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Bitcoin Billionaires
A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
By (author): Ben Mezrich
9781250217745 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / E-Commerce / General May 21, 2019 Print Run: 300000
$36.50 CAD
Active 6.12 x 9.25 x 1.02 in 288 pages Includes two black-and-white photographs throughout Flatiron Books

From Ben Mezrich, theNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Accidental BillionairesandBringing Down the House,comesBitcoin Billionaires--the fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss's big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off.

Ben Mezrich's 2009 bestsellerThe Accidental Billionaires is the definitive account of Facebook's founding and the basis for the Academy Award–winning filmThe Social Network. Two of the story's iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and foils to Mark Zuckerberg.Bitcoin Billionaires is the story of the brothers’ redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook.

Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money after their fight with Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into an eccentric character who tells them about a brand-new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realize “crypto” is, in their own words, "either the next big thing or total bulls--t." There’s nothing leftto do but make a bet.

From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission,Bitcoin Billionaires will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future. On November 26, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here’s the story of how they got there—as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.

BEN MEZRICH has authoredBringing Down the House, which spent sixty-three weeks on theNew York Times bestseller list. His bookThe Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal debuted at #4 on the New York Times list and hit bestseller lists in over a dozen countries. The book was adapted into the movieThe Social Network, nominated for eight Academy Awards and winner of four Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture.

- 300k print run
- from the NYT bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires which was adapted into the award-winning movie The Social Network
- included in Fortune's article: "10 Books in Business You Should Read This Spring"
- a Raincoast Superlead

Raincoast Superlead: 
300k print run; NYT bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House; chronicles the Winklevoss twins’ rise in cryptocurrency, a timely topic

"Bitcoin Billionaires takes us right inside the Winklevoss brothers' wild chase for redemption through a global maze of big money and backroom deals. Ben Mezrich delivers a tense, propulsive story of ambition and success." -Matthew Pearl, New York Times bestselling author ofThe Dante Club andThe Dante Chamber

"Mezrich is a talented storyteller...Bitcoin Billionaires offer(s) memorable glimpses inside the messy world of a start-up currency." -TheNew York Times

"(Bitcoin Billionaires) redeems the Winklevii, sure, but the story has all the trappings of a classic adventure: wronged underdogs, party scenes, partners who flip, and, of course, a few villains." -Vanity Fair

"The book is written with a slick beauty . . . As an introduction to the rise of cryptocurrencies and the modern tech world generally, it is as painless and novelistic as could be imagined" -Guardian

"Ben Mezrich is a gifted writer who could make a PTA meeting dramatic and exciting." -The Times

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