Conspiracy (Ebook)

A True Story of Power, Sex, and a Billionaire's Secret Plot to Destroy a Media Empire

Ryan Holiday

A unique account from behind the scenes of the case that rocked the media world - and the billionaire mastermind behind it

Conspiracy theories are legion. Conspiracies are rare. And of the few that do exist, fewer are ever discovered, let alone explained. This story is the exception.

In 2016, media giant Gawker was forced to declare bankruptcy after a $140 million dollar judgment in court over an illegally recorded sex tape of Hulk Hogan. The case was no accident: it was the result of a nearly decade-long plot masterminded by Facebook and Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel.

With exclusive access to all the key players, Ryan Holiday takes us behind the scenes of this extraordinary and at times surreal story, and transforms the events into both a dissection of that controversial methodology - conspiracy - and an eye-opening cautionary tale on the use, abuse and consequences of power and secrecy in the modern age.

Publication date: 01/03/2018

£4.99

ISBN: 9781782834632

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B0775122NK

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Biography & Memoir, Business & Management

Conspiracy (Audiobook)

A True Story of Power, Sex, and a Billionaire's Secret Plot to Destroy a Media Empire

Ryan Holiday

A unique account from behind the scenes of the case that rocked the media world - and the billionaire mastermind behind it

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 ten 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 multi-year proxy war through the Florida legal system, the settlement of $140million 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.

Publication date: 01/03/2018

£19.99

ISBN: 9781782835004

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B079G7TK11

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Biography & Memoir, Business & Management

Read by: Ryan Holiday

Conspiracy (Paperback)

A True Story of Power, Sex, and a Billionaire's Secret Plot to Destroy a Media Empire

Ryan Holiday

A unique account from behind the scenes of the case that rocked the media world - and the billionaire mastermind behind it

Conspiracy theories are legion. Conspiracies are rare. And of the few that do exist, fewer are ever discovered, let alone explained. This story is the exception.

In 2016, media giant Gawker was forced to declare bankruptcy after a $140 million dollar judgment in court over an illegally recorded sex tape of Hulk Hogan. The case was no accident: it was the result of a nearly decade-long plot masterminded by Facebook and Paypal billionaire Peter Thiel.

With exclusive access to all the key players, Ryan Holiday takes us behind the scenes of this extraordinary and at times surreal story, and transforms the events into both a dissection of that controversial methodology - conspiracy - and an eye-opening cautionary tale on the use, abuse and consequences of power and secrecy in the modern age.

Publication date: 28/03/2019

£9.99

ISBN: 9781788160841

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Biography & Memoir, Business & Management

Reviews for Conspiracy

'This book is the Art of War for any 21st century conspirator... a brilliant meditation on strategy, with numerous lessons'

Robert Greene, author The 48 Laws of Power

'This is a fantastic read about two thoroughly dislikeable men.'

 Sunday Times

'Gripping narrative - Holiday has written one helluva page-turner.'

William D Cohan New York Times

'Riveting...an astonishing modern media conspiracy...that is a fantastic read. Holiday is a fine writer. He brilliantly elucidates... [with] a reporter's eye for detail.'

 The Sunday Times

'Brilliant and terrifying'

Rich Cohen, author of The Fish that Ate the Whale and contributing editor of Vanity Fair 

'An artful examination of how true power really works and how it affects all of us.'

Michael Lombardi, host of GM Street on The Ringer and former CLeveland Browns general manager 

'Every one of Ryan Holiday's books is appointment reading for me. If he writes it, I make the time to read it.'

Brian Koppelman, producer and creator Billions

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Praise for Ryan Holiday:
'Holiday is part Machiavelli, part Ogilvy, and all results

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Tim Ferriss The 4-Hour Workweek

'Holiday is one of his generation's finest thinkers'

Steven Pressfield, author The War of Art

'When playing for high stakes, Ryan Holiday is my secret weapon. His unique stealth manner makes him essential for winning.'

Aaron Ray, partner of the management company The Collective 

'I don't have many rules in life, but one I never break is: If Ryan Holiday writes a book, I read it as soon as I can get my hands on it.'

Brian Koppelman, screenwriter and director, Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen and Billions 

Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is one of the world's bestselling living philosophers. His books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, and the # 1 New York Times bestseller Stillness Is the Key, appear in more than 40 languages and have sold more than 4 million copies. Together, they've spent over 300 weeks on the bestseller lists. He lives outside Austin with his wife and two boys…and a small herd of cows and donkeys and goats. His bookstore, The Painted Porch, sits on historic Main St in Bastrop, Texas.

Follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanholiday and visit his website www.ryanholiday.net

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