American Kingpin - Nick Bilton

American Kingpin

By Nick Bilton

  • Release Date: 2017-05-02
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Size: 18.73 MB
Score: 4.5
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Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom—and almost got away with it
 
In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything—drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons—free of the government’s watchful eye.
 
It wasn’t long before the media got wind of the new Web site where anyone—not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers—could buy and sell contraband detection-free. Spurred by a public outcry, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the site’s elusive proprietor, with no leads, no witnesses, and no clear jurisdiction. All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.
 
The Silk Road quickly ballooned into $1.2 billion enterprise, and Ross embraced his new role as kingpin. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold. Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took drastic steps to protect himself—including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren’t sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet.

Drawing on exclusive access to key players and two billion digital words and images Ross left behind, Vanity Fair correspondent and New York Times bestselling author Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls. It’s a story of the boy next door’s ambition gone criminal, spurred on by the clash between the new world of libertarian-leaning, anonymous, decentralized Web advocates and the old world of government control, order, and the rule of law. Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by an astonishing climax, American Kingpin might be dismissed as too outrageous for fiction. But it’s all too real.

Reviews

  • Super lame

    1
    By keppin_it_real_w_u
    All fluff. Hollywooded fiction. Don’t waste ur time
  • Well written and mostly unbiased

    4
    By CollegeTry
    It’s very thorough and moves through the story at a fair pace. I say mostly unbiased because it has a few seemingly self-righteous opinions.
  • American Kingpin

    5
    By Patrick Beau
    One of the best books I’ve ever read period! Two weeks after I read it the first time re-read the second time and it was even better! Patrick Beau
  • Excellent!!

    5
    By Yankees5825
    This book was excellent from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down, it was well written and very interesting. It was full of suspense, especially the end of the book it was heart pounding.
  • Must read

    5
    By productionking
    One of the few books I couldn’t put down. Intrigue, suspense and beautiful story telling.
  • Thanks

    5
    By wewwwwaat
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  • Could be better

    3
    By ppotena
    The story in its self is fascinating and entertaining. In my opinion, it’s not very well written. Dialogue between characters is poor and you can tell the author fails to stay objective at some points
  • American Kingpin.

    5
    Loved it. Well written and kept me fascinated. Amazing that it is a true story.
  • Incredible

    5
    By Anonymouse9
    If you’re even remotely interested in the story behind the Silk Road this is an amazing read, I was on the edge of my seat towards the end on how it all played out and it was beautifully written by this author definitely recommended. I learned a lot I didn’t know about the case and the backstory as well that I didn’t read about in the news when it broke, if you like this book there’s a similar book with a similar title by Kevin Poulsen called “Kingpin” which is a similar writing style and it’s thrilling as well.
  • A Must Read!

    5
    By cinserrajr
    A riveting story that I simply could not step away from, this book contains not just a recount of the life of the man behind the Silk Road, but rather an in-depth look at how he became an “American Kingpin” while still trying to maintain a semblance of his life as Ross Ulbricht. A ruthless drug lord, or an idealist and libertarian mastermind? You decide.

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