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Publisher's Summary

In 2016, one of the giants of modern journalism fell: Gawker Media, infamous for saying what other outlets wouldn't say, was sued for publishing Hulk Hogan's sex tape, lost the case and went bust. After countless other lawsuits it seemed that Gawker had finally run out of luck. But luck had nothing to do with it.
Peter Thiel, PayPal founder and billionaire investor, had masterminded the whole thing. Still furious at an article that had outed him 10 years previously, and increasingly disgusted at Gawker's unscrupulous reporting methods, Thiel had spent nearly a decade meticulously plotting a conspiracy that would lead to the demise of Gawker and its founder, Nick Denton. After a multiyear proxy war through the Florida legal system, the settlement of $140 million in favour of Hogan ended it. The verdict would stun the world, and so would Peter's ultimate unmasking as the man who had set it all in motion. Why had he done this? How had no one discovered it? What would this mean - for free speech? For privacy? For culture?
In Holiday's masterful telling of this nearly unbelievable conspiracy, informed by exclusive interviews with all the key players, this case transcends the narrative of how one billionaire took down a media empire or the current state of the free press. It's a study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitious - and successful - secret plots in recent memory.
©2018 Ryan Holiday (P)2018 Penguin Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By gottimw on 08-14-18

Interesting book, recommended despite voice acting

Interesting story that will make you think hard who is right and who is a bad guy.

But me holidays narration is abysmal. Monotonous and badly paced like he is reading it for the first time and sometimes has to stitch in the rest of the sentence. Next time maybe hire a profesional VA.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Traian on 07-21-18

Ryan Holiday's reading style ruined the book for m

He pauses in the middle of sentences. Difficult to listen because of this. I enjoyed the story though and the insiggt into Peter Thiel's thinking.

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5 out of 5 stars
By G-Montoya on 03-13-18

Thrilling!! Amazing story masterly told!

If this was Ryan’s debut book of this genre! I cannot wait for the ones that will follow!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Patrick on 03-06-18

very disappointing end to mostly excellent read

absolutely excellent book of Holidays, when he sticks to journalism he is unrivalled. I thoroughly enjoyed this book until his political Trump Derangement syndrome views leaked in and ruined it. Unnecessary and unwanted commentary on what was a mostly excellent story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 05-06-18

Great book, terrible narration

This is the second Holiday book I've read, and he's certainly improved as a writer. I was captivated by the narrative throughout, and even though there's perhaps a little too much analysis the paving was good enough to keep me enthralled.

But Holiday. Stop. Reading. Your own. Books. Your pauses. Hurt. My ears. You are far. Too. Monotonous. You are not. A good. Narrator. I don't know if it's a cost saving tactic, but it really doesn't make me want to read another of your books.

Overall a great read, I can't deny that. I'm glad I got the book. But geez Holiday you make it a difficult decision.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Glenn Gillan on 08-10-18

Captivating story and author covers the strategy excellently

A very well written book covering the story and all aspects extremely well. If you like Ryan Holiday's other books and his take on the world you'll enjoy this too. The coverage and analysis of Peter Thiel's strategy really gets the mind going and the author went into the finer details here exceptionally well.

The only downfall was the audio version where the narrator separates each sentence into 3 parts with unnatural pauses in between each. It's one of those things you focus on once you notice it and distracts henceforth.

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