By William C. Davis
A twin biography and a clean method of the continually compelling topic of those iconic leaders—how they formed a exceptionally American warfare, and an enduring peace, that essentially replaced our nation
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Two months later, Semel reissued the original $1 billion bid, but by then Zuckerberg had convinced his board and executive team that Yahoo! wasn’t a serious partner and that Facebook would be worth more on its own. 5 Zuckerberg’s girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, looked back at that period in time as the most stressful of Zuckerberg’s life. Although many people could not believe he would • 51 • Wirehog One of Zuckerberg’s projects, when he first arrived in California, was a file-sharing service called Wirehog.
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