Bad Blood - John Carreyrou

Bad Blood

By John Carreyrou

  • Release Date: 2018-05-21
  • Genre: Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Score: 4.5
From 4,377 Ratings


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The gripping story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranosone of the biggest corporate frauds in history—a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley, rigorously reported by the prize-winning journalist. With a new Afterword covering her trial and sentencing, bringing the story to a close.

“Chilling ... Reads like a thriller ... Carreyrou tells [the Theranos story] virtually to perfection.” —The New York Times Book Review

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with its breakthrough device, which performed the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. 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 $4.5 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work. Erroneous results put patients in danger, leading to misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments. All the while, Holmes and her partner, Sunny Balwani, worked to silence anyone who voiced misgivings—from journalists to their own employees.


  • Very good

    By Jmac0205
  • Couldn’t put the book down

    By Szabad74
    Excellent book on fraud and deception by Elizabeth Holmes, on the American public and big time investors. A 2 day read.
  • Spell-binding

    By Dr. Neel Palakurthy
    Wow- what a piece of investigative journalism.
  • How did it take so long?

    By TBK57$
    Amazing account of deception. Who joins a “Board of Directors” and never bothers to find out whether the thing actually works or not? Supposedly smart and accomplished people. Excellent reporting and storytelling.
  • Amazing story

    By Aod762
    Fantastic true story that reads like a novel
  • Just Great!

    By RobMSF
    This is the best book I’ve read in some time. I literally couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended!
  • Super book

    By wer749
    I knew all the info about this story before reading the book and I still throughly enjoyed reading it!!
  • I couldn’t put this book down

    By Ho1y Ghost
    I normally don’t write reviews, but I’m compelled to because this was such a gripping story as well as fantastic journalism. The book is a testament to the importance of scientific integrity, investigative journalism, and checks and balances.
  • Greed indeed

    By cb$cb
    Notable Politicians mention in this read.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By Zpmqanebiojfvytrewchi
    Great book. I read every morning, but mainly newspaper and magazine articles. This book felt like a very large and great article. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop.