How Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan Took Down a Media Empire

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Peter Thiel, PayPal founder-turned-venture-capitalist, discusses his support for US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, October 31, 2016. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Ryan Holiday's new book "Conspiracy" illustrates how entrepreneur and billionaire Peter Thiel took down Gawker as recourse for outing him as gay in 2007. Thiel funded Hulk Hogan’s multimillion dollar lawsuit against the media company, which ultimately resulted in Gawker filing for bankruptcy. Holiday's book -- part expose, part cautionary tale -- describes the legal strategies and covert funds involved in this proxy war and what the saga reveals about privacy, power and journalism in the modern age.

Ryan Holiday, media strategist; author, "Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue"