I wrote a book about how Hulk Hogan sued Gawker, won $140M, and bankrupted a media empire...funded by billionaire Peter Thiel to get revenge (or justice). AMA
Hey reddit, my name is Ryan Holiday.
I’ve spent the last year and a half piecing together billionaire Peter Thiel’s decade long quest to destroy the media outlet Gawker. It was one of the most insane--and successful--secret plots in recent memory. I’ve been interested in the case since it began, but it wasn’t until I got a chance to interview both Peter Thiel, Gawker’s founder Nick Denton, Hulk Hogan, Charles Harder (the lawyer) et al that I felt I could tell the full story. The result is my newest book Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
When I started researching the 25,000 pages of legal documents and conducting interviews with all the key players, I learned a lot of the most interesting details of this conspiracy were left out of all previous coverage. Like the fact the secret weapon of the case was a 26 year old man known “Mr. A.” Or the various legal tactics employed by Peter’s team. Or Thiel ‘fanning the flames’ of #Gamergate. Sorry I'm getting carried away...
I wrote this story because beyond touching on many of our most urgent issues (privacy, media, the power of money), it is a timely reminder that things are rarely as they seem on the surface. Peter would tell me in one of our interviews people look down on conspiracies because we're so cynical we no longer believe in strong claims of human agency or the individual's ability to create change (for good or bad). It's a depressing thought. At the very least, this story is a reminder that that cynicism is premature...or at least naive.
Conspiracy is my eighth book. My past books include The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, The Daily Stoic, Trust Me, I’m Lying, and Growth Hacker Marketing. Outside writing I run a marketing agency, Brass Check, and tend to (way too many) animals on my ranch outside Austin.
I’m excited to be here today and answer whatever reddit has on its mind!
Edit: More proof https://twitter.com/RyanHoliday/status/973602965352341504
Edit: Are you guys having trouble seeing new questions as they come in? I can't seem to see them...