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James Comey Is Writing a Political Tell-All That Might Actually Be Good

As we've learned from his recent work, the man's got a knack for constructing a narrative.
Drew Schwartz
Brooklyn, US
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Given that just about every big-shot politician who leaves the DC circus immediately inks a book deal, it's not surprising that ousted FBI director James Comey scored one of his own on Wednesday, according to Politico. And, unlike some other political tell-alls, Comey's book might actually be a good read: As we've gleaned from his recent writing, the man can set a damn scene.

Publisher Flatiron Books announced the multimillion-dollar deal Wednesday, promising that the book would reveal "yet-unheard anecdotes" about Comey's time on the Hill. Before Comey was abruptly fired by President Trump, he spent years as the FBI director under President Obama and served as US attorney and deputy attorney general under Clinton and Bush before that.

"His book promises to take us inside those extraordinary moments in our history, showing us how these leaders have behaved under pressure," Flatiron's publisher and president Bob Miller wrote in a statement. "By doing so, Director Comey will give us unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in leadership itself."

Comey can't give away everything, though. As a former employee of the FBI, his manuscript will be screened to make sure he's not revealing any government secrets, NPR reports. But that doesn't necessarily mean the book will be vague. Comey is known for taking exhaustive notes on his work, a trait thrust into the spotlight when he revealed he'd written down detailed (and sometimes entertaining) briefs about all of his meetings with Trump.

Before Comey's highly anticipated Senate hearing in June, he used those memos to put together the now-infamous prepared statement, which—aside from containing a few bombshells—was written with a solid sense of pacing, packed with detail, and displayed his knack for constructing a narrative. Hopefully, we'll get to see more of that natural-born talent when his book debuts next spring.

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