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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

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Will Damron

11 Hours 38 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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  • Brian A.

    This real story is just, unbelievable, and this book perfectly illustrated every key point that made this company a 2 bit flea circus. Great narrator as well. If you own a business especially a manufacture business you can wince every time this company fucks up which’s is every 2 mins. Read this book you won’t be sorry!

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  • Bruce M.

    Interesting how really smart people can be conned. I hope American Greed does a show on this. I hope Elizabeth Holmes goes to prison, I read she has been charged &/or indicted

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  • Anonymous

    Couldn't stop listening. HIghly recommended!

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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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