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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Mzerich Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 awkwar The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook. They shared both academic brilliance in math and a geeky awkwardness with women. Mark, with less of an biolionaires in what the campus alpha males thought of him, happened to be a computer genius of the first order. Which he used to find a more direct route to social stardom: 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.

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The collegiate exuberance that marked their bllionaires fell prey to the adult world of lawyers and money. The great irony is that while Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success tore two best friends apart. 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.

He is a columnist for Boston Common and a contributor for Flush magazine. Ben lives in Boston with his wife, Tonya. Hardcoverpages. Published July 14th by Doubleday first published January 1st The Founding of Facebook: To see what your friends thought of this book, please bilkionaires up. To ask other readers questions about The Accidental Billionairesplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Accidental Billionaires.

Lists with This Book. May 24, Petra Eggs rated ven it was ok Shelves: When I read a book that has a great deal of biographical detail and where the subject refuses to co-operate and where there are too many phrases like, ‘he must have thought’, mfzrich could have surmised’, ‘maybe he felt’, I think that even accidenta the author is as well-respected as Mezrich, this is probably a load of balls. 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 When I read a book that has a great deal of biographical detail and where the subject refuses to co-operate and where there are too many phrases like, ‘he must have thought’, ‘he could have surmised’, ‘maybe he felt’, I think that even if the author is as well-respected as Mezrich, this is probably a load of balls. It can’t stand people who have done something that puts them in the public eye but they don’t want the public attention. The media, journalists, papparazzi, editors all feel that they are entitled to make bucks off these people and need to have good sources of information and they hate those that just want to live a private life.

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So Zuckerberg always comes off worst. To me, they are fair game for the press. But Zuckerberg is a private man, and his privacy should be respected and the envelope not pushed with what he might have thought or surmised, or whether he started Facebook because he was anti-social and bitter having been rejected by some girl or other.

Authors like Mezrich rely on the fact that Zuckerberg probably wouldn’t sue, so can continue to write this crap because he couldn’t get an interview. Other than that, the book was quite good for a business book, but without Zuckerberg’s input and with the all-too-willing input of his enemies, it wasn’t ever going to be the definitive book of Facebook. View all 8 comments.

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Mar 20, Elaine rated it did not like it. Listening to audiobook, I could tell from the outset that it was going to be terrible. Normally, I’d have quit, but I decided to stick with it for the story. Soon I realized that I was listening to it for the entertainment value of its badness.

The book, seemingly untouched by an editor’s hand, is dense with stereotypes, cliches, hyperbole, adolescent fantasies which seem to be the author’s bi,lionaires than those of the main charactersmixed metaphors, inappropriate comparisons, and comical malaprop Listening to audiobook, I could tell from the outset that it was going to be terrible.

The book, seemingly untouched by an editor’s hand, is dense with stereotypes, cliches, hyperbole, adolescent fantasies which seem to be the author’s more than those of the main charactersmixed metaphors, inappropriate comparisons, and comical malapropisms.

Just a billionairex examples: A bar in an Italian restaurant is “sidled up to the kitchen. Geeks never have girlfriends; the college elite are always big, blond jocks. The only attractive women are buxom blonds or Asians. A guy with a “baby face” is, in the next sentence, said to have thick black eyebrows and dark piercing eyes.

The main character is “the most brilliant programmer on the planet. Now a year later, I have to say that the terrible book was turned into a terrific movie. View all 10 comments. Aug 23, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: Audio Book Review Number 2. 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. Which is how I came to read this book. I probably could have just watched the movie. For having a story being told in my ear while Aaccidental ran up and down the streets of Woodside it was entertaining enough. And yes, the story mexrich basically the story of the peripheral players because the most important voice in this whole story is missing.

As the introduction and his reputation would suggest, Mark Zuckerberg declined to tell his side of the story. His real stake in the company was putting up a few thousand is this right? Where else would have you have turned a few thousand dollars into 40 million?

Also, I never quite understood what his role in the company was. Their money would come from a different form of advertising similar to the model that Google was using down the road from where Zuckerberg and Facebook were holed up in California.

The finals club he was a part of was probably a large part of how so many people signed up so quickly. If he had helped them launch the site would it have been the social networking site that everyone would be using today?

Probably not, it probably would have been a more college aimed version of Friendster, if it ever even became anything outside of the Harvard community. I felt like there was something missing in the story of his being ousted from Facebook. There are hints that Parker thought there was a conspiracy at play, but a large portion of this story seems to be missing. Oct 26, Grace rated it did not like it Shelves: If I could find a way to delete my Facebook account and still remain in contact with my family and close friends, I’d do it after reading this book.

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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 If I could find a way to delete my Facebook account and still remain in contact with my family and close friends, I’d do it after reading this book.

How do you write the story of the founding of Facebook without the founder? The correct answer should be that you don’t, but not if you are Ben Mezrich. There was not a single likable character in the entire story. Mark Zuckerberg was portrayed as a narcissist hacker who used people until their usefulness was gone and then tossed them aside without a care. Interview or no interview, I think I believe this interpretation of Mark because it would explain why Facebook randomly changes for the worse without any notice or recourse to reverse the changes.

Mark’s variety of business partners: Eduardo, the Winklevoss Twins who placed sixth in crew at Beijing Olympics! It was all petty, “high school” antics in an Ivy League setting – freezing business accounts, telling the President of Harvard that someone stole your idea It made me sick to my stomach to think that Harvard University with the exception of Sean Parker – he was just a leech looking to latch on to the next big thing is the sandbox in which the world’s up and coming movers and shakers can whine, make calls to daddy, and use women for sex, preferably in a bathroom stall while your friend bangs a girl in the next stall over.

Oh and this book’s portrayal of college women was disgusting. I went to college granted, it wasn’t an Ivy League collegebut there was a lot more to it than getting laid.

Women were compared to farm animals for entertainment or the prize to win, sleep with, and discard. The one serious relationship in the whole book ends in a dorm room blaze when Eduardo’s girlfriend burns a present he gave her, all of his clothes, and sets her room on fire.

She’s referred to as crazy.

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Okay, maybe she earned the crazy, but treating women like objects isn’t okay with me and I’m sure Harvard University isn’t happy with the portrayal either.

And now for the last key part of this story – Harvard University. After reading this book, I want to delete my facebook and I’m incredibly thankful I didn’t go to Harvard University. I am certain that this is not the type of press Harvard is after.

Mezrich speaks about Harvard like it is the only university in the United States of America. It is the only school with core courses bi,lionaires a well rounded education.

Only Harvard has dorms that are cooler than other dorms or dorms that are way off in the middle of nowhere. I’m all about school spirit, but Ben Mezrich’s portrayal of Harvard is incredibly elitist, yet incredibly insulting all at the same time.