Ben Mezrich has created his own addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling fascinating stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality.
He’s authored twelve books, including Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the Times bestseller list. His book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal –was adapted into the blockbuster movie The Social Network . While writing these true stories, he’s done some pretty awesome things. During his research for Bringing Down the House, he taped $250,000 to his body and smuggled it through airport security with some of the most notorious card-counters in the world, getting to taste the lifestyle of the Las Vegas high roller upon arrival. While writing Ugly Americans, he visited exclusive “Japanese Only” underground sex clubs in Tokyo and juggled roadblocks and run-ins against the Japanese mafia.
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