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    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 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website 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 website 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 a $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 best-selling 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.

    ©2017 Nick Bilton (P)2017 Penguin Audio

    Kritikerstimmen

    “An astonishingly well-researched narrative.... Bilton's storytelling bears not so much as a trace of fat; the book he's conjured is so sharp and bright that it can be whipped through in the airport lounge before the flight takes off." (The Globe and Mail)

    "Unbelievably riveting." (Casey Neistat) 

    “I dare you not to read this book in one sitting. Masterfully reported and written, Bilton’s book drops you hard into the dark heart of the most famous Internet crime to date. A first-rate thrill.” (Joshua Cooper Ramo, author of The Seventh Sense

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    Fascinating true story

    Nick Bilton does an excellent job at telling the story of the biggest manhunt in recent American history. I truly enjoyed it from beginning to the end.

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    A non-fiction cyber thriller

    The Silk Road was the first dark web marketplace, and this book tells the story if how it came to be. Very well written with some amazing background checking, must have been a lot of work.

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    Good book, badest voice ever

    Speaker sounds like Siri, or another computer voice. Awful. I cannot understand how they could have choosed such a bad speaker.

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    Couldnt put it down

    This story of the "amazon of drugs" is full of suspense and very well written. I usually listen to audiobooks before I go to sleep but this one dragged me so deep into the topic of black markets and Ross' ideology that I just couldnt put it down. Just one more chapter... Highly recommended if you enjoy a good crime story. The reader isnt my favorite, but talented.

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    Intense

    Well read and exciting to listen to. Amazing true story written like an action, spy, thriller movie.