Recounting Ben Mezrich’s Big Break

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Ben Mezrich

A graduate of California State University, Northridge, Jason Altzman is a managing principal at Aero Marketing Group (AMG), a promotional agency that provides lifestyle experiences related to the automotive and motorsport arenas. During his free time, Jason Altzman enjoys reading books written by Ben Mezrich.

Ben Mezrich is a bestselling author who pioneered a new subgenre of nonfiction which involves the young geniuses who straddle business impossibilities and ethics in their journey towards becoming financially successful. In a career that spans nearly 20 years, Mezrich has written sixteen books with over 4 million copies sold worldwide.

However, before his career took off, Mezrich was just another struggling author who was using credit cards to pay his rent. His life changed when he happened to meet several MIT students one night at an Irish pub in Boston. These MIT students turned out to be members of the MIT blackjack team, and they had a sophisticated method of counting cards that enabled them to consistently beat the dealer in games of blackjack. Their story interested Mezrich, who thought that this true story was better than any fiction he could come up with.

Mezrich eventually published a book about these blackjack players called “Bringing Down the House,” which was later adapted into the 2008 film “21.” After the success of 21, Mezrich also had the opportunity to meet Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder. The story he later wrote about the beginnings of Facebook, published as “The Accidental Billionaires,” was later adapted into the film “The Social Network,” which was a critical and financial success.


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