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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!
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This book is honestly one of the most compelling and insightful reads (listens) I have ever purchased. Read by a man of the utmost integrity I am just saddened that this in fact is based on real events. This is not just about Trump but goes into lots of detail about many things that have led Mr Comey to become the person he is today. For me it was fantastic for which I will no doubt read it again at some point. I only wish I could contact him directly with my appreciation for sharing his story.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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!
20 of 24 people found this review helpful
This book should be required reading for anyone interested in leadership, politics, ethics and the foundational values that underpin our society. The anecdotes are clear, astounding and interesting. This book is a wonderful glimpse into the background dynamics of power in a highly topical setting. The author and narrator is personable, principled, candid and at times amusing with his asides. Truly excellent.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I read this as something I felt that I "should" read rather than something I wanted to read, but I couldn't put it down. Surprisingly interesting and well written.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful