NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The gripping story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos—one 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.
“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.
I knew all the info about this story before reading the book and I still throughly enjoyed reading it!!55
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.55
Notable Politicians mention in this read.55
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.55
Big Thanks to John carreyrou, ex-theranos employees who helped him and his team in getting the truth out. This is an important book to read.55
Couldn’t put it down for 3 whole days55
This book had me on the edge of my seat, beginning to end. I couldn’t put it down. Carreyrou’s portrayal of Balwani made me abhor this stalwart bully . Elizabeth.... there was no room for sympathy, or even empathy, at the demise of her ‘dream’. How they used, abused and intimidated people is unimaginable. I only hope Carryrou does a sequel to this book to let us know what becomes of these two despicable crooks.55
Compelling read from start to finish!55