The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook (Unabridged)
by 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. And he used his genius 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. 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.
Good Book, But Don't Believe EVERYTHING You Read
It was a good book, but you need to realize as the reader that Mezrich never sat down with Mark Zuckerberg. He simply took events from multiple interviews from people and other interviews with Mark Zuckerberg. But as you will hear in the beginning Zuckerberg did refuse to sit down with Mezrich to talk about the book. It is a good story, and enjoyable to listen to. Especially if you are planning on seeing the movie that this book is the basis for. (The Social Network) As long as you don't take this book as the absolute truth to how Facebook was made I think you will enjoy it. But if you are looking for the REAL story and the Story that can only be truthfully told by Mark Zuckerberg. this is unfortunatley not the book you want to read.
The book Aaron Sorkin's Facebook movie will be based on...
Fairly entertaining dramatized re-telling of the story of the founding of facebook. Since not all of the key players participated in helping to develop this book, we are often left w/ lots of dramat...izations (i.e. lines like 'we can imagine', 'perhaps', 'maybe'). It's clear Zuckerberg didn't participate so there are few original insights (newsflash: he likes hoodies and addidas flips). Wish there was more insight into business strategy and the technology behind The Facebook. That said it was a good, light and quick read. Reccomended for facebook addicts who want a mix of soap opera and a founding of story. Think several hundred pages of Valleywag.
Average for Mezrich
I usually enjoy Ben Mezrich's writing, but this book had even more speculation than usual. Way to one sided, and from the scorned side. I would have like to have heard more on the success of Facebook, and not the whining of the people that were shut out.....