The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal – Author Defends Book
Mezrich is facing criticism for his book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal which details the creation and rise of the popular social networking site. Reviewers of the book are saying that it’s a fictionalized account of the founding of FaceBook and not a non-fiction work.
Mezrich defends himself saying, “It’s a non-fiction book. It’s a true story. I am a narrative non-fiction writer in a way that other people don’t write. I’m trying to create my own genre of non- fiction.”
FaceBook’s spokesman counters, “Ben Mezrich clearly aspires to be the Jackie Collins or Danielle Steele of Silicon Valley.”
Mezrich is insistant that he followed standard journalistic practice yet he apparently didn’t interview Mark Zukerberg, the founder of FaceBook. Critics also say thta Mezrich doesn’t properly explain how Zuckerberg transformed from a somewhat anti-social student to a huge internet success.
Ben Mezrich speaks with Bloomberg about The Accidental Billionaires: