The Accidental Billionaires: Sex, Money, Betrayal and the Founding of Facebook

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Arrow, 2010 - Businesspeople - 260 pages
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Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg - an awkward maths prodigy and a painfully shy computer genius - were never going to fit in at elite, polished Harvard. Yet that all changed when master-hacker Mark crashed the university's entire computer system by creating a rateable database of female students. Narrowly escaping expulsion, the two misfits refocused the site into something less controversial - 'The Facebook' - and watched as it spread like a wildfire across campuses around the country, along with their popularity.

Yet amidst the dizzying levels of cash and glamour, as silicon valley, venture capitalists and reams of girls beckoned, the first cracks in their friendship started to appear, and what began as a simple argument spiralled into an out-and-out war. The great irony is that Facebook succeeded by bringing people together - but its very success tore two best friends apart.

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User Review  - debs4jc - LibraryThing

Facebook has made a tremendous impact on the world, and this book attempts to tell the story of how it came to be. I must admit, I understand Facebook a bit better after knowing a bit about it's ... Read full review

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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

The story of Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, creators of Facebook. I believe this book was the basis for the movie “The Social Network” (which I have not seen). Mark and Eduardo are portrayed as ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Ben Mezrich, a Harvard graduate, has published ten books, including the New York Times bestseller Bringing Down the House. He is a columnist for Boston Common and a contributor to Flush magazine.

Ben lives in Boston with his wife, Tonya.

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