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Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires

July 7, 2009

Ben Mezrich, author of the fantastic Bringing Down the House, tells the amazing true story of the accidental creation of Facebook.  If it’s anything as good as his last work, the book should be a good read.  There is already a movie script in the works from writer, Aaron Sorkin called The Social Experiment.  Hopefully it won’t turn out like the last film adaptation of Bringing Down The House; the Craptastic 21.  The book will be released on July 14.

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“Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were Harvard undergraduates and best friends-outsiders at a school filled with polished prep-school grads and longtime legacies. 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.”

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