Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
A stunning story about how power works in the modern age--the book the New York Times called "one helluva page-turner" and The Sunday Times of London celebrated as "riveting...an astonishing modern media conspiracy that is a fantastic read." Pick up the book everyone is talking about.
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I generally enjoy Ryan Holiday's writing. It is engaging if occasionally repetitive in the "tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you've told them" style. This book was even more of a page turner than his other books or than what I expected, and I found myself incredibly drawn to reading the next page and chapters even as the end was known from the very beginning.
That said, I came away quite unconvinced by Holiday's th ...more
But by the sixth or seventh reference to Machiavelli – or the Second World War, the ...more
Disclosure: Gawker has tried to get more than one of my friends fired, so I didn’t shed any tears when justice was served. High-fives may have been exchanged.
The central thesis of Conspiracy is that we need more conspiracies. It's clear that nobody is willing to labor for nearly a decade in silence in order to achieve ...more
It also tells one of the most compelling and mind-boggling stories of the decade. Yes, Holiday managed to get exclusive, intimate, access to Nick Denton (the CEO of Gawker), Peter Thiel (the billionaire that everyone hates now), and Hulk Hogan ...more
The short version of the story: In 2007, Gawker Media outed Peter Thiel, the billionaire investor who founded PayPal. Angered by this, Thiel embarked on what became a slow, patient campaign to destroy Gawker. The instrument of his vengeance, improbably, was Terry Bollea, better known as former professional wrestler "Hulk Hogan," who had launched a suit against Gawker for publishing a sex video of him banging his best friend's wife. Backed by Thi ...more
This is his first bit of journalism. He does a good job investigating and telling the story about a real, honest to goodness conspiracy.
He leaves very few stones unturned and covers what happened very thoroughly.
The problem with this book is at the very end, he suddenly turns it into an opinion piece on his belief ...more
Why he'd choose that angle is beyond me, since t ...more
The story is fascinating, conclusions are refreshing and an attempt to use those events as a long meditation about conspiracies, in general, is admirable.
“We used to throw bombs, now we throw tantrums – or worse, ...more
I’ve long been a fan of Ryan Holiday, so take that for what it’s worth, but I believe this to be yet another book that seeks to enlighten and educate.
I was understandably confused when I learned that his latest book was about Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and Peter Thiel. It seemed really strange to me. I didn’t immediately pre-order it, I waited. I had to know, why this book, why this story? After release, the reviews and thoughts began trickling out and I knew I had to read the sto ...more
1) For some reason the author frequently writes in the present tense. For example (not a real quote, just to illustrate), "In 2012, Thiel goes to the store. He sees his rival, and debates what t ...more
It's also easy to forget, amongst all the quotes from Clausewitz ...more
If you ever dream to enact change in a big way, this is a handy playbook to learn from.
If you enjoy shows like House of Cards or Billions, this book will be something you really enjoy.
Ryan Holiday's Ego is the Enemy also has a lot of cross over with this book - it shows how Ego on the part ...more
If you follow strategists or are partial to the chess games of life, this book is a must.
I stopped reading the other books to finish this one!
As I began the book, I'd read most of Holiday's work. I'd never heard of Nick Denton. I haven't seen the Hul ...more
My main problem with this book is that it Ryan Holiday wrote a love letter to the moral monster known as Peter Thiel in the form of this book, without giving a clear picture of who Peter Theil really is. Ryan Holiday will make references to Peter Thiel being a libertarian and having "unconventional ideas" but he never comes ...more
This creates a somewhat grating narrative where the laws (which determine the legal strategy and thus the outcome of the case) at stake are largely glossed over in favor the emotional journeys of the pa ...more