Ben Mezrich
American author
Ben Mezrich
Ben Mezrich is an American author from Princeton, New Jersey. He graduated magna-cum-laude with a degree in Social Studies from Harvard University in 1991. Some of his books have been written under the pseudonym Holden Scott. Mezrich attended Princeton Day School, in Princeton, New Jersey. He is known for his non-fiction books. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Ben Mezrich on new book about a real-life alien hunter
CBS News - 5 months
Flying saucers and visits from extraterrestrials have long been a source of fascination in American culture. There are many who believe aliens and their ability to visit Earth are a fact, and some are willing to go to great lengths to prove it. That's the subject of author Ben Mezrich's new book, "The 37th Parallel," which tells the story of one man's 30-year quest to prove aliens are real. Mezrich joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the book and the so-called "UFO Highway."
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Don’t cry for “the little guy on Wall Street”
Reuters.com - over 3 years
This happens every time something goes wrong on the stock market — every time there’s a flash crash, or a high-frequency trading firm blows up, or the Nasdaq is forced to go dark for three hours. A bunch of editors who don’t really know anything about HFT ask for stories about it, and they all want the same thing: a tale of how a small group of high-speed trading shops, armed with state-of-the-art computers, are using their artificial information advantage, and their lightning-fast speed, to extract enormous rents from the little guy. The result is a spate of stories like Rob Curran’s latest piece for Fortune, which appears under the headline “Make $377,000 trading Apple in one day”. Of course, there are lots of ways to do that: one way would be to buy about 77,000 shares of Apple, for $37.7 million, and then watch them rise by 1%. But Curran reckons he’s found a better way — indeed, an easy profit which involves no risk at all. What’s more, this method is particularly evil, since ap ...
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Books of The Times: ‘Straight Flush’ by Ben Mezrich
NYTimes - almost 4 years
In “Straight Flush,” Ben Mezrich follows a bunch of fraternity buddies through the rise and fall of what they hoped would be an online poker empire.     
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Dean Regas: Dear Writers, Editors, TV Producers, and Movie Directors
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
If you have any astronomy in your stories -- if you mention space, if you display a telescope, even if you present the Moon only once -- please, for the love of Galileo, get an astronomy consultant. There is nothing that so turns professional and amateur astronomers off to your stories than when you show the wrong Moon phase for the time of night, a sunrise that's really a sunset in reverse, or a cheap telescope that stands-in for a great telescope. It's distracting, it's unnecessary, and it's so easily fixed. My plea is negatively inspired by the Ben Mezrich "non-fiction" book, Sex on the Moon. Mezrich chronicles the life of Thad Roberts who orchestrated the theft of 101.5 ounces of lunar material from a NASA vault at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). I can forgive his tepid retelling of the climactic love-making scene on top of Moon dust, but not his frequent scientific inaccuracies and blatant mathematical errors that ruined the story. Errors erupted on page 35 when Rob ...
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Five Things You Need to Know Today: July 16
Brookline Patch - over 4 years
1. Mostly cloudy and 89ºF highs predicted by the National Weather Service today, followed by a 70ºF partly cloudy evening. Patches of fog between 7 and 8 a.m. 2. If you have an opinion about something, we are always happy to take a Letter to the Editor. There are a few guidelines to keep in mind, but we will consider anything you send along. E-mail it to Grahame.Turner@Patch.com 3. If you are applying for a Brookline Community Foundation Community Grant, Applications are Due today. Contact the BCF if you have any questions: 617-566-4442. 4. The Brookline Booksmith is welcoming the man whose book inspired "The Social Network," Ben Mezrich, author of "Sex on the Moon," his new book which follows a NASA intern's attempt to steal moon rocks. Head to the store at 7 p.m. to find out more. 5. Have you learned to stop worrying and love the bomb? Director Stanley Kubrick's famed satire is a Big Screen Classics, playing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre at 7 p.m. tonight. You will meet ...
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Bullfights, Bankruptcy And A Damn Dangerous Book
NPR - over 4 years
Reading The Sun Also Rises as a 12-year-old, author Ben Mezrich realized he wanted to be just like the main character — an alcoholic. Not that he knew what that meant. The book also helped him find his true calling. Have you wanted to be like a character in a book? Tell us about it in the comments. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Books For the Pool, the Beach or to Curl Up With at Home
Affton-Shrewsbury Patch - over 4 years
Whether lounging by the swimming pool, relaxing on a beach towel on a family vacation or just curling up at home with a good book, many people make summer a time to tackle a good mystery, suspense thriller or romance novel that has been on their "to do" list. Here is a list of "summer reads" suggested by local librarians and a book store manager. From Deb Morford, a manager at Barnes and Noble Booksellers: While not exactly a Top 10 list, Morford suggested a variety of different books that are popular summer reading choices. Beautiful Sacrifice, by Elizabeth Lowell Mayan artifacts have gone missing in this tale of an archaeologist who finds herself in the middle of an investigation into the missing items. But, finding the missing artifacts is only the beginning of the mystery. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros Esperanza Cordero recollects her life living on Mango Street and all the people she meets while there. Although her family has not always lived ...
