The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook - Ben Mezrich 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 socially inept, Harvard social outcasts and computer/markting geniuses. One night, as almost a form of revenge for being spurned yet again, Mark sits down and writes a program for a social networking site for the students of Harvard. Not a total success, it gets him into trouble at the school, but does plant the seed for his future success. Mark is not portrayed as a likeable sort; stealing his final idea for Facebook from fellow students and shunning his friends in his rise to success. Interestingly enough Mr. Zuckerberg was not in any way involved in the writing of this book. Does the reader thereby need to take everything written with a grain of salt?

The book is an interesting back-story to the Facebook phenom taking hold, and I was immensely grateful that it did not include highly technical information about programming (which I probably would not have understood anyway), this book did not read as well as Mr. Mezrich’s “Bringing Down the House”.