When I travel I like to read books, actual books, not an e-reader but something I can actually hold. In the airport I picked up the book: The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayalby Ben Mezrich. I have read a couple of other books by Mezrich, Ugly Americans : The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millionsand also Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai (P.S.).. Like the other books by the author I have read, they are a very easy and quick read. The problem I have is that you never really know what is actual fact or what the author made up. The author’s note at the beginning of the book states there are some places he has used creative licenses. Also it seems the people who have the grudge to bear against Zukerberg and Facebook were the only ones that responded to interview requests.
Besides the above complaints about the book, there was a lot I learned about the history of thefacebook, how it was founded, some of the people involved in the different lawsuits, etc. The story is pretty compelling and if provides one side of Mark Zuckerberg. The side shown is one of someone who doesn’t care about his customers, more concerned about his site and not caring about anything else.
The more that comes out in the press and the more that is leaked, more and more of what the book alleges is true.
Waiting for the movie to come out in October as well