The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal
The Accidental Billionaires The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex Money Genius and Betrayal Author:Ben Mezrich The bestselling author of Bringing Down the House pens the incredible true story of the accidental creation of Facebook, and the even more amazing tale of what followed. — Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends-outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and longtime legacie... more »s. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a geeky awkwardness with the opposite sex. The two figured their ticket to social acceptance-and sexual success-was getting invited to join one of Harvard's elite final clubs. But on their road to getting punched into the famous Phoenix Club, they found an even more valuable ticket to social stardom-one lonely night Mark Zuckerberg hacked into the university's computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus, subsequently crashing the university's servers, and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his spartan Harvard dorm room, the barebones framework for Facebook was born.
What followed-a real-life adventure filled with unimaginable wealth, sex, exotic locales, six-foot-five identical-twin Olympic rowers, and betrayal-makes for one of the most entertaining and compelling books of the year. The great irony is that Facebook succeeded by bringing people together-while at the same time, it tore two best friends apart.
You know when you read a book, but you know it should be half the length? this is one of those- SO many unnecessary words- do I really need to read about how the weeping willows looked on the moonless night?
The author states this at the beginning of the book- he took creative liberties. and made the book much longer than it should have been. "yawn"- get to the facts and the story- save the details for someone who cares. Sorry, skimmed the book, looking for the information I wanted.
Interesting story that could have been written in a feature length magazine article and included all the important information. I felt the author stretched his material to make it book length. There was a lot of conjecture of what might have been going through someone's mind plus lengthy detailing of scenery, settings, body types, etc that seemed like the writer was using it just for filler. Easy to read in a few hours time, I found myself skipping ahead to find out the next essential piece of the story.
From the true story in the news to the movie - I have seen and heard everything about the history of how Facebook was started and the person Mark Zuckerberg is. The news covered everything from a very logical side where everyone's opinions were shared. The movie definitely did not side with Zuckerberg.
The book - a whole different story (pun intended). Seeing as some of the people involved decided not to partake in the interviews, I felt that this book was very one-sided. I think it should have be renamed - Eduardo's story because the author definitely interviewed him and the story was really based on him and his adventures. A co-founder of facebook and its first investor - he is also on the list of people who Mark screwed over on his way to becoming the youngest billionaire.
I would pass this book onto those who are interested in the facebook story and want to hear something different from what was told in the movie and in the news. A great read with an interesting take on the story of facebook