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Silk Road by [Ormsby, Eileen]
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It was the 'eBay of drugs', a billion dollar empire. Behind it was the FBI's Most Wanted Man, a mysterious crime czar dubbed 'Dread Pirate Roberts'. SILK ROAD lay at the heart of the 'Dark Web' - a parallel internet of porn, guns, assassins and drugs. Lots of drugs. With the click of a button LSD, heroin, meth, coke, any illegal drug imaginable, would wing its way by regular post from any dealer to any user in the world. How was this online drug cartel even possible? And who was the mastermind all its low roads led to? This is the incredible true story of Silk Road's rise and fall, told with unparalleled insight into the main players - including alleged founder and kingpin Dread Pirate Roberts himself - by lawyer and investigative journalist Eileen Ormsby. A stunning crime story with a truth that explodes off the page.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2334 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Australia (1 November 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HTWDEK0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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A fine summary of the world's most popular online illicit drug marketplace, 'Silk Road' is the debut book by Melbourne-based journalist Eileen Ormsby, who reported on the website and its inner machinations from 2012 onwards. Silk Road offered a place for drug consumers around the world to trade high quality products anonymously, free from violence or police interference, and for a surprisingly long time, it fulfilled its promise of a borderless black market. It was an irresistible story for any journalist who heard about it - myself included - and early on, Ormsby established herself as a strong, non-judgemental voice in a crowded field. Her high visibility and balanced reporting earned her respect among the fickle, often paranoid people who frequented the site, and what Ormsby has set out here is the definitive longform summary of what went on there.

Her chronological account covers the very first online promotion of Silk Road in early 2011 through to its seizure by the United States government in late 2013, and the arrest of its alleged founder, Ross Ulbricht, whose criminal trial took place in late 2014, months after this book went to print. This temporal quirk does not detract from Ormsby's narrative, as much of the book is about what the site represented, and how its users interacted with one another, rather than the typical 'whodunit' that many media outlets preferred to follow - which is understandable, really, as Silk Road was such a revolutionary concept executed so well that it took many people by surprise. The absence of an identifiable figurehead - the typical image of the 'drug kingpin' that we've come to expect - made it a difficult story for many to grasp.
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Fascinating subject matter, a widely reported story with an interesting, and unfinished end.

I thought I was familiar with the events that unfolded as the rise and fall of DPR played out. I was completely unprepared for the education I was about to receive as Ms Ormsby took me on board the Good Ship Silk Road, where we sailed the seven seas of the Dark Web, and became immersed in the cohesive yet dysfunctional society of all who sailed with her.

Till finally she floundered. Or did she?

I couldn't put it down. I'll be following the trial with insight and perspective that would be impossible without reading this book.
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An interesting and engaging read. For subject matter that could easily slip into technical terminology and somewhat incomprehensible jargon (for the layperson) Ormsby keeps the story accessible for all.

A fascinating insight into a world that is often talked about, but rarely accessed by mainstream internet users.
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Awesome, well researched story without the judgements, opinions or bulls*** spin that sometimes is marketed as investigative journalism. "Just the facts ma'am!" Nice work Eileen.
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Humans deserve freedom. The state has too much control in places totally unnecessary. Silk Road was born out of this.
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