The Director

The Director Graham Weber has been 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 o

  • Title: The Director
  • Author: David Ignatius
  • ISBN: 9780393078145
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Graham Weber has been 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 isn t sure where to turn until he meets a charismatic and unstable young man named James MorGraham Weber has been 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 isn t sure where to turn until he meets 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.

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    1. ”A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.”---Marcus Tullius CiceroCicero, still making the calls for the 21st century.We are living in a Post-Edward Snowden world. Snowden, if it is not already [...]

    2. "[She] went shopping at the Whole Foods Maket on Leesburg Pike in Tyson's Corner. She had run out of skim milk, Greek yogurt, breakfast cereal and fruit, which were the things she most liked to eat."Once I got past the tiny thrill of, hey, I've been by that Whole Foods, and I also enjoy fruit, this sentence was the breaking point for me. As a rule, I don't abandon books, but after this, the nth in a long line of tired, over-expository filler, long on telling and short of every kind of showing, I [...]

    3. Interesting story about Graham Weber the new Director of the CIA. His first week as The Director, he decides that there is a mole in the CIA who is leaking their secrets to other countries. He starts to conduct an investigation quietly and entrusting a handful of people to help him. Then there is James Morris the head of the Information Operations Center who used to be a hacker. He is pretty much too smart for his own good. He is conducting a secret mission outside of the CIA to hack into The Ba [...]

    4. What a fun spy novel! Just a little foreshadowing, and a whole lot of misdirection, with characters you want to believe, but you're not sure you should! I always love a book with somewhat sketchy "narrators". If you remember the great "Jack Ryan" novels (before the deluge of movie adaptations), then you'll recognize the modus operandi of this book. I definitely recommend this one as a super read for summer time! You could slip it in your beach bag or read it on the plane. I received this book fr [...]

    5. This is my first read as part of my "I Want Michiko's Job" challenge, where I read every book Kakutani reviews. I did not enjoy this book on several levels. At the outset I was intrigued by the relevant topic of the NSA, Wikileaks and cyber hacking, but as the plot moved forward, things began to fall apart and lose momentum. One issue I had was parts of the book felt incredibly dull, which is weird for a thriller. I wouldn't even say it was because things were technical, I would say it was more [...]

    6. Удивително скучна книга. Уж трябваше да е трилър с елементи на хакерщина, а всъщност е толкова добро приспивно четиво, че трябва да се продава със зелена рецепта вместо диазепам. И да има задължително предупреждение, че след четенето му трябва да се въздържате от шофиране и [...]

    7. I respect Ignatius for his writing and his thinking. I've enjoyed listening to him on various newsmaker talk shows and I subscribe to the WashPo. Having said that, I think this effort is subpar for him. The good guys - mainly, Weber, the protag, and his ally, Weiss, weren't believable. They were smart but oddly passive. The most aggressive thing Weber does some investigating, the most critical of which comes from his asking some highly placed secret friends to investigate the prime suspects, whi [...]

    8. One of the best (if not the best) espionage books I have ever read. It is an intriguing look at the cyber world and how we are all affected by it. It is very "Good Read". One of the best things for me, is that I won it from , so I got an excellent book for free

    9. Προτερήματα:- Έχει πολλούς διαλόγους! Αυτό είναι καλό για έναν αναγνώστη που ναι μεν του αρέσουν τα αστυνομικά μυθιστορήματα, αλλά δεν μπορεί να διαβάζει μεγάλα σε έκταση κι όγκο κείμενα, που μπουκώνουν τις σελίδες με περιγραφικές και αφηγηματικές παραγράφους που αποτυπών [...]

    10. Wow! That was a really fun ride. A great big thank you to the First Reads program and the publisher for a free look-see.Imagine, if you will, that the CIA has a new chief, and he's a good guy who wants to do the right thing. How much chaos might this create?I am, of course, not a fan of the CIA, so I have to play make-believe to enjoy the premise. My heroes are Marx and Engels; my teenager's hero is Edward Snowden. And in this lovely bit of spy-craft by the experienced David Ignatius, the CIA w [...]

    11. This great political thriller had me rubbing my hands together with glee at the end of every few chapters as I was so enticed to see what would happen next.As political thrillers go it has all the elements that you could want - fast paced, topical story with just enough hinting at real life events to allow for a veneer of credibility. What it doesn't have, thankfully, are any of the oldie but goodie characters - loner guy who is intelligent and roughly handsome (or very handsome) who can kill al [...]

    12. The Director by David Ignatius, a post 9-11 Horror NovelEvery swipe of your credit card is an act of faith. Capitalism runs on trust in the rule of law. In David Ignatius’ new novel “The Director,” he shows just how frail the system is that we place our faith in with every transaction.Graham Weber, the director of the novel’s title, takes the job as Director of the CIA after staring down the agency from the corporate CEO’s chair over the issue of illegal surveillance. Weber is a reform [...]

    13. This is one of the best CIA-inspired novels I have ever read—ever. Ignatius keeps the confusion of various acronyms and associations to a minimum and manages to lead us through the tangle of computer-ese that’s necessary in writing today’s spy novels. It’s not all about covert humint shenanigans any more. In fact the chilling realization in this novel is that we are only a byte or two away from serious cyber war fought on an international level by numerous enemies of us and each other. T [...]

    14. I won a copy from First Reads.Honestly, my heart wasn't in the story. My mind was mostly sarcastically making fun of the main character, Graham Weber, along with several other main characters. I don't know why I was making fun of these characters, but something about their personalities must had really set me off. Maybe it was because it was too serious for me. (I have no idea how it was too serious for me. I read biographies and managed to hit it off, along with math books). Most likely (I mea [...]

