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In this very funny and engaging interview by Scott Kirsner, Ben Mezrich talks about writing, rejection, and how he came to write Bringing Down the House, which was made into the movie 21, and The Accidental Billionaires, which was made into the movie The Social Network.

Author of twelve books, Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality.

Scott Kirsner’s column, Innovation Economy, appears in the Globe every Sunday, and he also maintains a companion blog. Kirsner’s writing has also appeared in BusinessWeek, Variety, The New York Times, and other publications.


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Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich

Author of twelve books, Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality.

Mezrich is best known for Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which was his first book. It tells the story of a group of students from MIT using a sophisticated card counting system at casino to bet on blackjack games, winning millions of dollars. In 2008 the story was made into the movie “21”.

In 2010, Aaron Sorkin adapted Mezrich’s book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal, the movie The Social Network. The book, written in 2009, debuted at No. 4 on the New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller List, and No. 1 on the Boston Globe Nonfiction Bestseller List.