Like all controversial figures, James Comey is no stranger to criticisms from readers all across the political spectrum. Similar to the issues with reviews on Hillary Clinton’s What Happened and Michael Wolfe’s Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Comey’s new book has been inundated with one-star reviews from opponents and others trying to affect the book’s overall rating.
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With the onslaught of suspicious one-star reviews, Amazon has taken action and has begun to restrict non-Amazon verified purchase reviews of the book. In compliance with Amazon’s Community Guidelines, the restriction is enabled to prevent users from “contributing false, misleading, or inauthentic content.“
While the subreddit may be all fired up about not being able to leave a low-rated review, even if someone were to try and give it a 5-star review, unless they bought the book through Amazon, it won’t go through.
While some may argue that Amazon is just trying to silence Comey opponents, websites like Goodreads show that Comey’s book still has a 4.34-star rating without requiring verification of purchase of his book.
James Comey sure knows how to make headlines. Between his investigations into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and possible Russian collusion in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Comey has become a household name.
Publishers have taken notice. Flatiron Books will release Comey’s currently untitled book, which is expected to be finished in spring 2018.
Flatiron says the book will explore “what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions.” This may raise eyebrows on the left and right, as his decisions as FBI director were not without controversy. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have taken issue with Comey’s decision-making over the past year.
The book will contain “yet-unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career.” His career stretches back much further than his position as FBI director. He also served as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general during George W. Bush’s presidency.
Comey’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last month attracted 19.5 million viewers, and was dubbed “Washington’s Super Bowl.” During that hearing, Comey put on full display his extreme attention to detail. It will be fascinating to hear some of his currently unheard anecdotes, though, he will not be able to share classified information.