By Nick Bilton
The incredible real tale of the guy who outfitted a billion-dollar on-line drug empire from his bed room – and virtually acquired away with it.
In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old programmer named Ross Ulbricht introduced the final word unfastened industry: the Silk street, a clandestine site hosted at the darkish net the place an individual may perhaps alternate something – medicinal drugs, hacking software program, solid passports, counterfeit funds, 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 quick 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 endlessly, the Feds raced opposed to the clock to seize a guy they weren’t yes even existed, looking for a needle within the haystack of the worldwide Internet.
Drawing on particular entry to key gamers and billion electronic phrases and photographs Ross left at the back of, New York Times bestselling writer Nick Bilton deals a story choked with twists and turns, fortunate breaks and incredible shut calls. It’s a narrative of the boy subsequent door’s ambition long past felony, spurred on by means of the conflict among the hot international of libertarian-leaning, nameless, decentralised internet advocates and the outdated international of presidency keep an eye on, order and the guideline of law.
Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by way of an marvelous climax, American Kingpin could be brushed off 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