An FBI Code for the Business World
Frank Figliuzzi's memoir of FBI failures and triumphs makes the case for a corporate code of excellence
Frank Figliuzzi has been on TV so much he may turn out to be this generation’s Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the handsome face of the FBI in an immensely popular, long running TV show during the 1960s and ‘70s.
Figliuzzi, who retired from the FBI as assistant director for counterintelligence in 2012, is best known for his TV appearances attacking Donald Trump for kow-towing to Vladimir Putin, firing James Comey and beating up on Comey’s replacement, Christopher Wray. Now, having spent 25 years working his way up the FBI ladder in major field offices as well as its headquarters, Figliuzzi has undertaken to burnish the battered bureau’s image with a brisk, lively memoir, The FBI Way: Inside the Bureau’s Code of Excellence. With a title like that, his publisher was surely aiming for the two most valuable pieces of real estate in the literary world: the executive-advice and spy-memoir book shelves in airports from New York to Tokyo.
And Figliuzzi is a good pitchman. “My inside observation perch gave…