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Book cover for Conspiracy


Author: Ryan Holiday

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Journalism

Themes: Conspiracy, Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker

Format: Paperback

Finished: May 14, 2018

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I almost passed on this book because I didn’t care for Holiday’s last book, Perennial Seller. Then I saw Conspiracy at an airport bookstore while I was waiting for my flight and made an impulse purchase after reading the first three pages.

I found the story fascinating when news of the settlement first broke and I read the NYTimes piece on Thiel being the one behind it. I was hungry for the full story and didn’t know it until I was confronted with it in the Charleston airport.

Holiday did a great job collecting the details of setup, execution, and aftermath of the conspiracy. He had unprecedented access to both Thiel and Denton, as well as the rest of the parties involved.

This book was interesting enough to make me want to keep reading it until it was done. I read it in three sittings. I also learned a lot about the mechanics of conspiracies and just how difficult they actually are to pull off. The book gives some historical examples of people conspiring, which I found interesting.

I’m waiting for the next big story that Nick Denton’s next venture will break: Who is Mr. A?