The Accidental Billionaires

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Written By: Ben Mezrich
Narrated By: Mike Chamberlain
Publisher: Random House Audio
Duration: 7 Hours 23 Minutes

Book Rating: stars_4-5

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Summary: 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 awkwardness with women.

Eduardo figured their ticket to social acceptance, and sexual success, was getting invited to join one of the university’s Final Clubs, a constellation of elite societies that had groomed generations of the most powerful men in the world and ranked on top of the inflexible hierarchy at Harvard.

Mark, with less of an interest in what the campus alpha males thought of him, happened to be a computer genius of the first order. And he used his genius to find a more direct route to social stardom: one lonely night, Mark hacked into the university’s computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus and subsequently crashing the university’s servers and nearly getting himself kicked out of school. In that moment, in his Harvard dorm room, the framework for Facebook was born.

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Ben Mezrich: The Accidental Billionaires Audio Book Summary

The story of Facebook’s creation has become a must-have for anyone living in the 21st century, we have books about it, articles about it, even a movie about it.

download-ben-mezrich-the-accidental-billionaires-audiobookThis book aims to offer the perspective of Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg on the creation of Facebook, the most popular social network in the world.

It was written by Ben Mezrich an American author who started writing fiction books like Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which was a success. With his work The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal, he made his debut in the genre of nonfiction, his book being recognized and later adapted by scriptwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin for The social network.

It starts with the university life of the creators of Facebook at Harvard. Zuckerberg wanted to create a website where people could meet, connect, interact. From the process of creative idea to execution he encountered situations related to women, betrayals, demands and money.

To contextualize the reader, the work describes Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin as people with little social life, Saverin, who is most interested in social activities. Mark for his part, initially creates a site to qualify Facemash University women’s physique, which almost cost him the expulsion. Then create the first version of Facebook (TheFacebook).

It is well known that Facebook had a controversial birth, and an even more controversial success. The author tries to put on the table everything that involved the development that one of the most successful brands in the world.

It is interesting to know the background of a social network used by so many millions of people, from its creation to the way in which not only change a generation, but change the world and how people communicate and communicate by many more years.

It is fascinating to think that if Zuckerberg’s idea could not have been fulfilled for any reason, our life would be totally different.

One aspect to emphasize in the book, is that Mezrich tries to be the most objective possible to the time to put in paper a so controversial history, describes to the personages of impartial way.

The criticism of the book is that the author admitted to have imagined some described scenes, which seems not to be appropriate when writing a nonfiction book, in fact, there are scenes in which Zuckerberg is alone, the question is, How Mezrich could do to know what happened reliably if he never managed to interview the creator of Facebook for the purpose of the book.

Which brings us to another question to be pondered, really only contemplated a part of the real story, we will never know the Zuckerberg version, which is the largest and most important piece of the puzzle. There is a huge stretch between the story we know and the one that could be the real one.