Bad Blood

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The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor—by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.

“The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.” —Bill Gates

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

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A Must Read5 star

There is so much more information in this book that can’t be found anywhere else. 55


Professional fact finding5 star

The experienced author knew when the company line wax disingenuous. He found others reputable sources to develop the truth. It was a page turner hat will keep you attention. 55

Growth LLP

Thank you, John Carreyrou5 star

Because of this book, I am now reading again. This book is amazing. The investigative effort uncovering fraud and deception sheds light on how to not perform under pressure and deadlines (Elizabeth Holmes should be permanently exiled from organizational leadership). Alternatively, John Carreyrou demonstrates how to ethically perform under pressure, quarterbacking a cross-functional effort that educates, entertains, and delights. Thank you very, very much. GBMV 55

Desde Luego

A true page turner5 star

A fascinating account of the rise and fall of a company with cutting edge technology that was too good to be true. 55


Gripping, fascinating4 star

Seriously could not put this book down for two straight days. While at times it can be a little confusing keeping straight all the various individuals at play in this sprawling real-life conspiracy, it is so satisfying to see how it all plays out. Genuinely shocking and TRUE story that I’d somehow never heard of...highly recommended if you’re a non-fiction or even a true crime seems like every detail is present in this account. 45


Gripping read4 star

A wonderfully told true tale of megalomania and greed. The author did a great job in having the book read like a thriller. He’s also a great writer. I wish, though, there were more on Holmes’s psychology. While I appreciate Carreyou saying he’s not a psychologist, his consulting some experts on this sort of behavior would have strengthened what we readers take away from the immoral behavior of Holmes and company. 45


The best I’ve read in a long while5 star

Wow! Every letter was so captivating that I found it difficult to let go while I worked. Thank you carryrou. 55


Awesome5 star

I read this and I absolutely love it I totally recommend this 55


The title3 star

The title is antidisestablishmentarianism and its android app is the antidisestablishmentarianism way to much antidisestablishmentarianism 35

BioSherlock Holmes

Bad Blood5 star

The story of how an alluring and smart young narcissistic woman sociopath Elizabeth Holmes spun a personality cult around her concept of the ideal product that performed blood diagnostic medicine and how the rich and famous one by one fell to her allure to her spell by investing hundreds of millions of dollars on a company that never had a worthy technology capable of delivering on the wild and delusional dreams that were spun to them. No one with a serious medical or technical investing background ever performed any due diligence on the Compnay’s technology and secretly guarded product behind Theranos. If they had, this massive fraud would have been laid bare many years before the Wall Street Journal reporter in New York would have had to be the sleuth to slay the the lies that had by then snowballed into colossal proportions. 55


Silicon Valley echo chamber exposed5 star

Silicon Valley tends to view the next big thing with blinders on, where the true value of the investment is essentially negated. Hype over reality... 55


Crisp writing and well researched5 star

Glad to see crooks being out away by amazing journalist who went after the truth. Too bad his big boss (ironically the founder of idiotic #fakenews) lost money along the way(#justice). For once we see #notfakenews. This is the reason to love America. And believe in seeking truth. 55


Bad Blood5 star

Could not put this down. Excellent 55


Excellent story5 star

The book describes how courageous people worked with an investigative reporter to shed light on the ways a manipulative person conned an industry, people in high places and investors. Great page turner and very well written 55


An Important Book To Read5 star

I have followed the saga of Theranos since well before Mr. Carreyrou’s first WSJ article raising the alarm bells. While I was skeptical of Theranos’ claims it’s a long way though from being dubious to proving a fraud. Yet, when you read the list of smart, sophisticated investors who were fooled, some for what appears to be age-old reasons, it’s amazing how many would not abide the truths right in front of them. Carreyrou points out the story wouldn’t been written absent a tip. Ok, thanks for the honesty, but all the deep digging still had to be done and was done, both on the WSJ articles and this book. Here’s why this book is important to read imo: - It restores faith in people’s integrity as you learn about then-Theranos employees standing up to Elizabeth Holmes, Sunny Balwani and their very disturbing lawyers’ tactics of intimidation. - You are reminded that “if it’s too good to be true” that such is good advice. Moreover, some will go to any lengths to obscure the truth and the consequences be damned. - This is what real investigative journalism should look like. I am not a Rupert Murdoch fan in general but he stood behind his editors who stood behind their reporter - and what was at stake was so important- Theranos was playing Russian Roulette with peoples’ lives with spurious test results. They needed to be stopped. I could go on but you get the point. This was the “medical Madoff” except, at least , Bernie had the appropriate credentials. Holmes was a dropout without any serious training or knowledge of her field. So, you ask how did Theranos get so far as to be valued at $9B and how did it avoid detection for so long? Answer: Read a deeply-researched book and then ask yourself if Elizabeth Holmes is a sociopath or just a deeply-flawed individual who lost her compass? And as to Sunny, well, “deeply-flawed” just isn’t adequate. There is more yet to be written about Theranos as criminal inquiries remain as of now in progress. Time will tell but thanks to Mr. Carreyrou and all who came forward in taking this fraud down - lives no doubt were saved in the process. 55


Brilliant book5 star

One of the most amazing stories of recent times. Elizabeth Holmes and Sunny now need to go to jail. A disservice to honest and hardworking entrepreneurs. Carreyou got a new fan. Excellent work! 55


Bad Blood5 star

This book was a non-stop intense ride through a story that was the very best I have ever read. When I think about it being non-fiction, it becomes even more enticing! It is so compelling, that I couldn’t let it rest for more than a few hours. Unbelievable that these people were able to ensnare the amount of money and the so very big names into the belief in a company that had truly nothing to offer to the public. 55


Must read!5 star

I had never heard of Elizabeth Holmes until yesterday when I clicked on a news link from my FB feed. I instantly wanted to know more and Google got me to Carreyrou’s account of the rise and fall of this company. I read the sample and just had to read the rest. I don’t usually buy ebooks too often but this one is well worth the money. You will not be able to put this book down. I finished this book in less than 24 hours because it was so interesting and so well written. Carreyrou is an excellent writer. I can’t recommend this book enough! 55


Fantastic look into a company built on Paranoia and Lies5 star

This is an amazing and detailed look into Theranos, its young and naive CEO who strove for success no matter who she hurt or what damage it did and its manchild of a president/COO who tried to rule the company and its employees through fear and intimidation. Definitely worth a read 55


Very interesting5 star

Couldn’t put it down, looking forward to the movie. 55

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