Former FBI director James Comey’s memoir A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership (Macmillan) sold over 1m copies worldwide in the first month since publication in April and became a Sunday Times #1 bestseller in the UK. Since then Four Culture have been working with his publisher Pan Macmillan to bring Mr Comey to Europe, arranging a whistle-stop, headline-making tour of Berlin, London and Dublin two weeks ago – just as images of children on the US border provoked worldwide condemnation of President Trump in what Comey has described as his ‘biggest political mistake’ so far.
The team have made the most of every minute of his 24 hours in London, coordinating a packed media schedule including interviews with The Guardian’s G2, Channel 4’s Jon Snow, BBC Radio 4 World Tonight, BBC World HARDTalk, Economist Radio, the i newspaper and a BBC Panorama special set to run later in the summer. Many of the presenters and producers were surprised to find the 6’8” former FBI director accompanied by a publicist almost as tall – leading LBC’s Nick Ferrari to give Chris Baker a shout out as Comey’s ‘body double’ during his headline-making breakfast show interview on Friday morning.
The public highlight was an exclusive event with Intelligence Squared at the Barbican in London last Thursday. In front of a full house, Comey discussed some of the biggest topics of the past two years in American politics with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, from the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails ahead of the November 2016 election to the Trump campaign’s possible links with Russia. An enthusiastic audience of 2,000 hung on to his every word, and a podcast will be uploaded to the Intelligence Squared website shortly.
A vocal champion for the US justice system and ethical leadership, we can report that James Comey is just as inspiring in person. He’s also an excellent writer, so we thoroughly recommend the book if you’ve not had a chance to read it yet.