- Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
- Verlag: Bantam Press (7. Februar 2019)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1787630242
- ISBN-13: 978-1787630246
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,3 x 2,9 x 23,4 cm
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"With his relentless and fearless reporting, Evan Ratliff has pried open a hidden world filled with high-tech gangsters and drug kingpins and double-crossers and stone-cold hitmen. The story is as fascinating as it is terrifying, and one that will hold you in its grip." (David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z)
"One of the most prodigious criminal masterminds or modern times. Compelling... meticulously researched and written with a feverish intensity. A masterwork of investigative journalism." (Daily Mail)
"A true crime classic." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a riveting, mesmerizing, absolutely bonkers story about a man as brilliant as he is villainous. You'll find yourself sucked in, freaked out, and, ultimately, blown away by Ratliff's storytelling and tireless reporting. The Mastermind is a masterpiece." (Nicholas Thompson, editor in chief, Wired)
"Darkly fascinating and truly gripping. A crazy story. Ratliff reports exhaustively and writes soberly... a brilliant book... a suitably wild parable for a digitally deranged age." (Irish Times)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Evan Ratliff is an award-winning journalist and the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Atavist Magazine. As a longtime contributor to Wired, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Outside, and other magazines, he has reported from around the globe on transnational crime, science and technology, the environment, terrorism, and corruption. He is a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, and his writing has been selected for numerous Best American collections. His 2009 Wired story “Vanish,” about his attempt to disappear and the public’s effort to find him, was selected by the magazine as one of the twenty best stories in its history. He also cohosts the acclaimed Longform podcast and was a founding editor of Pop-Up Magazine, a live journalism event that tours the United States. He is the co-author of Safe: The Race to Protect Ourselves in a Newly Dangerous World, about innovation and counterterrorism, and the editor of the collection Love and Ruin: Tales of Obsession, Danger, and Heartbreak.
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Ratliff weaves this journey into an incredible story. Just when you think it can’t get more bizarre, it does.
This is a fast read, though, I read it over a weekend, and look forward to the TV documentary...some day.
No, you won't find any quotes from the likes of Ben Franklin or Billy Graham in these pages. Author Evan Ratliff recounts his four years of inquiry and source materials from individuals on six continents in nearly 400 pages of events that "really happened". Events such as drug and gun running, murders for vengeance and for hire, extortion for pecuniary needs, and much more where page turning becomes another adventure into human greed and other familiar receptacles.
A sociopath is defined as one lacking conscience with attendant defective mental or emotional disturbances. Was the protagonist and central character in The Mastermind, Paul Leroux, sociopathic in his daily routines? Readers will likely consider this a rhetorical question as they absorb the sequences in these chapters.