Bad Blood

***A National Bestseller***

One of the Best Books of 2018: NPR • New York Times Book Review, Inc. • TIME • Wall Street Journal • Washington Post • The McKinsey Business Book of the Year

"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

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.


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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Nick93737

Interesting story, poor writing3 star

For me, the most interesting part of this book by far is its main character. To do what she did at the age she did it is truly remarkable. The sheer audacity of it is mind-boggling. I wasn’t a fan of the author’s writing though. I thought at times he included irrelevant details about a person, at other times he put too much weight on his own perspective, and at other times put too much emphasis on what was basically hearsay. 35

Finne atl

fact intensive book3 star

What an amazing story, very intensive research based book. Well worth the read to be educated on the story. A bit of a slow read at times, it I believe this is necessary fo the overall story. 35

EBASF

Amazing!5 star

Captivating and very well written. 55

BeastMode1128218

Excellent book.5 star

Eye opening on the darker side of Silicon Valley. 55

Auggie's Man

Gripping5 star

As a longtime Silicon Valley viewer, and even participant in, the “reality distortion field,” I could not put this down. The tactics are familiar. But the ethical lines crossed here were stupefying and I commend the whistleblowers for sticking to their guns. The reputations of those who bullied and intimidated them I hope are forever tarnished. And a lesson for all: trust, but verify. 55

estebcn

Amazing! Seems fiction but trust me that every word on this book is real5 star

Must read 55

clur_hole

Bad Blood5 star

Excellent read from beginning to end. 55

Alireza Aghasi

You Cannot put it down!5 star

I read the book as if it's a fiction! I still cannot believe how silicone valley gives such fraudulent initiatives to thrive :( 55

Elsa G$

Bloody fantastic5 star

Bad Blood paints a vivid picture of the Theranos scam. It is an incredible story! 55

Mjoypick

Excellent5 star

This read was great despite the disappointing, selfish and downright illegal actions of Theranos and it’s founder. At times the story read like it was made up it was so unbelievable! The entire time I could only think Elizabeth Holmes was the world’s best salesperson. Good for the honest people out there bringing this story to light especially with the harassment, scare tactics and personal costs. It’s a shame Elizabeth’s desires and wishes were not reality. What a game changer had it been! 55


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