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Bad Blood
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup | John Carreyrou
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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sisilia
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Still about Bad Blood 😅 I realized that the book focused mainly on how bad Holmes and Theranos management was (yeah, we get it - they were horrible!). It would be nicer if the book focused more on Carreyrou‘s investigation process, just like the story about how Boston Globe‘s Spotlight team uncovered child sex abuse cases by Roman Catholic priests. That‘d be nice!

squirrelbrain I thought that some more about his investigation would have been really interesting, but it seemed as though many of his sources wanted or needed to remain anonymous so maybe it would have been difficult to write about in any detail without compromising someone? 14h
Kimberlone Have you watched the HBO documentary The Inventor yet? Carreyrou is featured in the film and he explains how he becomes involved in investigating Theranos 8h
sisilia @squirrelbrain Yeah, he had to protect his sources 7h
sisilia @Kimberlone I‘m going to watch that soon 😃 7h
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sisilia
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4⭐️ Despite the excellent writing, I read this book with severe agitation. How she had the audacity to lie and cover up while risking other people‘s lives is unthinkable 🤯 She is a great sales person I believe she could have been as successful as she wished to be if she could just accept her limitations and tweak it from there. Being humble never hurts

JanuarieTimewalker13 I feel someone that is diabolical probably is brain damaged in some way. It‘s the only way I can accept it. I‘m a bit scared to read this book. 16h
sisilia @JanuarieTimewalker13 She was driven by money ☹️ It‘s so sad to see how greed shapes a person 16h
JanuarieTimewalker13 Is she behind bars? 16h
sisilia @JanuarieTimewalker13 Sadly, no 😶 16h
JanuarieTimewalker13 What?!!!!! Oh dear God...her bank account should be emptied and she should be sent into the woods....totally shunned by society. 16h
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Kimberlone
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I started listening to this on Saturday while on a two hour drive. Really enjoying so far - going to keep listening while doing errands today.

TheRomantiCate I‘m dying to read this one!! They talked about it on My Favorite Murder and it sounds really interesting!! 1d
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sophierayton
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Crazy! What a bunch of psychos. You always think (I always think) that big companies have their stuff together and their ethics steady; evidently that is not always so. I do hope the technology they seek to create does exist one day, but it needs to be done sensibly. Well done to the whistle-blowers and the brave journalists who have reported about it.

lele1432 After over a decade in corporate America, I can tell you the way some of these companies are run, (and with the people running them) it's amazing some of them are as big and functional as they are! 2d
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sisilia
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My goodness, I‘m so irritated by this Theranos business. Grrrrr.... Elizabeth Holmes is Cathy Ames in real life!!! And Sunny and Fuisz... omg, this book is full of devilish characters, who are real people!!! 😱 I‘m halfway through, and that‘s my face expression 👆🏻while I‘m reading this 😤

catherine2 And STILL no one is in jail for any of it! 3d
sisilia @catherine2 It‘s simply ridiculous 🤯 3d
AlaMich It‘s a bizarre, fascinating, rage-inducing story. 3d
sisilia @AlaMich Fun to read, although blood is boiling 😹 2d
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sisilia
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Starting this Theranos drama. My husband just finished it a few days ago. His verdict: “Good writing, I bet you could just devour it in a day; but I wish it was about something positive instead.” Well, we shall see....

Kimberlone I just started listening to the audiobook! 3d
Dolly One of the best books I‘ve ever read. I love contemplating how she convinced others to blindly believe in her. How did that happen? After watching an interview with her I thought she was a mess. This story will stay with me forever. 3d
sisilia @Dolly The eyes! 👀😅 I questioned the same thing, too. She is probably a good sales person, but I also think that those guys were blinded by greed. The promise of a successful start-up; another Facebook, another Twitter 🙈 2d
sisilia @Kimberlone How are you liking it so far? I‘m halfway and have to stop because of work 🤦🏻‍♀️ I think I can finish it by tomorrow; the writing is addictive! 2d
Kimberlone @sisilia really enjoying it! I have already watched the documentary and listened to the podcast, so the book is great because there‘s so much more to the story to wxore 2d
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DebinHawaii
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Stayed up late to finish & get it back to the library. Excellent non-fiction that reads like a novel. I caught the news specials & HBO documentary before going in but this book adds the details & cements my amazement of how this woman duped so many rich & powerful people with so few checking the science behind her claims. She & her lover/co-conspirator go to trial next summer & the HR professional in me now wants the Theranos HR head there too! 😤

Kappadeemom Please watch this comedian‘s impersonation of her 😂 https://www.instagram.com/p/BwvWgKuHQjj/?igshid=4sahghoeqqn6 4d
DebinHawaii @Kappadeemom OK, that is perfect!!! 🤣🤣🤣 4d
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! ❤️ 4d
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MicheleinPhilly I loved this one but my utter hatred for this woman and her former boyfriend is creeping into irrational territory. 4d
DebinHawaii @squirrelbrain It was REALLY good! 😍 4d
DebinHawaii @MicheleinPhilly Yes! I feel the same & I add to that hatred the (at the very least) complacent Human Resources person. I have very irrational feelings to HR people who do bad things! 🤣🤣🤣 4d
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Niso
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A superb work of investigative journalism on how a crafty extremely privileged white blonde girl/psychopath scammed and handled some of the world most powerful policy and business elite (mostly a punch of old white men thinking with their dicks) and the dreadful ramifications on the health and welfare of millions if it wasn‘t for the bravery and commitment of a whistleblower and a journalist.

