Bad Blood - John Carreyrou

Bad Blood

By John Carreyrou

  • Release Date: 2018-05-21
  • Genre: Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Score: 5
From 339 Ratings


A National Besteller

"Chilling…Reads like a West Coast version of All the President’s Men." —The New York Times Book Review

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.


  • Bad Blood Indeed

    By Storm ID. MayorBilly
    Fascinating look at possibly the greatest fraud not committed by Bernie Madoff and Enron, this book provides the shocking details behind “Theranos” and the lengths to which one person will go to achieve fame and fortune. From her fake deep voice to her “Look I’m Steve Jobs”, black turtlenecks; Elizabeth Holmes was never the genuine article and neither was her “Edison” fraud box. The details of her scam are here as well the inevitable downfall. From start to finish, this book reveals the many character flaws of the human experience, greed, immorality, jealousy and redemption for the poor workers who were threatened, harassed and in some cases separated from family by Elizabeth Holmes. I would’ve paid twice the amount for this novel and thanks to the Rupert Murdoch for letting the truth come out despite owning $100 million on the line. Thanks goes to John, the author, who makes no judgements and only presents the facts in an enjoyable ride through the company history. Let’s hope this woman who hurt patients and investors alike is properly shunned and forced to live inside a prison for some years as an example to others thinking of trying the same thing.
  • Review

    By Burro tonto
    Excellent read. It reflects on the state of medicine in the world today. Such a simple idea generates a billion dollars but is worthless. Medical care, cost, quality, providing medical care to all these are the issues but we spend big bucks on a lab test that never worked. Thank you for exposing the "Bad Blood". George J Murillo , MD Spring, tx
  • Fantastic reporting and extremely well written!

    By Insightnapa
    Bad Blood is the best cliffhanger I’ve read in a long time! It is funny to me that the only thing E. Holmes has in common with Steve Jobs is that they both had great books written about them. One a true genius and the other a true crook!
  • Bad blood indeed.

    By Pirk3
    Fast paced. Sad picture of a certain part of human nature.
  • Interesting, unbelievable, but a tad slow

    By Eventjubilee
    As the review says. I did enjoy this book, but at times, I felt like it went around in circles or didn’t get to the point quick enough for my tastes. Still, an excellent read!
  • Fascinating Read!

    By Soak
    John Carreyrou did a stupendous job with this book. A dazzling tale of deception and power in Silicon Valley!
  • Fantastic investigative journalism

    It's a thriller, a bizarre tale of deception and greed, and a hard to put down read. Totally enjoyed it.
  • Bad Blood

    By 1961mjn
    I would hope this book is read by people realizing how dangerous this woman was to anyone using Theranos blood tests. She did not care for any other human beings besides herself. Knowing that persons invested in this company, this total sham, was one thing but to mess with people’s health was another thing. I hope that this has opened the eyes of the FDA and the sloppily work they did and how Elizabeth Holmes tricked them. It would be a shame if she does not get an extended prison sentence.
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  • Bad Blood

    By 60Daphne
    Could not put this book down! Very well written.