The Accidental Billionaires

The Accidental Billionaires

The Founding of Facebook : A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal

Book - 2009
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The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook.

Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends--outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and long-time legacies. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a geeky awkwardness with women.

Eduardo figured their ticket to social acceptance--and sexual success--was getting invited to join one of the university's Final Clubs, a constellation of elite societies that had groomed generations of the most powerful men in the world and ranked on top of the inflexible hierarchy at Harvard. Mark, with less of an interest in what the campus alpha males thought of him, happened to be a computer genius of the first order.

Which he used to find a more direct route to social stardom: one lonely night, Mark hacked into the university's computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus--and subsequently crashing the university's servers and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his Harvard dorm room, the framework for Facebook was born.

What followed--a real-life adventure filled with slick venture capitalists, stunning women, and six-foot-five-inch identical-twin Olympic rowers--makes for one of the most entertaining and compelling books of the year. Before long, Eduardo's and Mark's different ideas about Facebook created in their relationship faint cracks, which soon spiraled into out-and-out warfare. The collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to the adult world of lawyers and money. The great irony is that while Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success tore two best friends apart.

The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost--and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.


Ben Mezrich, a Harvard graduate, has published ten books, including the New York Times bestseller Bringing Down the House . He is a columnist for Boston Common and a contributor for Flush magazine. Ben lives in Boston with his wife, Tonya.




Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2009
ISBN: 9780385529372
0385529376
Branch Call Number: 338.761006754 Mez 3558ad 1
Characteristics: viii, 260 p

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ryankuang
Jul 19, 2017

You can see a lot of the same material used in "The Accidental Billionaires" in Fincher's "The Social Network", in which is adapted from this book, but whereas Sorkin's script delivers on concise dialogue, Mezrich's book seems to get bogged down by superfluous exposition.

You honestly don't need two adjectives to describe every other noun.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 17, 2015

The basis for "The Social Network," this may one of the worst written and laziest researched books I've read in the past few years. Though based in fact, Mezrich writes it like a trashy, cheesy novel, complete with speculations about what characters were thinking and cliched scene-setting (James Bond comes up a bunch). Sure the story is compelling, but this book does not do it justice. Also, almost all the girls in the book are described as "hot." Bleh. The rare case where you should skip the book and see the movie.

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writer13
Jan 26, 2013

This was a fun read, though admittedly, not as fun as the film adaptation. It does highlight though the differences between the popular movie and what likely actually happened as detailed in this narrative. I love Mezrich's writing style and can't wait to read another of his books.

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Eleusis
Feb 12, 2012

You can feel the struggle behind the birth of Facebook. Very similar to the movie - the film was based on this book. Unfortunately it lacks of Mark Zuckerberg point of view, because he declined to speak with the author.

dreadful74 Mar 30, 2011

Bhstuff is right see the movie instead. The book adds no extra details to the story.
The movie is really good and way better then the book.

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21221012271000
Mar 28, 2011

The founding of FACEBOOK: A tale of sex, money, genius, and betrayal.

Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduate students and best friends -- outsiders at a school filled with polished, prep-school grads.

Mark hacked into the University's computer system to get access to the database of female students on campus. The system crashed and Mark nearly got himself kicked out of school. That's when Facebook was born.

Is a compelling read!

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sfc1977
Feb 01, 2011

Loved this book. Such an incredible story with unbelievable characters. Ben Mezrich's style is growing on me and am reading some of his other work and quite enjoying it. Saw the Social Network - which while very close to the book - has made there own interpretations of the characters, which I think makes it too Hollywood - i.e., the whole point about Sean Parker is that he doesn't look nor act like Justin Timberlake. You could debate which is better - the book or the movie - but you'd probably conclude that this is good book and you'll probably be glad you read it.

debwalker Jan 04, 2011

2011 Oscars: The winner of best adapted screenplay was The Social Network, which was based on The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich. The movie also won best score.

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bhstuff
Dec 01, 2010

See the movie instead...
I saw the movie and loved it! usually the book adds more depth and detail than the movie can provide, but in this case, it's almost identical content, just rearranged in ways that don't really matter. this is one time when i'd say the movie is better than the book.

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Feb 12, 2012

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