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. However the story doesn’t end there.
This book reveals how, as with the mythical Lernaen Hydra, when one head is brought to a halt, two will grow back. The cypherpunks, anarchists, libertarians and freethinking druggies who championed Silk Road might not be dissuaded or discouraged by this bust. The biggest thing that community has learned from that is exactly how you can win the drug war, once and for all.
If you enjoyed Jennie Erin Smith’s Cocaine Cowgirl, then you’re going to love this look throughout the seedy underbelly of the Internet, referred to as the Dark Internet.