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I first met Ben Mezrich when I produced and starred in 21, the film adaptation of his great bestseller Bringing Down the House. Ben has a gift for finding high-energy, strange-but-true tales and The Accidental Billionaires is no exception.
You may think you know the story of the Facebook phenomenon, but you haven’t heard the whole story and never like this. Recreating the unbelievable rise of the world's biggest social network—not to mention the planet's youngest billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg—Ben tells a captivating story of betrayal, vast amounts of cash, and two friends who revolutionized the way humans connect to one another—only to have an enormous falling out and never speak again.
Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were two geeky, socially awkward Harvard undergrads who wanted nothing more than to be cool. While Eduardo chose the more straightforward path of trying to gain acceptance into one of the school's ultra-posh, semi-secret Final Clubs, Mark used his computer skills by hacking into Harvard's computers, pulling up all the pictures of every girl on campus to create a sort of "hot-or-not" site exclusive to Harvard. Though the prank nearly got Mark kicked out of college, he and Eduardo realized that they were on to something big. Thus, the initial concept of Facebook was born; what happened next, however, was right out of a Hollywood thriller.The Accidental Billionaires is the perfect pairing of author and subject. It's pure summer fun—a juicy, fast-paced, unputdownable Mezrich tale that adds to his canon of lad lit. And Hollywood has come calling again: I'm currently working with Dana Brunetti, Scott Rudin, Mike Deluca, and Aaron Sorkin on the movie adaptation of The Accidental Billionaires. If the book is any indication, the film is going to be a must see.—Kevin Spacey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of the best books I've read. Intoxicating and a must-read for anybody interested in how Facebook came to be.Published 1 month ago by Mike
Perhaps the only book I've read that wasn't as good as the movie. The book had several "maybe"s as disclaimers for the parts that are perhaps made-up, and seemed less... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kaco
Great book... Something that started so small and is now so big. It is really amazing to see the story behind it all.Published 3 months ago by Aaron Marquez
Reviews that bombard this book for criticism of its poor historical authenticity are led astray by two key (false) assumption: 1. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ryan Mease
Although writer without cooperation from Mark Zuckerburg, this is a great story about genius and greed in a startup company driven almost entirely by Zuckerburg.Published 3 months ago by Elvin T. Bounds
Page turner with more human interest than you would expect - a tribute to the author. All in all - a good read.Published 4 months ago by Bartoomann
Really a fun read, both for those interested in Facebook history and Harvard in general.Published 5 months ago by The Hegemom
I benefited from reading this book.
In addition to being informative from a historical standpoint, 'The Accidental Billionaires' provides an equally compelling human... Read more