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on May 20, 2018
I listened to all of the hype about the book, and I assumed it was going to be an assault on Trump (which honestly, I was looking forward to). However, I had no idea that what I really wanted to read was this incredible book. James Comey made me forget all about Donald Trump and reminded me about the importance of honesty and integrity in leadership. He also showed me his own vulnerability and humanity. There is a section in the book (that I won't give away) which caused me to weep for his overwhelming grief. He discussed his short comings, his heroes, his sins, and the importance of leadership in our country. I was completely impressed by his writing, his passion for truth, and his love of country. I hope he writes another book. I would imagine he has a life time's worth of lessons to teach.
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on May 14, 2018
I was surprised at how much I liked this book. I believe that he did a great disservice to the American people when it came to what was said publicly about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, but I understand better now why he did it. I completely disagree with the actions taken and I do believe it cost Clinton the presidency. Anecdotally, I saw the momentum shift around me with everyone I knew who was struggling with whom to vote for, especially people who did not follow politics deeply or who did not understand the various contexts surrounding the election.

However, the book was about more than just those incidents and that story. It was a good read. I appreciated his take on other incidents that I remember and knew about. I think it’s an important book to contextualize certain moments in history.
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on May 22, 2018
I found all the disgruntled hype concerning the book to be unfounded: obviously the detractors did not read it. The first 10 chapters, out of 14, had absolutely nothing to do with Trump. This was a mini-biography of James Comey, and THIS was interesting. I found the writing to be honest, sometimes funny and enlightening. He not only pokes fun at situations but also at himself. I think my biggest surprise was to find out he considered himself to be a bully, back in the high school/college days

The last 4 chapters were about Russia interference in the 2016 election. There was no smoking gun, no "alternate" facts, just a blow by blow of what actually happened and his feelings/concerns while our democracy is being blown up. In my opinion, the Epilogue was his best writing, open, honest, heart-felt and very moving. Job well done James Comey!
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on May 17, 2018
I liked it a lot. Coherently and intelligently written. It threw into sharp clarity the no-win situation that faced Comey just before the 2016 election. He had no clearly "best" choice and he anticipated being pilloried for his choice, no matter what it was. He made his choice and stuck with it. I have a word for that: integrity. Despite the fact I didn't agree with his choice, I applaud his courage for making it.
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on May 13, 2018
Twenty one years sitting as a trial judge and a s a judicial arbiter have taught me something about lies and honesty. I have also learned a lot about the importance of truth in understanding and applying the Constitution. James Comey’s narrative is a glimpse into the life and mind of a man who values truth and the rule of law over politics and ideology. People misread and misunderstand him because he chooses to operate and think on a moral plane where truth and the rule of law are the sole imperatives, not the acquisition of political power. As such he is not unlike a modern day Thomas More. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who cares about the role of integrity and character in our system of justice. Leave your politics at the door and listen to the heart of an honest and self effacing man who cares deeply about our country. He understands leadership and describes the characteristics of a great leader as few other contemporary authors and commentators.

This is quite simply a fascinating story. I pray that enough people can handle the truth to assure that James Comey’s story will continue and a new political paradigm will rise from the burning embers of these troubled times.
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on May 22, 2018
I was hesitant to start this thinking that I wasn't in the mood to hear what I thought would be excuses about Director Comey's conduct during the 2016 election - I was dead wrong! Now I think this book should be mandatory reading (listening) to all high school students! Truly outstanding! Mr. Comey reads his own book and has an excellent voice for this, smooth and well paced. He covers his early youth though his career as an attorney and FBI director which all was well worth listening to. He comes across as a very humble and truthful person (okay, except for the basketball lies!). For those that may have been turned off by his description of the president during private meetings, I found that was perhaps one/one thousand of the entire book and greatly blowing out of proportion by the press. You'll also see for yourself that there was no 'leaking' of his private citizen memo and I have to admit I now find his reasons for the public comments on Ms. Clinton days before the election to be pretty compelling. If you read only one book this year - make sure it's this one; the story of good Americans!
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on May 21, 2018
This book was surprisingly readable, at times funny, deep and well written. I expected something rather dry, filled with political information- but this read gifted me with a very genuine look at Comey, the man, his experiences, his way of making decisions, and also gave a compelling look at the history of how things work inside the whitehouse and with respect to the FBI and the rule of law. I found the book inspiring, and I deeply appreciate the man for the level of honesty-especially self honesty- of which he speaks. We need deep honesty in our personal lives as well as our government, especially now. This book is a fine model of what level of honesty is required to heal a society and a government that has become mired in lies, half-truths and manipulation.
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on May 22, 2018
James Comey writes of his experiences in the justice department, and the FBI, and his life experiences which brought him to his central operating principal of leadership: Leaders must tell the truth, must be true to their mission, and must not compromise the integrity of their mission for personal or political gain. He also insists that basic moral principles underlie justice, and justice cannot prevail when moral values are compromised. So many of the dilemmas he faced are so familiar to me personally, and probably to everybody, and by failing to take the high road sometimes, he learned, as I learned, and probably everybody learned, that it is only through faithfulness to truth, to higher principles that we can achieve true success personally, and as a group.
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on May 16, 2018
I am so impressed I am purchasing several copies for gifts . It is his life. It is not about just Trump, Down to Earth writing, interesting and an eye opener!
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on May 16, 2018
Humbling, illuminating, sincere and truly informative. As someone who has no interest in politics and very little insight into the world of law enforcement, I am so glad I read this book. Thanks Dir. Comey for your service and moral leadership.
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