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Bad Blood

Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

by John Carreyrou

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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
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    May 2018, 352 pages

    Jan 2020, 368 pages


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Meteoric Rise, Precipitous Fall
Bad Blood details the startup, meteoric rise, and precipitous fall of Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, who at her zenith was recognized by Forbes magazine as the youngest ever self made billionaire. It brings to the forefront all of the lies, half-truths, cover-ups, bullying, and downright scary tactics committed by Holmes, her cronies, and which her legal team used to advance their dangerous prototypes. If she had accomplished pulling off this charade, the risk to the American public would have been substantial. The brave former employees who stood up for what is right are to be commended. Also to be commended is the author for taking a critical look at Theranos when so many others, including former US government cabinet members, allowed themselves to be hoodwinked. The author's perseverance helped to refocus FDA and CMS scrutiny. As a retired acute care hospital employee who is familiar with CMS surveys, I was appalled by the Theranos leadership's willingness to bold face lie, cover-up, and hide information and equipment during surveys.

At present, Holmes and several of her inner circle are under federal indictment and have already settled with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Hopefully, justice will prevail over money, power, and social standing. This book is most definitely worth the reader's time.
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