Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The gripping story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranosone of the biggest corporate frauds in history—a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley, rigorously reported by the prize-winning journalist. With a new Afterword.

“Chilling ... Reads like a thriller ... Carreyrou tells [the Theranos story] virtually to perfection.” —The New York Times Book Review

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. 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 $4.5 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work. Erroneous results put patients in danger, leading to misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments. All the while, Holmes and her partner, Sunny Balwani, worked to silence anyone who voiced misgivings—from journalists to their own employees.
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Stefanie Jacinto Deo
June 17, 2018
Riveting. Honestly, much of the story is so absolutely farcical that if this book had been published as fiction I would have rolled my eyes and written the author off as someone who hadn't even tried to make the characters believable. The truth of Holmes and Balwani is a hard pill to swallow. That so many clearly intelligent people on the Theranos staff, with PhDs no less, would let such egregious data crimes be committed is frightening. There should be a special category for books like this, i.e. non-fiction events for stories that are stranger than fiction. You cannot make this stuff up.
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Noma Mabandla (Noma)
May 22, 2018
Riveting stuff
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June 21, 2018
Great read! Very thorough and easy to understand for how complicated this story is. Such an interesting topic that I knew nothing about, and absolutely captivated me!
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About the author

JOHN CARREYROU is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal. For his extensive coverage of Theranos, Carreyrou was awarded the George Polk Award for Financial Reporting, the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the category of beat reporting, and the Barlett & Steele Silver Award for Investigative Business Journalism. Carreyrou lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.

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