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

by Bilton, Nick (Author)

ISBN: 9780143129028

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 Silk Road, a Web site where anyone could trade anything-drugs, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons-without being traced. The federal government launched an epic manhunt for the site's elusive kingpin, with no leads or witnesses. All they knew was that he called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.

The Silk Road quickly took off, and Ross embraced his new role. He enlisted a loyal crew of allies and took increasingly drastic steps to protect himself-including ordering a hit on a former employee. As he made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren't sure even existed.

Drawing on exclusive access to key players and the two billion words and images Ross left behind, Nick Bilton offers a tale filled with twists and turns, lucky breaks and unbelievable close calls. It might be dismissed as too outrageous for fiction - but it's all too real.

Format: Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Portfolio, May 2018

Product Dimensions: 8.4 L × 5.5 W × 0 H

* Subject to availability