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From a lonely boy’s bedroom in Germany to the penthouses of Hong Kong, from Wellington’s Beehive to Washington’s corridors of power, from the sedate suburb of Coatesville to the motor racing tracks of Europe, this is the untold story of the charismatic internet tycoon who has driven governments to distraction while winning the affection of internet users worldwide. It reco From a lonely boy’s bedroom in Germany to the penthouses of Hong Kong, from Wellington’s Beehive to Washington’s corridors of power, from the sedate suburb of Coatesville to the motor racing tracks of Europe, this is the untold story of the charismatic internet tycoon who has driven governments to distraction while winning the affection of internet users worldwide. It recounts not only the high profile political and legal battles but also the behind the scenes domestic life of a man who has more wealth than he can spend in New Zealand and who once escaped to Europe for the winter … and took his cars and furniture with him. The book is not an authorised biography but has been written with the full co-operation of Kim Dotcom, who has granted the author hours of exclusive interviews. The book also reveals: why Hollywood is obsessed with Dotcom; why he and wife Mona decided to settle in New Zealand; the full story of the dawn raid; what happened to Dotcom in jail; the truth about John Banks and Dotcom; who knew what and when; and where The Hobbit comes into it.


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From a lonely boy’s bedroom in Germany to the penthouses of Hong Kong, from Wellington’s Beehive to Washington’s corridors of power, from the sedate suburb of Coatesville to the motor racing tracks of Europe, this is the untold story of the charismatic internet tycoon who has driven governments to distraction while winning the affection of internet users worldwide. It reco From a lonely boy’s bedroom in Germany to the penthouses of Hong Kong, from Wellington’s Beehive to Washington’s corridors of power, from the sedate suburb of Coatesville to the motor racing tracks of Europe, this is the untold story of the charismatic internet tycoon who has driven governments to distraction while winning the affection of internet users worldwide. It recounts not only the high profile political and legal battles but also the behind the scenes domestic life of a man who has more wealth than he can spend in New Zealand and who once escaped to Europe for the winter … and took his cars and furniture with him. The book is not an authorised biography but has been written with the full co-operation of Kim Dotcom, who has granted the author hours of exclusive interviews. The book also reveals: why Hollywood is obsessed with Dotcom; why he and wife Mona decided to settle in New Zealand; the full story of the dawn raid; what happened to Dotcom in jail; the truth about John Banks and Dotcom; who knew what and when; and where The Hobbit comes into it.

30 review for The Secret Life of Kim Dotcom: Spies, Lies and the War for the Internet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Manny

    This book covers Kim Dotcom's early life (born Kim Schmitz) in Germany to an alcoholic and abusive father. He is a good student and is smart for his age. His mother struggled to purchase young Kim his first computer. He is arrested as a young man which gives him street cred to open a security consulting company. He later starts Megaupload which arguably is the dawn of cloud storage today and becomes incredibly rich. It's funny because I used to use his Kimble.org (another one of his alias’) site This book covers Kim Dotcom's early life (born Kim Schmitz) in Germany to an alcoholic and abusive father. He is a good student and is smart for his age. His mother struggled to purchase young Kim his first computer. He is arrested as a young man which gives him street cred to open a security consulting company. He later starts Megaupload which arguably is the dawn of cloud storage today and becomes incredibly rich. It's funny because I used to use his Kimble.org (another one of his alias’) site to test Internet speed before the speed test sites started popping up. It was so loaded with Flash and had a countdown when it loaded. Depending on how fast the countdown cycled through, the better the Internet connection was. He was already grossly successful with his MegaYacht, MegaCar and all his pictures and videos of his adventures were posted on this site. He would post pictures with famous people, parties with 100’s of people on yachts, private jets and cars. I have to admit, in my early days, I thought of following his security consulting ways, and eventually I did but obviously not to his level of success. Kim meets and subsequently marries his wife in the Philippines and has 3 kids and twins on the way during his arrest. In January of 2012, on the day before Kim's birthday, his life gets turned upside down. The New Zealand police, in an unprecedented raid on a geek’s home in the early hours, hit his mansion with a military force raid where they subsequently arrest him on charges of Copyright infringement and even states "terrorism" and "child pornography". Dotcom would eventually divorce his beautiful wife and mother of five to what is said is the strain with the case. Many accused her of being interested in his money. I guess no one will know. What ensued next was a whirlwind court case where Kim is fighting for his life and his family which you can argue that he loses both. Dotcom challenges the validity of the warrants and those that allowed it. Kim not only challenges the courts to avoid extradition to the US, but also throws his hat into the political arena only to lose to the incumbent John Key, who some call his nemesis. It is a shame that a person, a visionary, has been silenced. I understand that US Laws are probably the strictest in the world. I also realize that the US lobby system and the over-reach of government is pervasive and every day, it seems we the citizens of the US are losing more of our rights not only from government, but from political parties. We have lost “TRUE” freedom of speech, the 4th amendment is all but gone and a particular group is hard at work to take our 2nd amendment as well. I am sure Dotcom did some criminal stuff to amass his wealth, but like I used to tell my Scouts when I was a leader, “When you point your finger at someone, you have three fingers pointing back at you”. We see our government and the politicians constantly use money, power and influence to get out of all sorts of crimes they have committed that regular people would surely go to prison for. Good book, could have been great but nonetheless a great read especially if you are part of the "scene" and were part of his rise to fame.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aranka

