I want to rate this is two ways and fair warning I think it worth 5 stars in both ways.
First is the writing. James Comey never struck me a great storyteller in any of the times I had seen him in
an interview or testifying, but his attention to detail and impeccable memory serve him very well. When he writes about these meetings with powerful people over important issues, he does an amazing job of making me feel like I am write there. In the uncomfortable silence between him and Trump, I feel like a fly on the wall, in a tense stand off with bush officials over John Ashcrofts hospital bed I almost feel like an FBI Agent is going to ask me to leave. James Comey does a great job of setting all these scenes, of making you see these powerful people in the way he saw them. The structure of the book is great too, it doesn't tell any kind of linear tale but mostly is told as his career progressed, but it jumps back and forth at times, huge chunks of his professional career are not told to, but this serves the narrative quite well as the stories he does tell serve to make you understand the events and people that molded James Comey and form his moral fiber.
The story is simply a joy to read, even if you wish it had a happier ending. James Comey is funny, charming and most importantly interesting. He does a great job of helping the reader understand the basics of the inner workings of the FBI, of the Justice Department, and the relationship all of them play to politics. He never makes it overwhelming and I certainly don't feel like an expert at any of that, but I understood it enough to enjoy and follow the stories Comey told.
The second way I need to review this book is a nonfiction book, an account of very recent events and in many cases events that are still unfolding as of my writing of this review. I think many people are going to go into this book with a strong feeling one way or another about James Comey. I didn't know how I should feel about him going in, and will honestly admit I read the book because I am sure this is one of the books that Trump would hate. I openly admit that I detest Trump and couldn't wait to hear any of the juicy parts of this book that painted him badly, of them there are quite a few. But as for Comey and his part in current events and in the possible making of Trump, I hadn't reached a conclusion. I knew him mostly because of Clintons emails and Trump's interactions with him and subsequent firing of. During the course of the book Comey constantly is trying to bring you into his mind to let you see what he was thinking at the pivotal moments. He hardly stamps his foot and demand that you come to the same conclusions that he did, but he does his best to help you understood what challenges he faced and what options he had. I am not sure I would have made the same choices he did, but I am also not sure I wouldn't have either, given his explanations. He seems like a genuine guy, and I know he has reasons to lie about his motivations and actions but there doesn't seem to be any sense of that in this book. He seems to be a talented and ambitious man, but a man of honor and integrity, a person who can be loyal to others that he considers honorable people, his descriptions and feelings toward John Ashcroft and Barack Obama are both quite glowing. My feelings toward James Comey are very positive from this book, I feel like we could use more people like him right now and I thank him for his service to our country.
One addition note, I listened to the audiobook and highly recommend it, James Comey's reading is terrific.