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Unintended Consequences: How Cypherpunks are Winning the Drug War

This true crime piece tells the story of the Silk Road, the biggest online black market for drugs the world had ever known–until the Feds busted its alleged leader, Ross Ulbricht (a.k.a. Dread Pirate Roberts) in October 2013. The takedown shuttered a business that generated well over a billion dollars in meth, cocaine, heroin and other illegal drugs in just two years. But the story doesn’t end there.

This book reveals how, as with the mythical Lernaen Hydra, when one head is cut off, two will grow back. The cypherpunks, anarchists, libertarians and freethinking druggies who championed Silk Road will not be dissuaded or discouraged by this bust. The biggest thing that community has learned from this is exactly how to win the drug war, once and for all.

If you enjoyed Jennie Erin Smith’s Cocaine Cowgirl, then you will love this look inside the seedy underbelly of the Internet, known as the Dark Web.