The Accidental Billionaires

The Accidental Billionaires

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

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"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, competitive, 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, and lawyers.

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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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