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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER •  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post • The McKinsey Business Book of the Year
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.

Business & Personal Finance
Will Damron
hr min
May 21
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

egg$ ,

Elizabeth Holmes is NUTS

Well written and narrated. Very engaging. The story of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes is both tragic and fascinating.

Highly recommend.


Carcaldxb ,


I just purchased the audiobook however it doesn't play. Pop up message says the book is not available in the US store!? What now?

Sheldoree ,


Fascinating story from start to finish. Simply amazing the amount of financial and human capital she could amass with nothing to show for it. The narration by Mr. Damron is simply the best.

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