Bitcoin Billionaires review: an ideological struggle
Ben Mezrich hitches his story of technological revolution to a racy human narrative
Cameron Winklevoss, left, and Tyler Winklevoss, the Bitcoin billionaires. Photograph: Stefanie Keenan/ Getty Images for Hauser & Wirth
A visual representation of the digital cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images
Ben Mezrich is the author of Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, the book that David Fincher adapted as the film The Social Network. Both book and film presented in not especially sympathetic light the Winklevoss twins – the chiselled, 6ft 5 professional rowers and “Men of Harvard” who sued Mark Zuckerberg, claiming he had stolen the idea for Facebook from them when they were undergraduates.
Facebook ultimately paid them $65 million (€57.8 million) – a fraction of what the twins felt they deserved.
The investigation into their claim threw up such evergreen insights into the soul of Zuckerberg, which has since receded behind a facade of corporate blandness, as the private messages in which he got ready to “f**k” the Winklevoss twins “in the ear”; noted that “You can be unethical and still be legal – that’s how I live my life”; and slapped the third of the Earth’s population who would later give him their data in the face by observing that “People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They ‘trust’ me. Dumb f**ks.”