James Comey


Macmillan Audio - 2018


A Higher Loyalty: Truth Lies and Leadership was a fantastic memoir, narrated by James Comey.  The memoir, spanning Comey's childhood to his post FBI days was not a bashing of the current political climate, rather more of a look back at Comey's life, his values and commitment to ethical leadership.  Fired in May of 2017 by the current President, Comey is often self-critical when he talks about his life and his career. It is clear, above all else, truth, integrity and respect for others were not just words for Comey, he lived by these values.

Much of this memoir was an eye opener. He was bullied as a child, the victim of an armed home invasion and, we are also given insight to his early work ethic, college days, marriage, family as well as all of the key cases he was involved in throughout his career.

I was so impressed by Comey's writing and the book overall. I wasn't exactly sure how I would react to this book, hoping that it would not be strictly political -- it was not.  We listened to the audio on a recent road trip and it was fantastic. It's a memoir that actually made me tear up on one occasion and, even my husband thought it was one of the best memoirs he's experienced. The book is narrated by James Comey, his voice very pleasing and sincere.  I highly recommend this book!

Note: As a side note, James Comey's baby brother, Chris is a wonderful neurosurgeon who we feel saved the life of a family member, to Chris we are grateful.

Rating - 5/5 stars

16 comments:

  1. Hi Diane,
    I'm so glad you blogged about your views on this memoir. I did think that the focus was on his position in the FBI and the Donald Trump thing. So, I'll be putting this on our list for our road trip in September, if not before. I love memoirs in audio, especially when it is narrated by the author, but only if the author is able to do it well. Happy to know.

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    1. He does cover his FBI days as the memoir progresses but, the Trump conversations etc, are at the very end basically. Audio is awesome.

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  2. I wasn't interested in this at all because I figured it was all political but I just might pick it up now. What an amazing connection for you!

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    1. It's much more about his life and career (yes, of course FBI days involves politics) but not, a party bashing IMO

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  3. Interestng that it wasn’t political.

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    1. As I mentioned to Kathy Brian,It's much more a story about his life and career (yes, of course FBI days involves politics) but not, a party bashing IMO

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  4. I'm glad this was such an interesting read. Very smart of him to not go political given all that is happening.

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    1. There was very little Trump talk except towards the end, leading up to his firing.

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  5. Diane, this memoir sounds very worthwhile. Excellent review! I will keep this audio book in mind.

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    1. We really loved listening, I hope you will enjoy it if you do decide to listen.

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  6. Thank you for your review I put it on my ever growing tbr list.

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  7. Good to know that you found it so good.

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  8. Thank you for a review of a book which I was totally unaware of.

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    1. Sometimes it is hard to keep up on all of the new book releases.

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