    This book is very informative to me in three ways: - How rich people choose to spend their money in exchange of experience, or merely personal delight. - How the intelligence system works, and how it can be abusive without check and balance. but the thing is, you've got to be equipped with enough knowledge to really know how to work your way out. - How innovation can be reborn after major setbacks. Like David said, there are a lot of Kim in this book. You can choose to view him from different ang This book is very informative to me in three ways: - How rich people choose to spend their money in exchange of experience, or merely personal delight. - How the intelligence system works, and how it can be abusive without check and balance. but the thing is, you've got to be equipped with enough knowledge to really know how to work your way out. - How innovation can be reborn after major setbacks. Like David said, there are a lot of Kim in this book. You can choose to view him from different angles. I think trying to live life to the fullest is an angle from the positive side. The description of the evolvement of "sovereignty" in the cyberspace is reminiscent of The Great Divide. It shows how a power can expand its presence by competing to control new resources. Cyberspace is still a relatively new realm where there are chances for reallocation of power, and the threshold can be relatively low, compared with, say, that in the outerspace.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Igor

    I have had enough of this book. Why? I was expecting more of Kim´s life, like how he had started and personal information about him, even those that he would not like to be shown. Because that is a biography. For better or for worst, the reality. But, on the contrary, I read (half of) a book trying to show on side of the story. Ok, some parts are interesting and they were completely new for me. Still, I was expecting much more. Warning: My opinion is referring to 1/2 of the book. By the way, wher I have had enough of this book. Why? I was expecting more of Kim´s life, like how he had started and personal information about him, even those that he would not like to be shown. Because that is a biography. For better or for worst, the reality. But, on the contrary, I read (half of) a book trying to show on side of the story. Ok, some parts are interesting and they were completely new for me. Still, I was expecting much more. Warning: My opinion is referring to 1/2 of the book. By the way, where is the "secret" part? If you are really interested in the nuances of the imprisonment and legal case, this book is for you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michael Botur

    This is a strong book and it's fascinating to see how the wild risk-taker that is Kim Schmitz is spending his life: decades wasted on dubious and not-so-helpful services. Having said that, he's also a trailblazer. I use copycats of Mega on a daily basis. For a while there, Mega was a massive portion of internet traffic. The book is well-researched and massively pertinent to people in NZ, where we have a huge internet-dependent culture. Today, Mega survives and persists despite the geopolitical wa This is a strong book and it's fascinating to see how the wild risk-taker that is Kim Schmitz is spending his life: decades wasted on dubious and not-so-helpful services. Having said that, he's also a trailblazer. I use copycats of Mega on a daily basis. For a while there, Mega was a massive portion of internet traffic. The book is well-researched and massively pertinent to people in NZ, where we have a huge internet-dependent culture. Today, Mega survives and persists despite the geopolitical war against Mega. David Fisher - one of NZ's best journalists- has devoted resources to covering a really important story. Worth a read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Walsh

