The Accidental Billionaires

Author : Ben Mezrich
ISBN : 9780767931557
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Milliard R Per Zufall

Author : Ben Mezrich
ISBN : 9783864144813
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Die Harvard-Studenten Eduardo Saverin und Mark Zuckerberg sind beste Freunde, sie teilen die Freude an der Mathematik und das Leid, beim anderen Geschlecht ständig abzublitzen. Zwei echte Nerds eben. Als sich Mark eines Nachts ins universitäre Rechnernetz hackt und eine Website programmiert, auf der man über die Attraktivität sämtlicher Studentinnen abstimmen kann, bricht der Server zusammen und Marc entgeht nur knapp dem Rausschmiss aus der Eliteanstalt. Aber das ist der Moment, der alles ändert: Die Idee für Facebook wird geboren und die beiden gelangen auf die Sonnenseite des Lebens. Die Freundschaft von Eduardo und Mark überlebt den Aufstieg nicht, sie fällt dem Ernst der Erwachsenenwelt, dem Geld und ihren Anwälten zum Opfer. So erfolgreich Facebook heute Menschen miteinander verbindet, so endgültig hat es die zwei Freunde auseinandergerissen – Ironie des Schicksals. Das Buch Milliardär per Zufall lieferte die Vorlage für den erfolgreichen Film The Social Network, der gleich mehrfach bei den Golden Globes (u.a. Bester Film) abräumte und drei Auszeichnungen bei der Oscar®-Verleihung 2011 gewann. Harvard-Absolvent Ben Mezrich hat bereits zehn Bücher veröffentlicht, darunter den New-York-Times-Bestseller Bringing Down the House und den Thriller 21.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Der Mann Der Den Mond Gestohlen Hat

Author : Ben Mezrich
ISBN : 9783864132087
Genre : Fiction
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Thad Roberts, Stipendiat eines angesehenen NASA-Programms, hat eine romantische, aber gleichermaßen verrückte Idee. Viele Männer wollen ihren Frauen die Sterne vom Himmel holen, aber er will seiner Freundin den Mond schenken. Wortwörtlich. Also bricht er in ein abgeschottetes Labor im NASA-Hauptquartier ein – vorbei an Sicherheitskontrollen, Türen, die mit verschlüsselten Codes gesichert sind, und Gängen voller Videokameras, um die wertvollsten und seltensten Objekte der Welt zu stehlen: Mondsteine. Aber was macht man mit Steinen, die so kostbar sind, dass es sogar illegal ist, sie auch nur zu besitzen? Ben Mezrich hat auf der Basis von tausendseitigen erichtsprotokollen, FBI-Akten und etlichen Interviews mit den beteiligten Personen die unglaubliche Geschichte dieses hollywoodreifen Diebstahls rekonstruiert und einen packenden Krimi geschaffen.
Category: Fiction

Social Networks In The Long Eighteenth Century

Author : Ileana Baird
ISBN : 9781443871358
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In an attempt to better account for the impressive diversity of positions and relations that characterizes the eighteenth-century world, this collection proposes a new methodological frame, one that is less hierarchical in approach and more focused, instead, on the nature of these interactions, on their Addisonian “usefulness,” declared goals, and (un)intended results. By shifting focus from a cultural-historicist approach to sociability to the rhizomatic nature of eighteenth-century associations, this collection approaches them through new methodological lenses that include social network analysis, assemblage and graph theory, social media and digital humanities scholarship. Imagining the eighteenth-century world as a networked community rather than a competing one reflects a recent interest in novel forms of social interaction facilitated by new social media—from Internet forums to various types of social networking sites—and also signals the increasing involvement of academic communities in digital humanities projects that use new technologies to map out patterns of intellectual exchange. As such, the articles included in this collection demonstrate the benefits of applying interdisciplinary approaches to eighteenth-century sociability, and their role in shedding new light on the way public opinion was formed and ideas disseminated during pre-modern times. The issues addressed by our contributors are of paramount importance for understanding the eighteenth-century culture of sociability. They address, among other things, clubbing practices and social networking strategies (political, cultural, gender-based) in the eighteenth-century world, the role of clubs and other associations in “improving” knowledge and behaviors, conflicting views on publicity, literary and political alliances and their importance for an emerging celebrity culture, the role of cross-national networks in launching pan-European and transatlantic trends, Romantic modes of sociability, as well as the contribution of voluntary associations (clubs, literary salons, communities of readers, etc.) to the formation of the public sphere. This collection demonstrates how relevant social networking strategies were to the context of the eighteenth-century world, and how similar they are to the congeries of new practices shaping the digital public sphere of today.
Category: Literary Criticism

