Sitting at number two on Amazon’s list of best-selling nonfiction a month in advance of its April 17th release date, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, the memoir from former FBI Director James Comey, is poised to join the ranks of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury as the latest Trump administration best-selling tell-all. The book’s pre-sales no doubt benefited from a Saturday Twitter exchange that found the president calling Comey “sanctimonious” and alleging he knew of “lies and corruption” at the FBI.
Comey responded with a tastefully oblique plug:
What the book is about.
The book’s publisher describes it as a wide-ranging memoir that encompasses Comey’s entire career: "Never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career-from prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia."
It’s still not known exactly what details the book will reveal about Comey’s brief, contentious relationship with President Trump. The memoir's publisher, Flatiron Books, is aggressively guarding the manuscript, according to Politico, using a password-protected electronic system and a project code name rather than distributing print drafts to agents and editors.
"The project is stored under a code name so that staffers who are not involved in the project wouldn’t know where to find it if they tried," Politico reports. "At warehouses that will ship out copies of the book, workers are being asked to sign nondisclosure agreements, according to people familiar with the procedures.
"And while books typically ship out from warehouses about two weeks before their official publication dates-sometimes landing on bookstore shelves days early-the shipping date for Comey’s book is expected to be moved closer to the publication date to keep a tighter lid on the physical copies."
The book tour everyone will be watching.
Axios published the itinerary for Comey’s national book tour, which will find him speaking in major cities around the country throughout April and May. Comey will also promote the book via television appearances:
- April 15: 20/20, which airs at 10 pm ET on ABC, with ABC News George Stephanopoulos.
- April 17: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which airs at 11:35 pm ET on CBS.
- April 18: The View on ABC.
This story will be updated if more television appearances are scheduled.
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