The Man Who Hacked the World: A Ghostwriter’s Descent into Madness with John McAfee

Turner. Nov. 2023. 454p. ISBN 9781684429219. pap. $18.99. BIOG
Foster’s search for meaning took him to many places even before he became a successful ghostwriter and founder of Ghostwriting Univ., and John McAfee, the man behind a successful antivirus software and a two-time presidential candidate, hired Foster to write his book. McAfee was insistent that their interviews take place in person, so he and Foster traveled across the United States and Europe for six months. That included once when McAfee was on the run from law enforcement for his involvement with drugs and weapons. He was also accused of murdering Gregory Faull, his neighbor in Belize. The author was ultimately unable to decide whether McAfee was guilty of this crime. The book portrays McAfee as someone with paranoia; he was suspicious that members of his own entourage were spies. The author also describes his own adventurous, pre-McAfee life, but readers will see a significant difference between McAfee and Foster.
VERDICT This book is less of a biography and more of a window with a view of McAfee’s world. Its twists and turns are certain to fascinate readers.
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