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The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

     by Mezrich, Ben

The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, two brilliant geeky nerds, become friends as Harvard undergrads and attempt to navigate the university social scene. They are better with computers and decide to create and launch a social networking website with the hope of accelerating their social life as much as start a business. The creation of Facebook took early imagination, genius and timing whether it was by accident, a stolen idea and/or luck. Details focus on personal relationships, backstabbing and high drama rather than the technical and business aspects of a start up. This odd venture includes friendship and betrayal as well as questionable ethics and power; the result includes multiple lawsuits, bad feelings and the world's youngest billionaire.  

The author begins his story by admitting that Zuckerberg refused all interviews so the story is admittingly one- sided but this does not take away from the entertaining, fast-paced glimpse into the founding of Facebook. The author also wrote the popular bestseller Bringing Down the House. A movie based on The Accidental Billionaires is in the works.

Reviewed by sw, 05/10. Other reviews by sw.