American Kingpin : Catching the Billion-Dollar Baron of the Dark Web
by Nick Bilton
Editor: Ebury Publishing
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A best-seller of the NEW YORK TIMES the incredible true story of the man who built a billion-dollar drug empire online from his bedroom – and almost ran away with itIn 2011, a twenty-six-year-old programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the dark Web where anyone could do nothing – drugs, poisons, fake money, fake passports, piracy software – free trade from the government’s watchful eye.While the federal government was indulging in an epic two-year manhunt for the elusive owners of the site, the silk road swollen quickly into a company $ 1.2 billionRoss embraced his new pivotal role, takes drastic steps to protect himself – including controlling a former employee at once.As Ross makes plans to disappear forever, the federal government ran against the clock to catch a man they weren’t even sure they existed, looking for a needle in a haystack of the global Internet.Based on exclusive access to players and 2 billion Ross keywords and keywords left behind, New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton offers a tale full of twists and turns, lucky jumps and incredible near-collision.It’s a story about the boy right next door is criminal ambition past ambition, spurred by the confrontation between the new world of libertarian tendency, anonymous, decentralized to the Web service and the old world of government control, order and rule of law.Filled with unforgettable characters and capped by an astonishing climax, American pivot could be dismissed as too scandalous for fiction.But it’s all too real.
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