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Bad blood : secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley startup
2018
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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.
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*Starred Review* Stories of corporate fraud and malfeasance are so ubiquitous as to barely raise an eyebrow, so the shock-and-awe media coverage surrounding the charges of massive fraud against Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes indicated a story of nearly unprecedented significance. A teenage Stanford dropout when she patented her idea for developing portable devices to administer comprehensive tests using only a single drop of blood, Holmes had a meteoric rise in Silicon Valley. She was acknowledged as the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world, helped in large part by her doe-eyed, husky-voiced charisma that attracted the likes of former secretaries of state George Shultz and Henry Kissinger and current secretary of defense James Mattis to her board of directors. Yet the company's purported capabilities and successes were shams, created by Holmes' unwavering but deluded belief in her thesis and reinforced by a workplace run on intimidation, fear, and paranoia. It would take the dauntless efforts of Wall Street Journal reporter Carreyrou to expose Holmes for the charlatan she was. Crime thriller authors have nothing on Carreyrou's exquisite sense of suspenseful pacing and multifaceted character development in this riveting, read-in-one-sitting tour de force. Investigative journalists are perhaps the country's last true protectors of truth and justice, and Carreyrou's commitment to unraveling Holmes' crimes has been literally of life-saving value.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2018 Booklist
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Author's Notep. ix
Prologuep. 3
1A Purposeful Lifep. 9
2The Gluebotp. 18
3Apple Envyp. 30
4Goodbye East Palyp. 41
5The Childhood Neighborp. 54
6Sunnyp. 67
7Dr. Jp. 81
8The miniLabp. 95
9The Wellness Playp. 109
10"Who Is LTC Shoemaker?"p. 120
11Lighting a Fuiszp. 132
12Ian Gibbonsp. 141
13Chiat\Dayp. 150
14Going Livep. 161
15Unicornp. 174
16The Grandsonp. 184
17Famep. 201
18The Hippocratic Oathp. 213
19The Tipp. 223
20The Ambushp. 240
21Trade Secretsp. 250
22La Mattanzap. 259
23Damage Controlp. 268
24The Empress Has No Clothesp. 281
Epiloguep. 294
Acknowledgmentsp. 301
Notesp. 305
Indexp. 325
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