The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal

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Mezrich’s chief informant is Eduardo Saverin... But Saverin’s bitterness over what he perceives as a calculated campaign to devalue his stake in the company and write him out of the origin story soaks the whole book in self-pity.
-AV Club

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

The Social Network, the much anticipated movie…adapted from Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires.” —The New York Times

Best friends Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg had spent many lonely nights looking for a way to stand out among Harvard University’s elite, comptetitive, and accomplished  student body. Then, in 2003, Zuckerberg hacked into Harvard’s computers, crashed  the campus network, almost got himself  expelled, and was inspired to create Facebook, the social networking site that has since revolutionized communication around the world.
 
With Saverin’s funding their tiny start-up went from dorm room to Silicon Valley. But conflicting ideas about Facebook’s future transformed the friends into enemies. Soon, the undergraduate exuberance that marked their collaboration turned into out-and-out warfare as it fell prey to the adult world of venture capitalists, big money, lawyers.




From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Ben Mezrich

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Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. Since then he has published twelve books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies in twelve languages and became the basis for the Kevin Spacey movie 21. Mezrich has also published the national bestsellers Sex on the Moon, Ugly Americans, Rigged, and Busting Vegas. He lives in Boston.
 
Published July 1, 2009 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Accidental Billionaires
All: 8 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 6

NY Times

Above average
on Jul 19 2009

Probably not. But “The Accidental Billionaires” is so obviously dramatized, and so clearly unreliable, that there’s no mistaking it for a serious document.

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WSJ online

Above average
on Jul 22 2009

Readers of...will gain as little sense of the drama in the company’s rise as they will of Mr. Zuckerberg role in the story. The author’s lack of contact with his central character seems to have stupefied his storytelling skills.

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AV Club

Above average
on Aug 20 2009

Mezrich’s chief informant is Eduardo Saverin... But Saverin’s bitterness over what he perceives as a calculated campaign to devalue his stake in the company and write him out of the origin story soaks the whole book in self-pity.

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National Post arts

Above average
on Feb 23 2011

Besides, the rise of Facebook and the lawsuits...are both very real and wholly fascinating — and without the facts, the embellished, fictitious version of Zuckerberg that Mezrich paints in his book becomes a much less compelling character.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Jul 08 2009

Zuckerberg declined to talk for the book...All this might be forgivable if the end product were actually a spicy page-turner. But its few bits of dirt — a party here, a hookup there — feel pretty tame.

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Christian Science Monitor

Above average
on Jul 23 2009

But despite an emphasis on engaging characters and a compelling story, and despite his self-described immersion in the world of Facebook’s founders, Mezrich’s is a haphazard and clumsy book.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
on Oct 24 2009

There is simply no way of knowing how much of the story is the truth, and how much has been fabricated or exaggerated...All that said, this is a fascinating read.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Good
on Aug 10 2009

Like the many Facebook pages...isn?t adverse to bending the truth a degree or two. This is a book with nerve about an entrepreneur with nerve. Highly recommended for those with chutzpah who want to go out west and beat the bank.

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