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Writers on a New England Stage: Ben Mezrich
NPR - about 5 years
This segment was produced by Shannon Dooling. The controversial author and self-proclaimed inventor of a new genre of literary non-fiction, Ben Mezrich's bestselling books include Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires. The first was the source for the film, 21 and the second was adapted into the Academy Award-winning movie The Social Network. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Boston Events to Attract Largest Gathering of Inbound Marketers Ever - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Both summits include an extraordinary lineup of renowned speakers such as Guy Kawasaki, YoungeMe Moon, Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah, Nancy Duarte, Ben Mezrich, Clara Shih, and many more. Attendees will be able to participate in networking events,
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Bartlett native on fast track to outer space - Chicago Daily Herald
Google News - over 5 years
“Sex on the Moon” by Ben Mezrich What's on your iPod? Lots of country music and songs by White Panda Maintaining a steady hand and even breaths, the 21-year-old Bartlett native manages to keep the display's diamond in the little square to continue on
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Moon Talking - Ben Mezrich Interview - The List
Google News - over 5 years
Ben Mezrich is not finding it hard to find subject matter for future books. The American author started as a novelist but is better known for writing a string of bestselling non-fiction books including The Accidental Billionaires about Facebook founder
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Sex on the Moon: Ben Mezrich goes from Facebook to NASA crook - National Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
says Ben Mezrich, author of Accidental Billionaires, the book that became The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which was made into the 2008 film 21. Mezrich's latest book, out this month, is Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story behind the
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Money Q&A With Ben Mezrich, Author of 'Sex on the Moon' - Fox Business
Google News - over 5 years
Gonzo journalist Ben Mezrich typically chronicles high-rolling Ivy League genius geeks for a living. But in Thad Roberts, Mezrich met the brightest, highest-rolling geek of them all: a love-struck NASA intern who pulled off one of the most audacious
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Ben Mezrich and the problem with boy geniuses - Toronto Star
Google News - over 5 years
It's been fertile ground for author Ben Mezrich, who has studied minds — most famously that of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in a book that inspired The Social Network movie — as his vicarious route to living the same sort of big, bold, brazen life that
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Money Q&A with Ben Mezrich, author of 'Sex on the Moon' - CreditCards.com
Google News - over 5 years
Gonzo journalist Ben Mezrich typically chronicles high-rolling Ivy League genius geeks for a living. Ben Mezrich's forte until now has been chronicling the adventures and missteps of the moneyed crowd, including Facebook founder Mark
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Best Sellers: Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction: Sunday, August 7th 2011
NYTimes - over 5 years
About the Best Sellers: These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the August 7, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending July 23, 2011. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book's sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above it. A dagger (†) indicates that some retailers report
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ben Mezrich
    THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 40
    Mezrich published a new book in July 2009 about Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, titled The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (ISBN 0-385-52937-6).
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at #4 on the New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller List, and #1 on the Boston Globe Nonfiction Bestseller List, and the subsequent controversy surrounding it earned Mezrich the nickname "The Jackie Collins of Silicon Valley." In a recent interview on Conspiracy Worldwide Radio, Mezrich discussed his relationship with Zuckerberg and his motivation when writing the book. The Social Network, a movie based on the book was released on 1 October 2010. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg and Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin. The screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin. Mezrich is the co-host of season 3 of the GSN series The World Series of Blackjack and the World Blackjack Tour. He also represented Massachusetts as a contestant in the Sexiest Bachelor in America Pageant on Fox in 2000. Fatal Error is a TBS premiere movie adaptation of his second book, Reaper, starring Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Robert Wagner. Skin was originally written as an X-Files episode. Rigged was optioned by Mark Cuban's 2929 as well as "Q" a work of fiction by Mezrich. Ugly Americans has been optioned by Summit, the screenplay was written by Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Quiet American, and a draft also completed by Mezrich himself.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    In 2007, Mezrich published Rigged (ISBN 0-06-125272-7) which recounts a largely fictional account of the formation of what would eventually become the Dubai Mercantile Exchange by two young visionaries, one in the New York Mercantile Exchange and the other in the Dubai Ministry of Finance.
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  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005 Mezrich published Busting Vegas: The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees (ISBN 0-06-057512-3) a semi-sequel to Bringing Down the House.
    More Details Hide Details The book tells the story of another student involved in a similar Blackjack team, but one that used more advanced techniques than the ones discussed in the first book.
  • 2004
    Age 35
    In 2004, Mezrich published a new book called Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions (ISBN 0-06-057500-X).
    More Details Hide Details Also a nonfiction work, this book recounts the exploits of an American named John Malcolm, who was an assistant securities trader.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 22
    He graduated magna-cum-laude with a degree in Social Studies from Harvard University in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Some of his books have been written under the pseudonym Holden Scott. Mezrich attended Princeton Day School, in Princeton, New Jersey. He is known for his non-fiction books. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Mezrich is best known for his first non-fiction work, Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (ISBN 0-7432-4999-2). This book tells the story of a group of students from MIT who bet on blackjack games using a sophisticated card counting system, earning millions of dollars at casinos in Las Vegas and other gambling centers in the United States and the Caribbean. The story was made into the movie 21, released in 2008.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Age 0
    Born in 1969.
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