Highly recommended
#nonfiction #favourites #bookly

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janeycanuck
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Daaaammmmmmnnnnnnnn.

If you‘ll excuse me, I‘ll now be binging on the HBO documentary and the ABC podcast.

Leftcoastzen Well said ! I have not listened to the podcast. 6d
janeycanuck @Leftcoastzen it‘s called The Dropout. 6 episodes in total. I suspect there will be a lot of overlap with the ABC documentary, if you saw it. 6d
charl08 Still shaking my head on this one (they did what? Why didn't anyone stop this/ see through this sooner?!!) 6d
LauraJ Hello puggy! 6d
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squirrelbrain
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What a scary book! It‘s amazing how one woman can fool so many supposedly intelligent high-powered people, and more worryingly, fool the federal authorities too.

It‘s a really well written book that‘s difficult to put down - highly recommended!

(I notice that a trial date for Elizabeth and Sunny was set last week for August 2020)

BarbaraBB Great review. Now I finally want to pick it up! 6d
Cathythoughts I have this on kindle... must get to it. Sounds good 👍🏻 6d
Caroline2 Oh sounds goooood, stacked! 👍🏻 5d
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thebluestocking
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As fascinating as everyone said it was. The story is obviously excellent, and the writing is too. I wish there was more about the internal thought processes of Holmes herself, but that wasn‘t this book. Followed this up with the HBO doc.

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CaramelLunacy
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I found this really fascinating. I picked it up as a companion to The Dropout podcast and enjoyed the more in depth version here. The sordid story of a massive fraud perpetuated by charisma, secrecy, harassment and threats - not only an expose on the breakdown of regulation, but also an indictment of the tactics used by prominent lawyers to "aggressively defend" clients perpetuating fraud by having whistleblowers followed and intimidated.

LeeRHarry I think she goes on trial next year - I will be watching with interest that‘s for sure! 1w
CaramelLunacy @LeeRHarry Agreed, will be keeping an eye on that! 1w
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CorLie
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Wow.
This is the story of how usually smart men with too much money for conned out of a ton of it. And a bit about the woman who conned them. And sadly not enough about the people who actually got hurt as a result. Still- great book. It read much more cleanly than most nonfiction (a lot less dithering) and I really enjoyed reading it. Recommend.

Macnjen So compelling! Read this in 3 days. 1w
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Hestapleton
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Crazy town from start to finish. I find white collar pretty boring, but Carreyrou writes a fascinating story of deception and manipulation that I couldn‘t look away from. A great companion to the podcast “The Dropout.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 12/30 for #bfcr2

Lizpixie I loved this one! I can‘t believe she got away with it for so long. And they were all smart people she was swindling too🙈🙉🙊 1w
Hestapleton @Lizpixie including our former secretary of defense James Mattis. 🙃😬 1w
Leftcoastzen It‘s 🦇💩🤪.Hope there is some justice. 1w
Megabooks I need to listen to that podcast! 1w
CaroPi That book was amazing. I listened the audiobook. My house has never been cleaner 1w
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CaramelLunacy
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After listening to The Dropout podcast, I decided to give the book about entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes and her mess of a biotech start up a try. It is fascinating how much of a mess they managed to make through bad corporate culture and bullying to ruin what seems like a great underlying idea...

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DebinHawaii
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My July 4th celebration is reading & napping as much as I can, couch time in front of the fan in my pjs & ahi poke & Maui chips for lunch. Just starting this one, but I've heard great things.

LeahBergen Yum! Happy 4th to you! 2w
mel_darnold The poke looks delightful! 2w
Megabooks That poke looks great! Hope you had a good 4th! 2w
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Blaire You won‘t be able to stop once you start this one. 2w
DebinHawaii @Megabooks @mel_darnold @Megabooks Thank you. It was delicious! 😋 2w
DebinHawaii @Blaire I had to stop to finish up my chapters for a buddy read but It was hard & I am looking forward to picking it back up today! 2w
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stefanr96
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Gripping account of the unseen world behind Silicon Valley. 10/10

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unabridgedchick
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Nonviolent true crime and a Lillet spritzer.

