The Director: A Novel

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W.W. Norton, 2014 - Fiction - 386 pages
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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.

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User Review  - kerns222 - LibraryThing

You have to realize that this book is a primer on: hacking, dysfunctional clandestine orgs, German hacker culture, international banking, street directions to secret organizations, badass domination ... Read full review

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A little historical tidbit I picked up from this novel (which I verified independently): the British Secret Service was instrumental in getting the American intelligence establishment in place ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

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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