The Director: A Novel

The Director: A Novel

by David Ignatius


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A New York Times Bestseller. “If you think cybercrime and potential worldwide banking meltdown is a fiction, read this sensational thriller.”—Bob Woodward, Politico

Graham Weber has been the director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents' names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads. Like the new world of cyber-espionage from which it's drawn, The Director is a maze of double dealing, about a world where everything is written in zeroes and ones—and nothing can be trusted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393350593
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/04/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 458,199
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Ignatius is a prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for nearly three decades. He has written several New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Director. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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The Director 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this cyber-thriller very entertaining & chillingly plausible. I think the low ratings given by others are unfair. -- catwak
webspelunker More than 1 year ago
Let's just say that David Ignatius is no John Le Carre! While I have considerable respect for his journalistic skills and make a point of listening to him when he's on TV, this book was a disappointment. I learned of it from one of Ignatius's TV interviews and I was intrigued by the plot. The premise was good the execution was not. Characters are cardboard and stereotypes of a type that I thought went out with disco. Their motivations appear contradictory. (Although, if this is what DC is really like, and the author should know, then this goes a long way to explaining what's going on inside the Beltway!) The last several chapters appear rushed as if Ignatius had to get done before going somewhere. I felt that the plot was illogical in places. I haven't read any of his other works and maybe they're better. I'll try another to see. But, I wouldn't recommend anyone else to start reading this author's works with this book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I especially appreciate how current THE DIRECTOR is considering it's heavy amount of technology and that I read it five plus since written. Bravo.
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Seemed Long
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Brodk More than 1 year ago
I am not sure how to review this. Ignatius obviously knows his subject, and he creates characters that dramatize the issues surrounding hacking in the intelligence community. I really liked his "Body of Lies", but this one falls flat. The characters are not real, somehow, and this affects everything else. I stopped reading in the middle so maybe it does get better, but I didn't have the energy to find out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read from  Ignatius, couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feel ripped off. $12.99 and all pages are blank. I am going back to kindle