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

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

Nick Bilton

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 passports, counterfeit cash, poisons-free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new Web site where anyone-not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers-could buy and sell contraband detection-free. Spurred by a public outcry, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the site's elusive proprietor, with no leads, no witnesses, and no clear jurisdiction. All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts. The Silk Road quickly ballooned into $1.2 billion enterprise, and Ross embraced his new role as kingpin. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold. Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took 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, Vanity Fair correspondent and 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, decentralized Web advocates and the old world of government control, order, and the rule of law.

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 passports, counterfeit cash, poisons-free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new Web site where anyone-not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers-could buy and sell contraband detection-free. Spurred by a public outcry, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the site's elusive proprietor, with no leads, no witnesses, and no clear jurisdiction. All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts. The Silk Road quickly ballooned into $1.2 billion enterprise, and Ross embraced his new role as kingpin. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold. Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took 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, Vanity Fair correspondent and 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, decentralized Web advocates and the old world of government control, order, and the rule of law.
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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 passports, counterfeit cash, poisons-free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new Web site where anyone-not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers-could buy and sell contraband detection-free. Spurred by a public outcry, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the site's elusive proprietor, with no leads, no witnesses, and no clear jurisdiction. All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts. The Silk Road quickly ballooned into $1.2 billion enterprise, and Ross embraced his new role as kingpin. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies in high and low places, all as addicted to the danger and thrill of running an illegal marketplace as their customers were to the heroin they sold. Through his network he got wind of the target on his back and took 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, Vanity Fair correspondent and 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, decentralized Web advocates and the old world of government control, order, and the rule of law.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Will Damron

Length:

12h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:49


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:05


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:56


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:30


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:30


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:39


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:59


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:13


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:39


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:02


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:10


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:26


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:24


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:21


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:13


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:24


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:24


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:09


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:52


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:15


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:18


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:55


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:54


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:14


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:09


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:43


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:31


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:46


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:14


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:45


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:14


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:11


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:31


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:15


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:56


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:30


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:46


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:03


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:22


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:04


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:36


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:26


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:58


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:19


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:58


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:09


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:46


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:05


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:10


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:37


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:48


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:43


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:16


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:28


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:34


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:27


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:19


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:42


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:26


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:56


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:21


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:24


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:00


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:22


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

00:34