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The thrilling inside story of the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, the founder of The Silk Road.


A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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 twenty-six-year-old programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site 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. While the federal government were undertaking an epic two-year manhunt for the site’s elusive proprietor, the Silk Road quickly ballooned into a $1.2 billion enterprise.

Ross embraced his new role as kingpin, taking 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, New York Times bestselling 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, decentralised Web advocates and the old world of government control, order and the rule of law.

Reviews

Unbelievably riveting

Casey Neistat

Addictive reading

The Amazon Book Review

Impressive

New York Times

Astonishingly well-researched ... sharp and bright ... the definitive account of the Silk Road saga

The Globe and Mail

Amazing

HuffPost

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  • Paperback

    9780753547007

    July 16, 2018

    Virgin Books

    352 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9780753548004

    May 4, 2017

    Virgin Digital

    352 pages

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