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The Director: A Novel

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 31, 2014 – In this frighteningly convincing spy thriller from Ignatius (Bloodmoney), former entrepreneur Graham Weber has a new job: director of the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization suffering in "the post-Snowden era" of whistle-blowers and cyberterrorism. During Weber's first week on the job, Rudolf Biel walks into the U.S. consulate in Hamburg, Germany, and tells base chief K.J. "Kitten" Sandoval that "your messages can be read." Weber sends his brilliant technologist, James Morris, director of the agency's Information Operations Center, to Germany to meet with Biel, but Biel is shot and killed before he can be interviewed. The action revolves around the source of the leak Biel identified, which turns into a plot to hack and destroy the Bank of International Settlements. Why this bank? "Because it's a symbol of everything that has gone wrong since 1945." Ignatius builds palpable momentum and creates engaging, fully human characters, notably the fallible and conscientious Weber. Moreover, he writes with great authority on hackers' technologies and motivations, as well as the history and culture of the CIA.

Customer Reviews

The Director

Oh, dear. Is David Ignatius too busy in these busy times at the Washington Post to bother to write a decent novel anymore? This was so so so disappointing -- predictable from beginning to end, very juvenile in plot and character development. Tens of themes wordily opened and dropped. Who cares about the troubles of the boarding school sons of the divorced father, the CIA general counsel's hair, and how many times we hear that the new generation of geek employees at the CIA get to wear t-shirts to work -- unless that is important to the plot? Such weird diversions (and more of them) get 5% (each) of text and 0% of consequence in the plot. Very disappointing.

The Director

It’s always wonderful to read a novel where you learn new things and are totally entertained. Could not give this book with a higher recommendation.


Another intelligent and suspenseful espionage novel by Mr. Ignatius. This novel gives us a glimpse into the modern intelligence world of 1's and 0's and realistically portrays the dangers and difficulties of defending against competent individuals sitting behind computer screens.

The Director: A Novel
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jun 02, 2014
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Seller: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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