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The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayalby Ben Mezrich
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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.
The Social Network, the much anticipated movie...adapted from Ben Mezrich's book TheAccidental Billionaires. --The New York Times
Best friends Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg had spent many lonely nights looking for a way to stand outamong Harvard University's elite, comptetitive, and accomplished student body. Then, in 2003, Zuckerberg hacked into Harvard's computers, crashed the campus network, almost gothimself expelled, and was inspired to create Facebook, the social networking site that has since revolutionized communication around the world.
With Saverin's funding theirtiny 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 turnedinto out-and-out warfare as it fell prey to the adult world of venture capitalists, big money, lawyers.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Uproarious. . . . Stimulating enough to keep even an unmedicated narcoleptic awake.
--The Washington Times
Mezrich's prose has a cinematic flavor.
--The Boston Globe
You won't be able to put the book down. The story's far too compelling, and entirely too personal, to toss aside.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
\BEN MEZRICH is the author of eleven books, including the international bestseller Bringing Down the House, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was made into the movie 21, starring Kevin Spacey. Ben lives in Boston with his wife, Tonya.
Table of Contents
October 2003 — Harvard Yard — On the Charles — Cannibalistic chickens — The last week of October 2003 — Later that evening — What happens next — The Quad — The connection — November 25, 2003 — Cambridge, 1. — January 14, 2004 — February 4, 2004 — February 9, 2004 — American Idol — Veritas — March 2004 — New York City — Spring semester — May 2004 — Serendipity — California dreaming — Henley on the Thames — July 28, 2004 — San Francisco — October 2004 — December 3, 2004 — April 3, 2005 — April 4, 2005 — What goes around-- — June 2005 — Three months later — CEO — May 2008 — Where are they now--?
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