The Director

By David Ignatius
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393078145, 386pp.)

Publication Date: June 2014

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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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.

Weber turns to a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center. He's the CIA's in-house geek. Weber launches Morris on a mole hunt unlike anything in spy fiction one that takes the reader into the hacker underground of Europe and America and ends up in a landscape of paranoia and betrayal. Like the new world of cyber-espionage from which it's drawn, The Director is a maze of deception and double dealing, about a world where everything is written in zeroes and ones and nothing can be trusted. The CIA has belatedly discovered that this is not your father s Cold War, and Weber must play catch-up, against the clock and an unknown enemy, in a game he does not yet understand."




NPR
Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014

Alan Cheuse reviews two new spy novels: David Igantius' The Director and Adam Brookes' Night Heron. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014

Veteran reporter David Ignatius' new novel explores the sometimes dangerous intersection between hacker culture and the world of intelligence � and offers a prescription for a new kind of agency. More at NPR.org

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