The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook
“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, comptetitive, and accomplished student body. Then, in 2003, Zuckerberg hacked into H
Modern society, the media, cannot stand those who refuse to have a publicist, give interviews, employ a stylist and have a dozen employees referred to as 'my people'. It can't stand p ...more
I feel like my audio book choices are sort of bonuses to my reading list. They haven't exactly been books I would probably choose to read, but I have at least a slight curiosity about them. I still don’t love this format and I can’t see myself sitting down and listening to an audio book, or listening to one while commuting (although it could be a way to speed up my reading, I’d have to test to see if listening to a book at one and a half times the normal speed is faste ...more
I'll start with the story itself. I call it a story because author Ben Mezrich admits that he fictionalized scenes based on eye witness accounts and made up others to fill in gaps. Mezrich was also unable to secure an interview with Mark Zuckerberg, the mastermind behind Facebook. How do you write the story of the founding of Facebook without the fo ...more
The ideology of the new generation includes without any doubt the giant Facebook. It has become part of the social evolution of our century and it has reached even the basic unit of society: family and individual. In my opinion, Facebook is the tool we use nowadays for both personal and business activities. Today’s gener ...more
You'll have a much better time watching the movie The Social Network (I did, on the plane, from Munich to Singapore), you might even come away with a sense of who was nasty and who was nice, but reading the book is like eating white toast bread. Tasteless. And disappointing. Being a firm believe of the old cliche that the book is better than the film, I was expecting to come away with some tangible insights. I didn't.
It's nothing to do with Mezrich's skill as a w ...more
Unfortunately, the author was unable to get the single most central character, Mark Zuckerberg, to be interview ...more
It's not shocking that this book is so bad. Mark Zuckerberg has so much money and so much power that no one can force him to spill his guts. Lots of people resent that. But even assuming that the worst is true, about Mark and his empire, was Ben Mezrich the BEST author they could find to trash this guy?
Ben Mezrich doesn't write like someone who loves books, or who enjoys reading. He writes like he is blind drunk in a frat house at 3 AM, and trying to impress the other gu ...more
Mezrich, himself, says several of the characters are composites (more red flags,) and some reviewers have complained the book was too long and boring. I listened to it ...more
From Page 1 onwards, you ...more
“He’s like the kid who can’t believe he got in.” – Kevin Spacey on Mezrich
“The book isn’t reportage. It’s big juicy fun.” – Todd Doughty (Publicist for The Accidental Billionaires)
Now I like big, juicy fun as much as the next guy, but I was hoping we might spend just a moment with the Author’s Note ...more
Don't be fooled, though. The real story behind the creation of Facebook can be found only with each founder. This book and the movie based on it are only a part of the story.
Also this was the basis for my course conclusion work on journalism, about b ...more
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January 12, 2016
A Book Review: The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook
A young college sophomore by the name of Mark Zuckerberg is trying to find his way through college life at Harvard University. Eduardo Saverin is a college junior who cares about two things: business and social skill. Eduardo is trying to get into one of the Final Clubs at Harvard: The Phoenix. At a party initiation for this club is where the computer genius and young busin ...more
Mezrich did not have direct access to the characters involved (notably Zuckerberg) but that doesn't stop him from ascribing motive, providing a painful amount of false detail, and describing bizarre sex scenes with Zuckerberg, Savarin, and two fictitious Asian students in adjoining bathroom stalls.
Also, someone please get Mezrich a thesaurus (or guide him to thesaurus.com, I mean really). "Auti ...more
Two things cause this book to be glaring as a could have been.
The first is no Mark Zuckerberg. It may be understandable that when writing a biography about such a subject that the main ...more
A staggering 71% of the British public log in to Facebook every day, over 1 billion users worldwide have signed up, and it is worth an estimated $15m. That's a lot of people looking at a lot of ex's! Quite impressive for a company that launched in 2005.
But the most impres ...more
Majoring in Computer Science I've interacted with more than my fare share of Zuk'rburg types. None of which share his level of intelligence but I am confident in saying that the minds behind the creation of the culture-beast that is facebook share a certain geek trait that I first encountered in undergrad and still fascinates me to this day.
You see the fascinating thing about a praised engineer is they p ...more
With his newest non-fiction book, Once Upon a Time in Russia, Mezrich tells his most incredible story yet: A true drama of obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal from deep inside the world of billionair ...more