Random House Presents The Unabridged Downloadable Audiobook Edition Of American Kingpin By Nick Bilton, Read By Will Damron From New York Times Best Selling Author Nick Bilton Comes A True Life Thriller About The Rise And Fall Of Ross Ulbricht, Aka The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Founder Of The Online Black Market Silk Road In , Ulbricht, AYear Old Libertarian Idealist And Former Boy Scout, Launched A Website Where People Could Buy Anything Anonymously, With No Trail Whatsoever That Could Lead Back To Them He Called It Silk Road, Opened For Business On The Dark Web, And Christened Himself The Dread Pirate Roberts After The Princess Bride Character The Site Grew At A Tremendous Pace, Quickly Becoming ABillion Enterprise Where You Could Buy Or Sell Drugs, Hacking Software, Forged Passports, Counterfeit Cash, Guns, Grenades, And Poisons The Silk Road Soon Caught The Attention Of The Feds, Who Embarked On An Epic Two Year Manhunt For The Site S Proprietor Ulbricht, In The Meantime, Struggled To Maintain Control Of His Double Life And His Marketplace, Which He Originally Started To Prove That Legalising Drugs Could Make Society Safer He Gradually Abandoned His Libertarian Ideals To Rule Silk Road With Increasingly Authoritarian Force At One Point He Engaged The Services Of Hired Hitmen To Take Out Employees He Felt Had Wronged Him Soon Some Of The Federal Agents Who Were Supposed To Be Hunting For Ulbricht Were Lured Into The Dark World And Switched Sides To Join Him This Is A True Life Thriller About Ambition Gone Awry, Spurred On By The Defining Clash Of Our Time The New World Of Libertarian Leaning, Anonymous, Decentralised Web Advocates And The Old World Of Government Control, Order And The Rule Of Law Bilton S Dazzling Rendering And Gift For Narrative Make For An Endlessly Fascinating Drama

8 thoughts on “American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire

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    This is a really well written and fully researched non fiction story of a remarkable young man Ross Albricht was a natural genius who chose to use his gift for extreme criminality He set up the most famous online secret marketplace in the world, The Silk Road, which allowed people to trade anything Drugs, guns, poisons, even body parts The story tells of a sensitive, caring young man who has a passion for making a massive impact on the world His main initial interest is in the area of libertarianism and his extreme views in this direction lead him, with no previous computer experience, to set up the ultimate libertarian for which read anarchic web site in the world where anything goes Unfortunately, this leads him to intense criminality including ordering torture and murder when crossed The story tells, also, of the clever intricate work of the investigative law enforcement agencies of the States, most of whom work tirelessly to bring down the Web site and find its creator Some of the officers, however, cannot resist placing their own hands on the till.This is a page turner and a wonderful story which kept me fascinated right to the obvious final conclusion which you know is coming but just have to watch unfold in all of its rich details A great book

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    This is the first book I ve read on years and I really struggled to put this book down It s so gripping and just left me wanting The chapters are very short so it makes it easy to read just one chapter again making it harder to put down The story is fascinating and so well written going into immense detail without being boring This book has sparked a new love of reading Thank you Nick Bilton

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    This was a really gripping read I went into it only have a vague idea of the Silk Road and the guy behind it, but the story goes into a huge amount of detail about him, his development of the site, and the various investigations into the Silk Road It reminds me a bit of Breaking Bad, how the guy starts from nothing and rises up to be huge in the drug criminal world, whilst multiple government agencies try to track him down.It s an easy read as well, very interesting and I raced through it.

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    It reads like a novel, short chapters which jump from person to person, which suits me well I am a developer myself so found it very interesting as I know a bit about the web A really interesting factual story Only bad point.It appears to have been very well researched but Bilton the author must be adding bits here and there for effect considering he never interviewed Ross and others which kind of makes it a bit less factual in parts, but it does add a bit drama and I didn t mind that.

  5. says:

    Fantastic book Really enjoyed reading it over the summer The way it s written is interesting as it throws you back and forth from multiple characters points of view Confusing at first but effective in the end Highly recommend it if you re into conspiracy theories as it has that kind of feel, written very well and even has a few pics to set the scene in your mind.

  6. says:

    Managed to maintain little pockets of suspense all the way through, even though you knew the ending Held the attention all the way to the final page The only challenge was keeping track of all the different players and remembering who they were as the story progressed First class anti hero tale, told really well.

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    It was a little slow going at the start but once you get into it you got through it This is a fantastic well written story on the Silk road is, how it came about and how it was taken down A most read for anyone who has an interest in the internet and how it impacts people s lives

  8. says:

    A truly well told story from start to finish by the author Definitely recommended to anybody looking at this with a passing interest.