Schmutziger Tod

Author : Lene Kaaberbøl
ISBN : 3442472709
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Die unverwüstliche dänische Rot-Kreuz-Krankenschwester Nina Borg, die sich besonders engagiert für Flüchtlinge und Asylanten einsetzt und dadurch sich und ihre Familie in grosse Gefahr bringt, holt sich die Strahlenkrankheit und muss ihrer entführten Tochter beistehen.
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21 Bringing Down The House

Author : Ben Mezrich
ISBN : 9781416561705
Genre : Games
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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. Originally published as Bringing Down the House. Reprint. (A Columbia Pictures film, written by Peter Steinfeld & Allan Loeb, directed by Robert Luketic, releasing March 2008, starring Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne, Jim Sturgess, & others) (Current Affairs)
Category: Games

The X Files

Author : Ben Mezrich
ISBN : 1848560796
Genre : Detective and mystery stories
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Fatal Flesh When moonlighting medical students "harvesting" skin from a corpse for temporary use accidentally take it from the wrong donor, the results are catastrophic: a New York City hospital ward is destroyed in a bloodbath, and an elderly professor, admitted for a routine skin graft, is suddenly the city's most wanted fugitive. Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are the only ones to suspect something more ominous than a medical procedure gone awry. As the FBI agents investigating the "X-Files"--strange and inexplicable cases the Bureau wants to keep hidden--Mulder and Scully are determined to track down the forces they suspect are behind the murderer. While the police hunt the fleeing professor, Mulder and Scully track the skin that was grafted onto him, a trail that leads from the morgue to the headquarters of a cutting-edge biotech company to the jungles of Thailand. Together they begin to uncover an unholy and totally deniable alliance between a battle-trained plastic surgeon, international politicians, and a legendary Thai monster known as the "Skin-Eater."
Category: Detective and mystery stories

Plan B

Author : David Kord Murray
ISBN : 9781439198384
Genre : Business & Economics
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Why has Facebook been so limber, evolving so successfully even after a number of stumbles, while Myspace stalled and lost ground? Why was Wal-Mart able to expand so successfully into new offerings, such as groceries, while H&R Block dramatically failed to expand into offering financial services? The answer, David Murray reveals, is that Facebook and Wal-Mart both started with business models that empowered them to effectively adapt their plans as they executed them. The failure of detailed strategic plans that have taken a great deal of time and money to develop is one of the worst problems in business, and it’s ever more urgent as the pace of change in business continues to accelerate. Murray, author of the acclaimed Wall Street Journal bestseller Borrowing Brilliance, argues that valiantly sticking to even a well-thought-out Plan A is the road to disaster. The greatest success comes to those who know how to construct and implement an adaptive Plan A that has within it the means of evolving into a superior Plan B by responding to problems confronted, discoveries made, changing market conditions, and the competition. Writing in a lively, engaging voice and using a series of specific examples drawn from companies including IBM, Intel, Facebook, American Express, and Kaiser Permanente, as well as from the art of war, including the Battle of Gettysburg and the D-Day invasion, and even from the space program, Murray presents powerful methods for constructing a plan that has the mechanisms for adaptation built in. Drawing on a wealth of research, he explains why we are fairly good at short-term predictions but why, in our ever more rapidly changing business world, even the best laid plans will eventually go astray. He then introduces the best techniques for creating an optimal original plan that takes into account our limited ability to predict, showing that vital to this process is that it be constructed so that we are alerted in time to make the right changes. In a brilliant discussion of strategy and tactics, he shows that the core of this adaptability is making sure that your strategy and tactics are well aligned with one another and that you have established the right metrics for measuring results. He then details precisely how to adapt throughout the execution process by constantly monitoring and assessing results, developing worst-case scenarios, and recognizing unanticipated opportunities. Plan B is an essential guide to harnessing the forces of change to achieve long-lasting success despite the most vexing challenges.
Category: Business & Economics

Breaking Vegas

Author : Ben Mezrich
ISBN : 0434014508
Genre : Cardsharping
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Category: Cardsharping