American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road

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 libertarian 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 passp The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom--and almost got a...

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Title:American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
Author:Nick Bilton
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:328 pages pages

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Reviews

  • Jason Pettus
    Oct 20, 2017
    DECLINED TO REVIEW. Generally speaking, it's a pretty typical phenomenon that when we get interested in a nonfiction book because of the subject it's covering, most of us are willing to put up with pretty lousy actual writing in order to read more about that subject, with me being no e...
  • Katherine Coble
    Jun 07, 2017
    The first half of the book was intriguing and fast paced. Then it got bogged down. Bilton keeps trying to find ways to make the story interesting but instead mires it in unnecessary detail. I didn't need to read 1500 words describing a run-down house in Utah where some drug dealer had ...
  • Nisha D
    Sep 20, 2017
    This book was sooooo gooood! I felt like I really understood the different characters and their motivations. I highly recommend it for people who are interested in crime dramas (which I'm usually not) or for people who enjoy a well written, well researched book. ...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Jan 20, 2017
    Holy awesome read batman!! If you like literary story telling that just happens to be a roller coaster of legit events~ you'll love this too! It has every element of a good narrative, while being able to google all the characters and timelines = story happiness! ...
  • Charlene
    May 19, 2017
    I knew from Chapter One that I was going to love this book. Having previously read Bilton's Hatching Twitter created high hopes and Bilton did not dissipoint! Immediately addicted, I was worried that I was going to blow through this book in the first day. The thought of not having it t...
  • Ryan Shaw
    May 02, 2017
    I don't have the energy or will to write an actual review but I will say this: I started the book and then I finished the book. There may have been a bathroom break in there but this book had me from beginning to end. ...
  • Ammar
    Sep 26, 2017
    This book that reads like a thriller is pure joy and information. The author did a great job creating all the events based on primary documents and interviews with the people who took down The Silk Road. An adventure into the dark web, Tor, drugs, murders, an all you can buy from il...
  • Andrew Smith
    Jan 23, 2018
    Ross Ulbricht, born in Texas in 1984, is a libertarian and one of his staple beliefs is that people should be able to put into their bodies whatever they wish, including any type of drug they choose. To this end, he believes that the sale of drugs should be decriminalised. So it?s pr...
  • Nadia
    Apr 27, 2018
    It's amazingly well-written book -- it's real story but is so well written that it's being read like a fiction. Although there were so many different federal agents on the case that some times I got lost who is who. :) Even more than Ross's story it was interesting to read about kitc...
  • Chuck
    Jun 29, 2017
    5-stars Wow! This one really pisses me off, but it?s a marvelous read. What a shame that more nonfiction isn?t written in this style. This is the can't-miss book of the year, for sure. Guaranteed. ...
  • Virginia
    Jan 31, 2017
    A thrilling tale of the modern crime world that is so insane you couldn't make any of it up! Following the steps of Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind The Silk Road, and the law enforcement agents out to stop him, you get an incredible insight into the cyber criminal world and how...
  • Oscar Calva
    Nov 11, 2017
    "Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism." - Carl Jung "Most of the people on this site are just nerds," he said. "They're not ruthless drug lords." - Jared Der-Yeghiayan, DOHS special agent I remember when news started ...
  • Matthew Murray
    May 23, 2017
    This book is another reason why I don't read fiction anymore. Crazy story. ...
  • Chris
    May 11, 2017
    A great read, thoroughly researched and convincingly told. It illuminates the insightful idea but also the confounding shortcomings of Mr. Ulbricht, who was driven by idealism but ended up lost in hubris, which eventually brought him down. ...
  • Suhel Banerjee
    Feb 27, 2018
    Have been a Nick Bilton fan since reading Hatching Twitter a few years back, and if he could bring that sense of drama, tension, and excitement in a book about a 'regular' Silicon Valley startup with many corporate restructuring, I couldn't wait to see what he would do with the greates...
  • Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
    Oct 26, 2016
    I have a confession to make..... I had never heard of the black market website Silk Road until sometime last year. When an interpretation of the site was featured on Mr Robot's second season, my friend sent me a message that said "DPR!" with no other explanation. When I mentione...
  • James Cobo
    May 28, 2017
    Absolutely captivating I thought I was familiar with the story of the rise and fall of the Silk Road, but Nick Bilton took the story a million times further than I had expected it to go. The underlying narrative is inherently technical, but it's told so well that it feels like readi...
  • Mark Yellis
    May 20, 2017
    Remember the Silk Road website? Remember Dread Pirate Roberts? Do you? If so, you will find this well researched account of a young libertarian who became the most notorious criminal in the world over a stretch of a few years quite fascinating. I memba! ...
  • Paul ataua
    Sep 29, 2017
    I was really looking forward to finding out more about the whole Silk Road story, but even after a few pages of this I knew I would have to look elsewhere to get a more informed picture. The telltale signs were there from the beginning when the author, telling of minor incidents five o...
  • Roy
    Jul 25, 2017
    Really enjoyed this. A historical account of the online drug empire known as The Silk Road. Its written in that fiction style whilst allowing the true story to unfold. Not sure if all the facts presented are true but it makes for entertaining reading. Could definitely see Hollywood mak...
  • Nasser Salah
    Jun 17, 2017
    Ross Ulbricht, great man with a vision. libertarian he was. Sure. he wanted to make money. That was the libertairian way. But he wanted to free poeple too. There were millions of souls crammed into jails across the country because of drugs. mostly inconsequential drugs like weed and ...
  • Kathleen
    Jul 13, 2018
    Bilton is a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair where he often writes about technology, and is the author of Hatching Twitter. His experience in being able to present complicated internet technology concepts in a form understandable to the average reader proved to be invaluable in wr...
  • Tangled N Books
    Jun 29, 2017
    Read by Tina Reading a non-fiction novel was not a 2017 goal of mine. I happen upon the title when going through an email list of recommended readings I received from audible. What luck! It's captivating. Engrossing. Thrilling. It is almost like reading a real life story of Heis...
  • Gabe
    Feb 14, 2018
    I started this after listening to the first Silk Road episode on the CaseFile podcast, which piqued my interest. After reading a slew of true crime books (related to serial killers), I needed a palate cleanser. I finished this book in two days. I enjoyed the writing style of Bilton, th...
  • Jess
    Jun 12, 2017
    It reads like it was written by a 16 year old who had to come up with something quickly for their English homework. So cliche and plays into so many stereotypes! I really wanted to get on with this book and had expectations due to the other reviews on here but ended up very disappointe...
  • John Tyson
    Jun 26, 2018
    Reads like a novel. Fun and easy. Some of the sh*t that Ross Ulbricht got up to as ?Dread Pirate Roberts? is unbelievable! Also, having some intel on the Silk Road probably ups your street cred. ...
  • SAM
    Jul 21, 2017
    "The Silk Road, after all, was just the platform - no different from Facebook or Twitter or Ebay - on which users communicated and exchanged ideas and currency. So who was DPR to err on the side of anything but yes? It wasn't as if twitter dictated what kind of opinions people could ...
  • Olivier Schreiber
    May 04, 2017
    Ross's mother wrote the following: A book called American Kingpin by Nick Bilton claims to be the ?unbelievable true story? of my son, Ross Ulbricht. After reading an online adaptation, I agree: It?s unbelievable. Just the headline and subhead demonstrate the hyperbole, sensati...
  • PiRAT
    Sep 27, 2017
    TL;DR: - Author tries to masquerade old tropes as a pitiful excuse for what happened with the silk road. If this was classed as a fiction, not making reference to the real Silk Road or Ross, then maybe, 2/3 stars? As a mediocre crime drama, idk, I don't really read that type of stuff. ...
  • Sam Soffes
    Jan 17, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book. A fair amount of it takes place a few minutes from where I live. Imagining the events unfolding in places I pass through everyday put me there as it was happening. After listening to this book, it makes me want to go build something amazing and change the...