- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Picador (21 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1509868089
- ISBN-13: 978-1509868087
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A dazzling story of deception in Silicon Valley . . . It is a tale of heroic cupidity on a scale that made the very best and the very brightest look like the very, very foolish . . . You will not be able to put this book down., Washington Post
Riveting . . . a blistering critique of Silicon Valley, a kind of nonfiction corollary to Dave Eggers's The Circle . . . compelling . . . [Carreyrou's] unmasking of Theranos is a tale of David and Goliath . . . The real heroes, though, are his sources: the young scientists who worked at the company and risked their reputations and careers by voicing their concerns. Were it not for their courage, Theranos might still be testing blood today -- David Crow, Financial Times
Carreyrou tells the story virtually to perfection . . . Bad Blood reads like a West Coast version of All the President’s Men., New York Times
Gripping . . . Carreyrou presents the scientific, human, legal and social sides of the story in full . . . He unveils many dark secrets of Theranos that have not previously been laid bare., Nature
Gripping . . . It is a parable, with all the usual, delicious ingredients of human folly: greed, pride, vanity, lust, anger. Above all, it is an analysis of the phenomenon of hype., Daily Telegraph
Simply one of the best books about a startup ever., Forbes
Bad Blood reveals a crucial truth: outside observers must act as the eyes, the ears and, most importantly, the voice of Silicon Valley’s blind spot . . . It gambled not with our smart phones, our attention or our democracy, but with people’s lives., Paste
Engaging, The Economist
11 Fantastic Science Books to Binge Over the Holidays. -- The Year in Review, 2018, Wired
From the Back Cover
‘Riveting . . . Compelling . . . A blistering critique of Silicon Valley’ Financial Times ‘It’s no wonder Hollywood is turning this book into a movie. I couldn’t put it down.’ Bill Gates The riveting true story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who uncovered the biggest corporate fraud since Enron. ‘John Carreyrou’s comprehensive take-down of the blood-testing startup Theranos may read like the ultimate dystopian novel for the Silicon Valley age, but unfortunately, it’s all true. You will not be able to put this down.’ Evening Standard ‘Best Tech Books 2018’ ‘Gripping . . . Just as Theranos was not just a tech company, its story is not just a tech story. It is a parable, with all the usual, delicious ingredients of human folly: greed, pride, vanity, lust, anger’ Daily Telegraph ‘A tale of corporate fraud and legal browbeating that reads like a crime thriller’ Time, ‘Non-fiction Book of the Year’ ‘One of the most gripping reads in years . . . John Carreyrou’s book is a testimony to the power of investigative journalism, a beautifully controlled narrative that challenges the gold-rush mentality of Silicon Valley’ Lionel Barber, ‘Books of the Year’, Financial Times
About the Author
John Carreyrou is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s investigative reporting team. He joined the Journal in 1999 and has been based in Brussels, Paris, and New York for the paper, winning two Pulitzer prizes. John has covered a number of topics during his career, ranging from Islamist terrorism when he was on assignment in Europe to the pharmaceutical industry and the U.S. healthcare system. His reporting on corruption in the field of spine surgery led to long prison terms for a California hospital owner and a Michigan neurosurgeon. His reporting on Theranos, a blood-testing startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes, was recognized with a George Polk award, and is chronicled in his book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. Born in New York and raised in Paris, he currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
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Once, you are in this crazy journey - it gets immensely difficult to figure out right from wrong. Not that it justifies any of the crimes - but it is helpful to understand the pressure founders are always in. This book beautiful tracks this journey and provides viewpoint of many of Theranos early employees and associates and would be extremely insightful for every start-up founder, employee and even customers.
What is alarming is how easy was it for some of the most reputed investors, politicians and even military generals to fall for the grand vision and miss the ground all together. Their all-star board included - Henry Kissinger, George Schultz and James Mattis; Holmes herself was close to Clinton and Obamas and was Silicon Valley star favourite of VCs, media and magazines. This should help readers temper the regard they have for public intellectuals as everyone is human - equally prone to errors and poor judgments.
Apart from being a fair warning about the extremes of Silicon Valley - this also is an engaging crime thriller - where you cannot help but turn page after page to learn how it all ends. No wonder this is soon turning into a Hollywood movie directed by Adam McKay director of 'The Big Short' with Jennifer Lawrence playing Holmes
This book is a much-needed balance in times where disruption is itself the end. One of the best books of 2018.
Also a must read for anybody interested in learning more about the dark side of the valley, where FOMO dictates investor's actions, entrepreneurs are queens and kings (irrespective of whether they deserve such adulation) and how the world is quick to jump to conclusions about people/startups based on superficial indicators. It's also an interesting case study on Elizabeth's character traits, and on what side of the 'Genius-Psychotic line' she lies in.
In the book, the author comes almost in the middle of the book, as a curious observer, and soon mixes inside the story. The readers are treated to what each of the people did. The dark side of industry is shown and it should be taken as a lesson by all the managers who try to manage their reportees through fear.
However I must say that the author is too harsh on Elizabeth and wrongfully so. She using deep voice is not okay with him. Why not? That's what people want in their leaders. Why not? What's wrong in that. He calls her almost a psychopath. He puts her down on every single attribute. It seems that because he was hounded by the legal team of Theranos, he took a full revenge on her through this book.