Bad Blood - John Carreyrou

Bad Blood

By John Carreyrou

  • Release Date: 2018-05-21
  • Genre: Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Score: 5
From 143 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.


  • Yes!

    By ELK777
    Definite must read. Very well written.
  • Shame on you WSJ, a romance novel, no less

    By Epi^2
    The author writes at high school level and is an expert in cattiness. His book, close to a romance novel - is mainly a character and personality attack on Elizabeth Holmes. ( This is so, the lab write-ups cut and pasted in the book notwithstanding.) VC Capitalist Tim Draper is on record this week and earlier saying that “this writer ( Carreyrou ) was like a badger going after her, like a hyena going after her.” Mr. Carreyrou, have you ever tried the dreaded private sector on your own? Will you, Mr. Carreyrou, be horrified should we meet to learn that I change and modulate my voice depending on the audience? Or did Elizabeth’s beautiful speaking voice really get your goat, so that in defense you take ample room in your “book” to call her voice “fake.” Geez. Consider General Petraeus, who wrote that to get ready for an important meeting he had to first “put his face on”. Absolutely. Big thanks Tim Draper, for all you do and especially supporting Elizabeth and in that sense — all of us entrepreneurs. Be strong Elizabeth. The hyena only has sticks and stones. We will support you in many ways to nullify the hyenas attempt to create and influence prosecutor, judge and jury. From a female scientist entrepreneur
  • Bad Blood

    By Qreft
    Revolutionary reductions revealed: a riveting read!
  • Silicon Valley echo chamber exposed

    By MicahFrazier
    Silicon Valley tends to view the next big thing with blinders on, where the true value of the investment is essentially negated. Hype over reality...
  • Crisp writing and well researched

    By PV247
    Glad to see crooks being out away by amazing journalist who went after the truth. Too bad his big boss (ironically the founder of idiotic #fakenews) lost money along the way(#justice). For once we see #notfakenews. This is the reason to love America. And believe in seeking truth.
  • Bad Blood

    By tharri8403
    Could not put this down. Excellent
  • Excellent story

    By NaplesBob
    The book describes how courageous people worked with an investigative reporter to shed light on the ways a manipulative person conned an industry, people in high places and investors. Great page turner and very well written
  • An Important Book To Read

    By rcbma
    I have followed the saga of Theranos since well before Mr. Carreyrou’s first WSJ article raising the alarm bells. While I was skeptical of Theranos’ claims it’s a long way though from being dubious to proving a fraud. Yet, when you read the list of smart, sophisticated investors who were fooled, some for what appears to be age-old reasons, it’s amazing how many would not abide the truths right in front of them. Carreyrou points out the story wouldn’t been written absent a tip. Ok, thanks for the honesty, but all the deep digging still had to be done and was done, both on the WSJ articles and this book. Here’s why this book is important to read imo: - It restores faith in people’s integrity as you learn about then-Theranos employees standing up to Elizabeth Holmes, Sunny Balwani and their very disturbing lawyers’ tactics of intimidation. - You are reminded that “if it’s too good to be true” that such is good advice. Moreover, some will go to any lengths to obscure the truth and the consequences be damned. - This is what real investigative journalism should look like. I am not a Rupert Murdoch fan in general but he stood behind his editors who stood behind their reporter - and what was at stake was so important- Theranos was playing Russian Roulette with peoples’ lives with spurious test results. They needed to be stopped. I could go on but you get the point. This was the “medical Madoff” except, at least , Bernie had the appropriate credentials. Holmes was a dropout without any serious training or knowledge of her field. So, you ask how did Theranos get so far as to be valued at $9B and how did it avoid detection for so long? Answer: Read a deeply-researched book and then ask yourself if Elizabeth Holmes is a sociopath or just a deeply-flawed individual who lost her compass? And as to Sunny, well, “deeply-flawed” just isn’t adequate. There is more yet to be written about Theranos as criminal inquiries remain as of now in progress. Time will tell but thanks to Mr. Carreyrou and all who came forward in taking this fraud down - lives no doubt were saved in the process.
  • Brilliant book

    By RNormand
    One of the most amazing stories of recent times. Elizabeth Holmes and Sunny now need to go to jail. A disservice to honest and hardworking entrepreneurs. Carreyou got a new fan. Excellent work!
  • Bad Blood

    By Mlzakraj
    This book was a non-stop intense ride through a story that was the very best I have ever read. When I think about it being non-fiction, it becomes even more enticing! It is so compelling, that I couldn’t let it rest for more than a few hours. Unbelievable that these people were able to ensnare the amount of money and the so very big names into the belief in a company that had truly nothing to offer to the public.