Ben Mezrich
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Ben Mezrich

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.

New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires tells his most incredible story yet: A true drama of obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal from deep inside the world of billionaire Russian Oligarchs.

Meet two larger-than-life Russians: Boris Berezovsky, a former mathematician who got his start in a car-reselling business, moved into other more lucrative ventures as well as politics, and became known as the Godfather of the Kremlin. And Roman Abramovich, a dashing young entrepreneur who went from trading in plastic children's toys to building a multibillion- dollar empire of oil and aluminum.

After a chance meeting on a yacht in the Caribbean, these two men became locked in a complex partnership that would irrevocably change their lives. They surfed the waves of privatization after the fall of the Soviet regime, amassing megafortunes while also taking the reins of power in Russia. With Berezovsky serving as the younger entrepreneur's krysha-literally, his roof, his protector-they battled their way through the ''Wild East''of Russia.

A true-life thriller, this story reveals how Abramovich built one of Russia's largest oil companies from the ground up as Berezovsky's protégé-until their relationship soured after Berezovsky attacked President Vladimir Putin in the media. Dead bodies trailed Berezovsky's footsteps before and after his escape to London, where an associate of his died painfully of Polonium poisoning, creating an international furor. And as Abramovich continued to prosper, Berezovsky was found dead in a luxurious London town house, declared a suicide.

With unprecedented, exclusive first-person sourcing, Mezrich takes us inside a world of unimaginable wealth, power, and corruption to uncover the true story of Berezovsky and Abramovich, in one of the great epics of our time. Once Upon A Time in Russia will be brought to the silver screen by Warners Studio.

Mezrich has authored sixteen books, with a combined printing of over four million copies, including the wildly successful 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 New York Times bestseller list, and sold over 2 million copies in fifteen languages. His book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal - debuted at #4 on the New York Times list and spent 18 weeks in hardcover and paperback, as well as hit bestseller lists in over a dozen countries. The book was adapted into the movie The Social Network -written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher - and was #1 at the box office for two weeks, won Golden Globes for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best score, and was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning 3 including best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. Mezrich and Aaron Sorkin shared a prestigious Scripter Award for best adapted screenplay as well.

In addition to these prestigious awards, Mezrich currently has multiple movies and TV shows in production based on his books. Newline Studios is producing The 37th Parallel, Fox Studios is close to green lighting Seven Wonders, and FX and WBTV are producing the Ugly Americans TV Show.

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    • Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the midst of the Go-Go '90s, the culture of greed infused the MIT campus....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book.. HORRIBLE Narrator

    • By Julie on 03-24-08
    • Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 01-29-08
    • 4 out of 5 stars 842 ratings

    Regular price: $23.93

    • Once upon a Time in Russia

    • The Rise of the Oligarchs and the Greatest Wealth in History
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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    Once Upon a Time in Russia is the untold true story of the larger-than-life billionaire oligarchs who surfed the waves of privatization to reap riches....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Oligarchs, Operatives, Explosives & Intrigue!

    • By Michael J Canning on 07-26-16

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    • Bitcoin Billionaires

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    From Ben Mezrich, the New York Times best-selling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, comes Bitcoin Billionaires - the fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss' big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off....

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Sex on the Moon

    • The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Casey Affleck
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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    Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea - a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A 'Page-Turner'

    • By Diane on 02-25-12
    • The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Casey Affleck
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Release date: 07-12-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 257 ratings

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The 37th Parallel

    • The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Inspiring and terrifying, this true story will keep you up at night, staring at the sky and wondering if we really are alone and what could happen next....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I thought it was a study or documentary

    • By Daniel on 09-12-16

    Regular price: $17.00

    • The Accidental Billionaires

    • The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Infotainment, poorly written

    • By Charles E. Grant on 12-24-09

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    • Busting Vegas

    • The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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    He played in casinos around the world with a plan to make himself richer than anyone could possibly imagine, but it would nearly cost him his life....

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    • A Flat Read

    • By Jacob Saariaho on 10-17-05
    • The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 09-21-05
    • 4 out of 5 stars 242 ratings

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    • Woolly

    • The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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    Ben Mezrich takes us on an exhilarating true adventure story from the icy terrain of Siberia to the cutting-edge genetic labs of Harvard University....

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    • By Alex Curtis on 11-03-17
    • The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History's Most Iconic Extinct Creatures
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 07-04-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 239 ratings

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Straight Flush

    • The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire - and How it All Came Crashing Down...
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
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    The larger-than-life true tale of a group of American college buddies who brilliantly built a billion-dollar online poker colossus. One problem: the U.S. Department of Justice was gunning for them....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great story and great writing <br />

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-16-17
    • The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire - and How it All Came Crashing Down...
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Release date: 05-28-13
    • 4 out of 5 stars 216 ratings

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Ugly Americans

    • The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
    • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
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    Ugly Americans is the true story of John Malcolm, a Princeton graduate who traveled halfway around the world in search of the American dream....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very entertaining

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-09-05
    • The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions
    • By: Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
    • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 04-30-04
    • 4 out of 5 stars 278 ratings

    Regular price: $21.67

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