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The Director

A Novel

David Ignatius (Author, The Washington Post)

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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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2015
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35059-3
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 384 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“The best spy novel I've read since John le Carré's Smiley's People…I now intend to read everything that Ignatius has ever written.” — Philip Kerr, Washington Post

“A savvy, engaging tale in which the technology and tradecraft are as interesting as the characters.” — Wall Street Journal

“An entertaining, high-tech ride, full of…pyrotechnics and more substantial pleasures.” — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“David Ignatius’s novels have always been a clef in the best sense: closely connected to, and very revealing and insightful about, the trends and tensions in the news…[A] page-turning read.” — James Fallows, Atlantic

“One of his best…Ignatius has a gift for portraying the soldiers of the CIA bureaucracy in all their ambition, heroism and pettiness, and what he suggests about the nation's cybersecurity will keep you up at night.” — Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times

“Another brilliant thriller from the Dean of International Intrigue. Deception, deceit, and dishonor—The Director doesn't let up and absolutely doesn't disappoint! I loved this book!” — Brad Thor, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Hidden Order

“The best part of The Director is watching Ignatius grab the history of American intelligence and use it to divine our technological future. Here's your chance to see inside the CIA. Sculpted with an insider's eye, The Director shows you real people, real espionage, and the real threats to our national security.” — Brad Meltzer, best-selling author of The Fifth Assassin

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