Ben Mezrich

  • Ben Mezrich's 2009 bestseller The Accidental Billionaires is the definitive account of Facebook's founding - and the basis for the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network . Two of the story's iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and legal foils to Mark Zuckerberg. Bitcoin Billionaires is the story of the brothers' redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook - and the first great book from the world of bitcoin. Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money for fear of alienating Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into a shady character who tells them about a brand new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realize "crypto" is, in their own words, "either the next big thing or total bulls--t." There's nothing left to do but make a bet. From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission to the Facebook boardroom, Bitcoin Billionaires will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future. On November 26th, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here's the story of how they got there - as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.

  • From Ben Mezrich, the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, comes Bitcoin Billionaires - the fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss's big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off. Ben Mezrich's 2009 bestseller The Accidental Billionaires is the definitive account of Facebook's founding - and the basis for the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network . Two of the story's iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and legal foils to Mark Zuckerberg. Bitcoin Billionaires is the story of the brothers' redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook - and the first great book from the world of bitcoin. Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money for fear of alienating Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into a shady character who tells them about a brand new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realize "crypto" is, in their own words, "either the next big thing or total bulls--t." There's nothing left to do but make a bet. From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission to the Facebook boardroom, Bitcoin Billionaires will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future. On November 26th, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here's the story of how they got there - as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.

  • Etudiant à Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg a beau être un génie en informatique, cela ne suffit pas à le rendre populaire.
    Un soir, il pirate le trombinoscope de l'université et crée en quelques heures un site pour noter les plus belles filles du campus... Facebook est né. S'ensuit une de ces aventures hors du commun, où les millions de dollars circulent, où les amis deviennent rivaux, où un garçon change à lui seul la face du monde. Aujourd'hui, plus de 500 millions de personnes sont des utilisateurs actifs de Facebook.

  • Anglais Sex on the moon

    Ben Mezrich

    Thad Roberts, a fellow in a NASA programme had an idea - a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impenetrable laboratory at NASA's headquarters - and help him steal the most precious objects in the world.

  • Relates the story behind the founding of Facebook by Harvard University undergraduates, and describes how conflicting ideas for the future of the site destroyed the friendship of co-founders Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin.

  • Card-counting - making a record of what cards have been dealt to enable the player to make a prediction of what cards remain in the deck - is legal, although casinos understandably ban card-counters. This title reveals a scam in which mathematicians and physicists won millions from Las Vegas casinos.

  • For nearly five years, he was known as the 'Darling Of Las Vegas'. Some said he was a Russian arms dealer, others a pop star from Eastern Europe. But the truth was even more unlikely: he was a twenty-one year old graduate student who had a plan that would one day make him richer than anyone could possibly imagine.

  • Anglais Rigged

    Ben Mezrich

    A gripping, real-life thriller set in the world of the most important tradeable commodity on earth: oil

  • Recounts the story of how a notorious gang of MIT blackjack savants devised and received backing for a system for winning at the world's most sophisticated casinos, an endeavor that earned them more than three million dollars.

  • At Harvard, social acceptance and success with the opposite sex had to be applied for. In the absence of family money or innate charisma, misfit and maths prodigy Eduardo Saverin dreamed of joining one of Harvard's elite Final clubs.

  • Anglais Breaking Vegas

    Ben Mezrich

    For nearly five years, he was known as the 'Darling Of Las Vegas'; the biggest high roller to hit Sin City in decades, a hotshot, twenty one year-old kid with a seemingly unlimited bankroll and an even more unlimited lust for big money action. His name was Semyon Dukatch, and stories swirled in his wake. Some said he was a Russian arms dealer, others a pop star from Eastern Europe. But the truth was even more unlikely: he was a twenty-one year old graduate student who had a plan that would one day make him richer than anyone could possibly imagine.

    The Darling of Las Vegas quickly became a legend in the casino world. He is the only person banned from the island of Aruba. He was held, at gunpoint, in a cave in Monte Carlo and told that if he ever returned, he'd be murdered. And he made millions of dollars playing blackjack, using three simple techniques that gave him the edge, techniques that are revealed in this book for the first time.

    This is his story, the ultimate true story of Las Vegas, the book Vegas doesn't want you to read...

  • Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg - an awkward maths prodigy and a painfully shy computer genius - were never going to fit in at elite, polished Harvard. Yet that all changed when master-hacker Mark crashed the university's entire computer system by creating a rateable database of female students.

  • Anglais Ugly Americans

    Ben Mezrich

    John Malcolm is barely 30, a high school football hero and Princeton graduate, he controls a hedge fund worth $50m.He made his millions back in the early '90's, a time when dozens of elite youngAmerican graduates made their fortunes in hedge funds in the Far East, beating the Japanese at their own game, riding the crashing waves of the Asian markets and winning.Failure meant not only bankruptcy and disgrace a la Nick Leeson, but potentially even death - at the hands of the Japanese Yakuza.

    Ugly Americans tells Malcolm's story, and that of others like him, in a cross between Mezrich's own best-selling Bringing Down the House and Michael Lewis' Liar's Poker.

  • Thad Roberts est un jeune homme brillant et ambitieux dont le rêve un peu fou est de devenir astronaute. Il décide de reprendre ses études et finit par intégrer la NASA comme stagiaire. Au bout de quelques mois, il apprend qu'une partie des échantillons de pierres de Lune rapportés lors des missions Apollo y est stockée. L'idée commence à germer en lui d'en voler une partie pour les revendre, persuadé que cet argent l'aiderait à achever sa formation et à toucher son rêve du doigt. Il se lance dans la recherche d'un éventuel acheteur par Internet, mais il n'est toujours pas prêt à sauter le pas ... jusqu'au jour où il rencontre une fille dont il tombe éperdument amoureux. Animé par l'idée romantique de décrocher la lune pour sa bien-aimée, Thad décide alors de passer à l'acte et vole un précieux morceau de Lune. Évidemment, le FBl ne tarde pas à porter ses soupçons sur Thad et met au point un piège pour coincer le voleur. Thad est arrêté et emprisonné. Il encourt au départ une peine de trois ans, mais pour protéger sa bien-aimée, dont il n'entendra très vite plus parler, il plaide coupable et écope d'une peine de huit ans. Qui est vraiment ce brillant étudiant dont la vie bascule lorsqu'il décide de décrocher la lune?
    En s'appuyant sur des recherches méticuleuses et des documents précis tels que les interviews des protagonistes, dont Thad Roberts en personne, Ben Mezrich nous confie l'histoire d'un casse insensé et de personnages pris en étau entre amour, génie et folie, dans un style déjanté et virtuose.

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