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Book Review - The Accidental Billionaires - The Book Behind The Social Network Movie

October 02, 2010 | Comments: 0 | Views: 158

I'm one of those freakish few who prefers to read the book before the movie comes out. I feel that I miss something important if I see the movie first.

So despite seeing a few of the preview shorts for "The Social Network," I sat down with Ben Mezrich's "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal" to get it done before my friends drag me to the matinee.

Ben Mezrich is the Harvard educated author who drew public attention when he chronicled the story of a group of MIT students who finessed a blackjack card counting system and had the kahunas to try it out in the Vegas casinos. Wired Magazine excerpted "Bringing Down The House" before Hollywood pounced on the story by making it into the movie "21."

'Billionaires' is beginning to seem formulaic with its plot development: take near genius blokes, connect them with amusing mishaps, outsmart traditional business and sprinkle with aspects of human failing, greed, jealousy, egoism, take your pick. Add just a dash of sex. You get the picture.

'Billionaires' is the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the Harvard student who founded Facebook. And yep, you guessed it, our hero starts out his college days as the quintessential nerdy type.

What piques one's interest most of all is that the author wrought his canned tale without ever interviewing the key players.

The story is techie folklore: Zuckerberg was a dateless wonder with digital skills extraordinaire. In a common freshman ploy on New England campuses every year, a rating system begins, focused on freshman girls. Freshmen girls get a lot of attention on the small campuses; the upperclassmen are tired of the girls in their own classes and swoop down on the freshman chicks likes birds of prey.

What started as a social connection network within Harvard's ivied walls, took on unprecedented proportions when it ran smack into the face of technology.

Facebook quickly expanded. It now boasts over 250 million members and counting.

The privately held company has analysts 'guesstimating' its value at $15 billion. It is common knowledge that would-be suitors such as Google and Microsoft have been spurned.

It would have helped the story greatly if the author had been able to get to know Zuckerberg, the human.

Perhaps this is the best that could be done since neither Zuckerberg nor Facebook approved the book and refused to cooperate.

So the truth is - we don't know. Is Zuckerberg the sweet nerd gone mad and bad? Was there some joy in the air when Zuckerberg finally got the girl? Or is the world jealous because Zuckerberg did something everyone else wishes they had, human nature being what it is?

From the perspective of business, is Zuckerberg a paean to entrepreneurship? Was he just the guy who was in the right place where the lighting bolt struck?

It would have been interesting to get to know Mark Zuckerberg. Maybe we still will someday.

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