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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Wall Street Journal writer John Carreyrou's industrious reporting fueled the catastrophic implosion of Theranos, the biotech company founded by celebrated wunderkind Elizabeth Holmes. Her Silicon Valley startup went from a $10 billion valuation to multiple fraud investigations—and Bad Blood lays out the book-cooking, truth-massaging, and straight-up lying Holmes and her colleagues engaged in while pushing the Theranos myth. Carreyrou's harrowing portrait of a 21st-century con shines a harsh light on what happens when scruples are trampled by greed.
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Couldn’t put it down, looking forward to the movie.
Couldn’t Make this up
Well written and meticulously researched. These cases of fraud are always shocking, but none others like this. The scope, scale and brazenness of this deception boggle the mind. I only hope that criminal indictments of the darling couple soon follow.
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.