    Ugly. If you’re anything like me down in the spirit of markets, you’ll see Dotcom’s lot from provinces away and an island in distance. You’ll read the book penned by an investigative journo and note in it, terrors in spelling. Not even technology nor money can run a spell-check or human spell-checkers properly. But these are the least of Dotcom’s problems. ‘I’ve always been a playboy…‘ Cock shows. Outrage. If this man hasn’t instilled in you warrior tears venting at him, the U S so A, Disney, Warn Ugly. If you’re anything like me down in the spirit of markets, you’ll see Dotcom’s lot from provinces away and an island in distance. You’ll read the book penned by an investigative journo and note in it, terrors in spelling. Not even technology nor money can run a spell-check or human spell-checkers properly. But these are the least of Dotcom’s problems. ‘I’ve always been a playboy…‘ Cock shows. Outrage. If this man hasn’t instilled in you warrior tears venting at him, the U S so A, Disney, Warner Bros, the recording industry, the FBI, the Law(yers), the Poh (during the infamous raid, they left Dotcom’s missus, 7-months pregnant shivering outside in the cold), John Banks, he’d leave you shivering outside in the cold and John Key, remember them and Dotcom in twenty years say when the establishment and leaders are a memory and community and people champion great victory. Until then we wack around in the corridors of poor, voices empty, and under Capital’s veil of philanthropy. More stupid. Please. ‘The couple met in a club in Manila in November 2007. Mona Verga has been a part of Dotcom’s life since. I’ve not betrayed her once and I can’t say that of any other relationship I have had. I would never do it because I really found my soul mate and the love of my life.‘ Since, they’ve separated, and to continue in exact all-the-time playboy contradictions, ‘Mona, then 19, was on the dance floor when she caught Dotcom’s attention. He was a relationship at the time but, regardless, told his PA he wanted to know who she was and where she had come from.‘ He was in a relationship at the time! I figure Dotcom mistook Mona to be Disney soul-mate when in fact she’s a partial mirror. But you know, not such a costly exercise off the dance floor and with five children if you can afford to piss cash on an entire country, power-fuck with all the eyes of spying, and now fuck off his ex soul-mate. ‘While staying at the mansion, Dotcom was visited in New Zealand by wealthy businessmen friends. “They go out here and they tell me, ‘We’re going out tonight – are you coming?’ And I just have a grin on my face: ‘Nah, you guys go’. And they come back with like; ‘What is this place? There is nothing. The clubs are shit.‘ If you’re a foreigner, you’ll appreciate in comparison NZ’s nature in beauty and in the privilege of living here, you’ll settle knowing apart from the few who’ve polluted it, the few who womble Rich List billionaire pretending conservative philanthropy, it isn’t Money. The country and its spirit isn’t to afford you pale-face, playboy sexist entitlement. If you’re the eye for ‘pretty girls’ ill-affording them the title of women, eff off and recoup many cocks abroad. In fairness, the book indicates the FBI big in imagination, creative in conjuring up false characterization. And in cahoots US and NZ Crown changing their information as though Dotcom a filthy gangster carrying weapons of mass technical instruction, living out, one time in the panic room of the playboy mansion and silvering wet dreams – him made out to be the latest Hollywood junk and criminal invention. It’s not a movie. If any be charged, guilty Hollywood and head-roll Disney for creating princess, a damsel in distress, grooming Miley and wrongly calculating our children. Transparency hasn’t been granted nor on the agenda for the public. Dotcom a baddie in music a goodie in opening up discussion and debate in a country perfect in scenic fortune. For a once media-shy German, in serious ill-health so many spoils and psychology of a bad childhood. He’s fucking with Power. And so are we.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kai Koenig

    It's a very good book and a testament of how the NZ government abused its powers and processes in a very shocking way to please the US government. It's also Kim Dotcom's and Megaupload's story, but that's really only the driver towards a bigger question: what kind of an internet do we want? It's a very good book and a testament of how the NZ government abused its powers and processes in a very shocking way to please the US government. It's also Kim Dotcom's and Megaupload's story, but that's really only the driver towards a bigger question: what kind of an internet do we want?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    Interesting and well worth a read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    CS

    Totally changed my perception of Kim Dotcom. This book revealed the dark side of NZ and USA government.

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    Carlos Gonzalez Juarez

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