The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers,
trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up
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.
Which he used 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.
What followed-a real-life adventure filled with slick venture
capitalists, stunning women, and six-foot-five-inch identical-twin
Olympic rowers-makes for one of the most entertaining and
compelling books of the year. Before long, Eduardo's and Mark's
different ideas about Facebook created in their relationship faint
cracks, which soon spiraled into out-and-out warfare. The
collegiate exuberance that marked their collaboration fell prey to
the adult world of lawyers and money. The great irony is that while
Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success
tore two best friends apart.
"The Accidental Billionaires" is a compulsively readable story of
innocence lost-and of the unusual creation of a company that has
revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one
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 for
"Flush" magazine. Ben lives in Boston with his wife, Tonya.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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