Bad Blood

Bad Blood Summary

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.

Book Reviews


A thriller5 star

What a story. I’m strictly a biography reader but this was a real “true crime” book. Hard to put down. I devoured it in 4 days.55


Very good5 star



Couldn’t put the book down5 star

Excellent book on fraud and deception by Elizabeth Holmes, on the American public and big time investors. A 2 day read.55

Dr. Neel Palakurthy

Spell-binding5 star

Wow- what a piece of investigative journalism.55


How did it take so long?4 star

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.45


Amazing story5 star

Fantastic true story that reads like a novel55


Just Great!5 star

This is the best book I’ve read in some time. I literally couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended!55


Super book5 star

I knew all the info about this story before reading the book and I still throughly enjoyed reading it!!55

Ho1y Ghost

I couldn’t put this book down5 star

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


Greed indeed5 star

Notable Politicians mention in this read.55

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