James Comey’s memoir, A Higher Loyalty, is obviously a highly charged political work. Comey, who was Director of the FBI until being fired by President Trump in May 2017, seems to be praised and hated in equal measure by both sides of the political spectrum.
Liberals dislike him because they blame his announcement of the reopening of the investigation of Hilary Clinton’s emails while refusing to publicly announce suspicions about Russian electoral interference for Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election. Trump fans dislike him because of his refusal to end the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s involvement on behalf of Trump in that election, a refusal that ultimately led to his firing.
I’ve seem interviews with Comey where his explained the reasoning behind the decisions he made. In this book, he tells how he developed those ethics and morals throughout his early life and career within the U.S. justice system. While I disagree with keeping silent about the Russian involvement in the 2016 election, I can see how Comey’s world view led him to that decision.
One thing I learned about Comey in the book that really surprised me was how progressive he was in his theories of leadership. Several times I found myself thinking that he would be a great boss to work for.
I gave A Higher Loyalty four stars. It is a fascinating read with rich details about some of the more notorious incidents involving Comey and Trump, but the writing is a little on the dry side (although not as dry as I imagined going into it).