Ryan Holiday, one of my favorite contemporary authors, just released a new book, and it seems like it’s an epic one.
I haven’t read the book (I plan to get my audio copy later this week), but this title seems so timely and engaging, so I’m sharing a few highlights from Ryan’s email newsletter about the book.
In late-2016, I had the great luck to find myself with exclusive access to a true story epic enough to read like history even as it was still unfolding: the nearly decade-long conspiracy of a billionaire to avenge a cruel injustice and to, in his words, reassert his agency over the future.
You might already know a bit about the controversial legal battle between PayPal founder Peter Thiel and his war with Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker. You might also have heard about how this war came to involve the wrestler Hulk Hogan, a $140 million dollar verdict in a Florida courtroom, and unbelievably, the FBI, the First and Fourth Amendments, the president of the United States. But I promise you, you don’t actually know the half of it all.
The story of Thiel’s conspiracy is actually the story of all conspiracies—what it means to try to do something insane and impossible, secretive and complex and to try to change something everyone else said was simply unchangeable. Because rightly or wrongly, that’s what Thiel did.
The result is something different from my other books, but I think the best thing I’ve ever written.
I have recommended thousands of books on this list over the years and now I am directly asking—no, begging—you to read this one. It will captivate you from start to finish and translate the strategic insights of Machiavelli, John Boyd, Napoleon and of course, Peter Thiel, one of the most enigmatic geniuses of our time.
Robert Greene called Conspiracy a “modern day Art of War” and Rich Cohen, one of my favorite authors on the planet, read it early and said,
“Ryan Holiday’s Conspiracy is brilliant and terrifying, more than just a story of an epic courtroom battle...it’s a parable for the post print age, when the very notion of freedom and privacy is up for grabs. Now and then, if you are lucky, you get just the book you need exactly when you need it.”
I can’t wait to start reading it.