American Kingpin

American Kingpin

The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road

Book - 2017
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A true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road.
Publisher: New York :, Portfolio/Penguin,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781591848141
Branch Call Number: 364.168 ULB
Characteristics: xv, 329 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Feb 18, 2018

Wow! This author has a fascinating story to tell and he executes the task perfectly. If you think the Silk Road and Bitcoin are beyond your comprehension turn to American Kingpin for an explanation and understanding that you can wrap your head around. This book is the definition of page-turner; I consumed it start-to-finish in 24 hours. Great story well told and made even better since much of it takes place in San Francisco.

Dec 22, 2017

Absolutely 100% one of my favourite books of the year. American Kingpin is a nonfiction telling of the website Silk Road, its Creator, and the many government agencies trying to take it down. I would compare it to the HBO show The Wire, in the sense that you are being told the story from both the criminal and law enforcement point of view - and end up kind of rooting for 'characters' on both sides of the story! This book is truly fascinating, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in true crime.

Dec 09, 2017

I am also interested in the audiobook version.

Sep 27, 2017

Reads like a movie! Such an interesting book!

Sep 04, 2017

I thought it was an interesting fast paced read.
I'd never heard about this true crime story before, in which a guy used the dark web to set up an Amazon type of website to sell drugs, guns or anything illegal.

StevenOClark Aug 11, 2017

This is one wild, true story. Quite the page turner.

AL_HOLLYR Jul 05, 2017

An ultra-modern take on the true-crime thriller, Bilton's book is a fast-paced, deeply-researched narrative that traces the rise and fall of the Silk Road, an online black market.

Bilton does a masterful job of tracing the story from multiple perspectives, with each new view adding another layer of suspense. By the end I did tire of his often overly-dramatic chapter transitions, but the story does have more incredible twists and turns than one could possibly imagine.

May 10, 2017

A very well researched and fast-paced read-I could hardly put it down.

May 08, 2017

Please make the downloadable audiobook version available

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