The New York Times has a review up of James Comey's new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.
If we can rely on the review as an accurate portrayal of the book, it is one strange book.
The reviewer Michiko Kakutani tells us:
The volume offers little in the way of hard news revelations about investigations by the F.B.I. or the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III (not unexpectedly, given that such investigations are ongoing and involve classified material), and it lacks the rigorous legal analysis that made Jack Goldsmith’s 2007 book “The Terror Presidency” so incisive about larger dynamics within the Bush administration.But it appears to provide numerous commentary that one would think would come out of the mind of a bad mystery novelist:
He notices, for instance, “the soft white pouches under” Trump’s “expressionless blue eyes”; coyly observes that the president’s hands are smaller than his own “but did not seem unusually so”; and points out that he never saw Trump laugh — a sign, Comey suspects, of his “deep insecurity, his inability to be vulnerable or to risk himself by appreciating the humor of others, which, on reflection, is really very sad in a leader, and a little scary in a president.”...Comey is blunt about what he thinks of the president, comparing Trump’s demand for loyalty over dinner to “Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony — with Trump, in the role of the family boss, asking me if I have what it takes to be a ‘made man.’”In the end, it appears that we will learn more about Comey than Trump from this book and that what we learn is that Comey has a distorted Maltese Falcon-style vision of the world. Is this the way he operated when he was with the FBI?
Do other FBI agents think in this bizarre fashion?