By Nick Bilton
The incredible actual tale of the guy who outfitted a billion-dollar on-line drug empire from his bed room – and virtually received away with it.
In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old programmer named Ross Ulbricht introduced the last word unfastened industry: the Silk highway, a clandestine site hosted at the darkish net the place a person may possibly alternate something – medicines, hacking software program, cast passports, counterfeit money, poisons – freed from the government’s watchful eye. whereas the government have been project an epic two-year manhunt for the site’s elusive owner, the Silk highway fast ballooned right into a $1.2 billion enterprise.
Ross embraced his new position as kingpin, taking drastic steps to guard himself – together with ordering successful on a former worker. As Ross made plans to vanish ceaselessly, the Feds raced opposed to the clock to trap a guy they weren’t yes even existed, trying to find a needle within the haystack of the worldwide Internet.
Drawing on specific entry to key avid gamers and billion electronic phrases and pictures Ross left at the back of, New York Times bestselling writer Nick Bilton deals a story packed with twists and turns, fortunate breaks and incredible shut calls. It’s a narrative of the boy subsequent door’s ambition long gone felony, spurred on by way of the conflict among the recent international of libertarian-leaning, nameless, decentralised internet advocates and the previous international of presidency keep an eye on, order and the rule of thumb of law.
Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by way of an superb climax, American Kingpin may be disregarded as too outrageous for fiction. yet it’s all too real.
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American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire by Nick Bilton