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The Accidental Billionaires

Posted on: February 8, 2011

Name : The Accidental Billionaires

Author: Ben Mezrich

Genre : Non-fiction

Pages : 260

Language: English

Publication Year: July 14, 2009

Is Review Spoiler: No

Awards :

Movie based on this book : The Social Network

Rating: 4/5

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The Accidental Billionaires is the story of founding of Facebook and revolves around the founders Mark Zuckerberg’s and Eduardo Saverin’s friendship as Harvard undergrads and how the social networking site (Facebook) which is famous for connecting people tore the two best friends apart.

The accidental billionaires is the story of the founding of Facebook written Ben Mezrich.  The only thing missing in the above book is the direct contribution from Mark Zuckerberg. In the first page of the book, Ben Mezrich mentions that “The accidental billionaires is a dramatic, narrative account based on the dozens of interviews, hundreds of sources, and thousands of pages of documents, including from several court proceedings”.

As author says the main source of the book is “Eduardo Saverin, without whom this story could not have been written.”

If you haven’t seen the movie The Social Network yet (which is highly unlikely), you can read the book first and then watch the movie. If you saw the movie, then still you can read the book. The flow of movie and the book is totally different. I enjoyed book more than movie.

I watched the movie first and then I read the book, there are many things which are not in movie but are in the book. This book is not fully technical or geek book, you can only see few geeky words in the book. This book is revolves around the finance and how Facebook became Harvard’s Drom Room project to one of the most successful internet company.

Ben Mezrich has very cleverly described the student life in Harvard and Mark Zukerberg’s personality. The book contains some very interesting moments, moments like when Mark hacks into the Harvard database while simultaneously blog’s about it and creates Facemash in single night which instantly becomes hit and withing 3 hours it crashes the university’s server.

Plot : Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg – an awkward maths prodigy and a painful shy computer genius – where the archetypal social misfits of polished elite Harvard. Yet one day master-hacker Mark created a rateable database (Facemash) of female students, which was so popular it crashed the university’s server. Narrowly escaping the expulsion, the two friends refocused the site into something less controversial – ‘The Facebook’  – and watched as it spread like wildfire across campuses around the country and beyond. Suddenly everyone – from hot girls to venture capitalists – wanted to know Eduardo and Mark.

Yet amidst the popularity, cash, glamor and power, what began as a simple argument spiraled into a out-and-out-war. The great irony is that Facebook succeeded by bringing people together – but it’s very success tore two best friends apart.

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12 Responses to "The Accidental Billionaires"

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Thanks Joannapingky and Glad you liked the review 🙂

I didn;t know the social network is based on this book

yes, it’s based on The Accidental Billionaires 🙂

@sayed….
this think was going on my mind.. there wasnt too much sex thing that happening in the movie.. So the “the social network” is just the adopted version or is it the real deal just like the book…

In the book.. there was not much sex as in movie..

I am yet to read this book 😦

havent watched d movie…havent read d book….mus do sumthin abt it 😀
really liked d way u ended it……irony! 🙂

I enjoyed the book more than movie.. because the flow of movie is totally different from the book..
Glad you liked the review 🙂

Nice review sayed! Surprisingly I haven’t seen the movie yet 😐 Hope I get to read the book soon!

Glad you liked the review 🙂

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