    15. Received an Advance Reading Copy from W.W. Norton through GoodReads First Reads giveaway. The book arrived rather quickly, less than a week after being notified that I won. This was my first time reading Ignatius, though I had seen the movie Body of Lies.From the description of the book that begins "Graham Weber has been 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 [...]

    16. David Ignatius, a great reporter for the Washington Post, is also an exciting novelist. "The Director" takes you inside the inter workings of the CIA and the shadowy world of international hackers. Spies don't steal information--they change it. It's hard to know the truth. The story begins as Graham Weber has been the director for less than a week when he meets a grubby character who claims the CIA has been hacked. Ignatius started this book before all of the Edward Snowden revelations and this [...]

    17. I have read numerous spy novels by Littell, LeCarre and Ignatius but this one is truly scary as it explores the potential (reality) for intrusion, surveillance, and disruption in cyberspace. The pacing is relentless and the detail is both compelling and disturbing. Following the unfolding of the plot is a bit like coming upon a a car wreck on the highway. It's shocking and awful but you feel compelled to look anyway. Clearly, David Ignatius has set the standard for the espionage novel in the 21s [...]

    18. If half of this complex tale is true we are all in deep hacker shit, my friends. Although this was written awhile ago, the contemporary issues with our security services resonate in a chilling way.

    19. Our headlines are full of real world examples of cyberwarfare, computer espionage, and hacker exploits. David Ignatius is a reporter for the Washington Post, so I expected that he would use some of these daring and outrageous stories as a starting point for an exciting thriller. Instead, The Director is the story of, well, nothing really.The hero, Graham Weber, is a brilliant telecom billionaire who somehow sort of stumbles into the job of CIA director, at which point his intelligence seems to e [...]

    20. *****3.5 stars*****Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.Graham Weber has been 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 isn’t sure where to turn until he meets a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center. [...]

    21. The first week at a new job is rough for anyone, but what if you're the new director of the CIA and a German kid off the street just informed you that every agent in Europe is exposed? Such is the promising hook of The Director, a novel involving conspiracies within conspiracies, told through meeting after meeting. The news that the CIA's internal networks are compromised grows more ominous after the German is found with a Russian bullet in his head, but for most of the work the 'action' consist [...]

    22. Graham Weber, is the recently appointed head of the CIA when he receives news that the organization has been hacked. He enlists James Morris, a super hacker himself, who is one of his department heads to track down the hackers. Weber is a billionaire businessman with no experience in the intelligence community. Given his lack of relevant background, I often found it hard to believe his actions. I thought that the parts of the book dealing with the hacking community were both plausible and intere [...]

    23. THE DIRECTOR is the latest offering from Washington Post columnist David Ignatius and it is a killer. Set in the new world of espionage where the battlefield is the internet, hackers are the soldiers and the sides are very murky indeed, THE DIRECTOR follows the path of Graham Weber as he moves from the land of the successful businessman into the maze of politics and international intrigue. Within days of his assuming the leadership of the CIA, a young underground hacker tells the bureau chief in [...]

    24. The first espionage thriller that I have read in the post-Snowden world. The title of this novel points to a new Director of the CIA who is brought into the CIA to clean it up after the previous Director was removed from his post due to legal issues. The new Director was a CEO of a large telephone company who fought the NSA and CIA on providing access to their customers records, so he came into the CIA with the support of some, but not many people. From Day One, the new Director knows something [...]

    25. This book was given to me free of charge through the First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.Firstly, so sorry this review took some time to fully write. Life got in the way :/I am not usually the first to pick up a book with a spy/espionage theme, but I entered in the off chance that I would end up maybe winning and liking this one - and I did.The plot is very intriguing and well thought out. The characters were very believable and the book makes for a quick read. I began reading [...]

    26. This is a giveaway book that I won. I hardly put it down once I started reading it.A billionaire technology mogul is appointed Director of the CIA. He has no previous experience in government.There are hackers worldwide working to bring down BIS, a Swiss clearing bank, which would put financial markets worldwide in chaos. The leader of these rogue hackers is the CIA Director of Information Operations. The Director of National Intelligence is working with the Russians and aware of the danger the [...]

    27. Ignatius' latest provides a nightmare look at the power of hackers and the vulnerability of all our systems. During his first week as director of CIA, Graham Weber learns that their computers have been hacked. We know that James Morris, the agency's top computer man, is also involved in some shady transactions with people he shouldn't be dealing with. Some reviews complain about all the detail, but with George Guidall reading, it just slips by. Compulsive listening, nightmare tone, engaging char [...]

    28. This is one of the best books I have read in awhile. How closely it relates to everything we do everyday on our computers. What access there is out there to those who know how to use it, is frightening. This is a must-read and hope your computer doesn't crash while you are reading it, like mine did. I ran to the book to finish it quickly and see if I could learn anything. David Ignatius is a wonderful writer. He is convincing, can hold your attention and yet turn you around another corner and ha [...]

    29. The CIA, corruption, cyber-spieswhat's not to like? Aside from all the acronyms, that get a little confusing, the storyline kept me reading. Ignatius' twists and turns work well with his "intelligence characters." Tying together the threads of Internet, spies, and government make this book a page turner. There's even a little romance/sexual tension thrown in for good measure. The ending was a little anti-climatic. This book definitely makes you think about the technology we use everyday and who [...]

    30. I love David Ignatius. I would liken this book to a Le Carre' novel in that I get the feeling that he is portraying a very real occurrence that happened in the clandestine service, but it wasn't as entertaining as say Body of Lies. I would recommend this novel, but be ready for the interoffice politics. It does pick up nicely toward the end. To me, the rest reads like an non-fiction account written in the voice of an omniscient narrator. I.e. -- I really did like the book and it is very smartly [...]

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