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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

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Will Damron

11 Hours 37 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

May 2018

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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.

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  • Anonymous

    enjoyed 11 hours 37 mins and 1 second of the book

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  • Marian K.

    I was sorry when the book ended. I was enthralled and fascinated by this true story. I want more! Well researched, well done!!!

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  • Anonymous

    This book is outstanding! I had no idea about how deep the fraud went. Holmes is a sociopath. She lied until the bitter end. She belongs in JAIL.

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  • Nicki R.

    You won’t believe this story! Really well investigated and laid out.

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  • Caprice M.

    Well done and thoughtful. Loved every single second of this book.

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  • Matt A.

    Amazing! One of the most comprehensively researched books I’ve read or heard lately and given all the secrecies around the subjected company I feel that the author really needs recognition, money well spent. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Melodie M.

    Very interesting how dishonesty lying and fraud are so rampant in business and our present political arena. Book was well read.

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  • Jade H.

    It didn’t feel like a story as much as a legal deposition. The narrator’s voice being so monotone didn’t help either.

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  • Anna S.

    SO GOOD

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  • Daniel V.

    Well documented and researched. Sociopaths are among us. This book follows the lengths that someone would go for money, fame and power. Sad. Great read, great narration. Well done.

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