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The Director: A Novel Hardcover – 20 Jun 2014

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (20 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393078140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393078145
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,994,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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"

[A] frighteningly convincing spy thriller. "

An entertaining, high-tech ride, full of theme park pyrotechnics and more substantial pleasures. As in his previous thrillers, Mr. Ignatius injects the plot with his wide-ranging knowledge of history, geopolitics and national security issues, while giving the reader an intimate sense of the tradecraft employed by his characters. --Michiko Kakutani"

[Ignatius] ought to be every bit as famous as a lot of thriller writers with bigger names and egos, and half as much intelligence ?the best spy novel I ve read since John le Carre s Smiley s People, way back in 1979. --Philip Kerr"

A lively read. "

The Director is not explicitly about Edward Snowden or the NSA, but it is all about the technological, commercial, governmental, and journalistic world in which that news is unfolding [a] page-turning read. --James Fallows"

I m not rolling a log or exaggerating when I call this the best spy novel I ve read since John le Carre s Smily s People way back in 1979 I now intend to read everything that Ignatius has ever written. --Philip Kerr"

[A] frighteningly convincing spy thriller.

As a writer, Ignatius doesn t know how to tell a bad story. His unparalleled understanding of the intelligence world propels his work so far above others who dabble in the field that there''s little comparison."

Ignatius has given readers another compelling and enlightening look at what might happen next month. Must-read twenty-first-century espionage fiction.

A lively read.

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"

Ignatius uses all his Washington insider experience to give his story its sharp authenticity.

If you think cybercrime and potential worldwide banking meltdown is a fiction, read this sensational thriller and reconsider any investing strategy you might have.--Bob Woodward

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"

An entertaining, high-tech ride, full of theme park pyrotechnics and more substantial pleasures. As in his previous thrillers, Mr. Ignatius...injects the plot with his wide-ranging knowledge of history, geopolitics and national security issues, while giving the reader an intimate sense of the tradecraft employed by his characters.--Michiko Kakutani

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

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

As a writer, Ignatius doesn't know how to tell a bad story. His unparalleled understanding of the intelligence world propels his work so far above others who dabble in the field that there's little comparison.

From the Inside Flap

The CIA was battered and bruised. It needed new blood, and Weber seemed like a man who might be able to turn things around.
When Graham Weber is appointed director of the CIA, the agency is at a vital crossroads. Its pride dented by the Snowden and WikiLeaks scandals, and its reputation damaged by his predecessor's errors of judgement, Weber has been given the job due to his reputation for facing challenges and facilitating change.
His eyes were bulging and red-veined. He spoke English with a German accent. His passport said he was from Zurich.
Yet within a week of his appointment, Weber receives the news that every CIA director most dreads. A young Swiss hacker - an enigmatic member of the digital underground - has walked into the American Consulate in Hamburg, claiming the CIA's systems have been compromised. And he has the evidence to prove it.
'They are coming for you.'
There is a mole inside the agency. And Weber must identify it, fast. He does not know where to look, he does not know whom to trust, and he does not have much time. And facing him is a tangled web of power and politics, and beneath that a digital maze of deception and duplicity, espionage and evasion, suspicion and treachery.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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