By Nick Bilton
The unimaginable precise tale of the guy who outfitted a billion-dollar on-line drug empire from his bed room – and nearly acquired away with it.
In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old programmer named Ross Ulbricht introduced the last word unfastened industry: the Silk street, a clandestine website hosted at the darkish net the place a person may perhaps exchange whatever – medicinal drugs, hacking software program, cast 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 function as kingpin, taking drastic steps to guard himself – together with ordering successful on a former worker. As Ross made plans to vanish without end, the Feds raced opposed to the clock to capture a guy they weren’t certain even existed, trying to find a needle within the haystack of the worldwide Internet.
Drawing on specific entry to key gamers and billion electronic phrases and photographs Ross left in the back of, New York Times bestselling writer Nick Bilton deals a story choked with twists and turns, fortunate breaks and unimaginable shut calls. It’s a narrative of the boy subsequent door’s ambition long gone felony, spurred on by means of the conflict among the recent global of libertarian-leaning, nameless, decentralised net advocates and the outdated global of presidency regulate, order and the rule of thumb of law.
Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by means of an mind-blowing climax, American Kingpin may be pushed aside 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