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Itchyfeetreader
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Well this is a great read so far - but sorry I am heading out today as I could happily keep on reading ! #bfg hit everything except my steps but am pleased to have thrashed the active in work one - maybe the fulls set be next week! @wanderinglynn @Mitch huge shout out to my little team the support and chat has been great 👍🏻

RachelO The ‘Active at work‘ one is SO difficult! Great going! And isn‘t the book fascinating? I‘ve put mine to one side for a little because it was making me too 😡, but just unbelievable! 2w
Crazeedi You did great!!👏👏 2w
sudi Great job 👏👏👏. I've wanted to read this book for a while but haven't had the chance. I'll definitely have to check the ebook. 2w
wanderinglynn Great first week! 🙌🏻 2w
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 2w
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Callemarie
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This book blew my mind with the lengths that Holmes and Balwani would go to to cover up the secret that their multi billion dollar company was a huge lie. What total and utter douches. They get what is coming to them.

Itchyfeetreader Am 10 pc in and captivated! 2w
cathysaid I haven‘t yet read the book but watched something on TV recently. Didn‘t she start another company? 2w
Callemarie @cathysaid if I remember correctly one of the things she is not allowed to doe for 10 years is be like CEO of another company or something like that 2w
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WOW. What an impeccably researched and fascinating deep dive into the long con that is Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes. I didn‘t know much of the story past headlines, so a lot of this was new to me, and certainly the volume of misdeeds is astonishing. And still being revealed. Just today, Holmes received a trial date and could face up to 20 years in prison for her actions.

Leftcoastzen I read the book and watched the HBO documentary, a noble idea,who wouldn‘t want a better , cheaper system to monitor ones health,insane how out there this story is. 3w
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If you see this woman, run. She is a soulless woman with no moral compass. The book is well written. I had already watched the documentary so I felt that I knew most of the information already. It‘s an intriguing and disturbing story of the unbelievable gullibility of sooo many supposedly intelligent people. I felt particularly sad for the grandson of George Schultz who kept trying to warn Schultz. Schultz consistently believed Holmes.

MicheleinPhilly Every time someone referred to her charm I thought, “Are we talking about the same person?” She‘s creepy AF. I hope she rots in prison for decades even though I know she likely won‘t. 3w
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly I know! I saw some news recently that she‘s just gotten married to some young rich guy. She had that same creepy look to her. 3w
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Kappadeemom
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😂😂😂

BeckyB 😂 3w
Bookcation74 OMG LOL 3w
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Kappadeemom
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Pool day and using my new towel from @monalyisha

monalyisha Nice! 🤗🍉💦 Thanks for tagging me! 3w
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Smrloomis
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This was a very detailed look at Elizabeth Holmes‘s wild foray into health care and investor fraud. It reminded me of Going Clear, another book I didn‘t know I needed to read until I started it and couldn‘t put it down. Highly recommended. I might need to watch the documentary that‘s out on it and I‘m not usually a documentary fan. If you‘re curious, pick it up.

Smrloomis If anyone else wants to read Going Clear, here‘s a tag for it. 3w
Caroline2 Sounds good! Stacked both! 👍🏻 3w
RachelO I‘ve had to take a break from this for a couple of days - it‘s making me SO angry!! 3w
Smrloomis @Caroline2 YES! Let me know when you think if you get to them! 3w
Smrloomis @RachelO yeah, it‘s just crazy what they did and how little they seemed to care about what happened to the people they were harming. 3w
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Leftcoastzen
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When you look up the word hubris, is there a picture of Elizabeth Holmes there? Great book that gets more outrageous every page.A well researched book,Carreyrou soldiered on despite the best efforts of Theranos lawyers.Is all that security there to protect proprietary technology or to prevent people from figuring out the Emperor has no clothes?Highly Recommended just don‘t let your eyes roll out of your head.🙄

Smrloomis Great review! This book was just so crazy. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
CaramelLunacy Also, I love your pandas! 2w
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booklover76
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I am simply blown away by the shenanigans written about in this book. It is inconceivable to me that Elizabeth Holmes was able to dupe the likes of George Schultz, Jim Mattison, Henry Kissinger, and Larry Ellison to invest in her company and defend it when the evidence pointed to her committing fraud! Definitely one of my top 10 of 2019.

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“...anyone not prepared to show complete devotion and unmitigated loyalty to the company should “get the f- out”” 😱🤯

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booklover76
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I have a weird thing were I read reviews on Goodreads and here before I actually decide if I want to finish the book. Usually I read a chapter and then go check the reviews.
So I was shocked when the first review on Goodreads was from none other than Bill Gates. And yes, it's him. It's his author account on there. 😯😯😯

annahenke Cool! 1mo
Smrloomis Yeah, it was one of his book recommendations last year and apparently he has also recommended Nine Pints. I‘m reading the Theranos one right now too and it is insane! (edited) 1mo
booklover76 @Smrloomis totally insane! I keep thinking how did she sucker Larry Ellison of all people to invest in her company! And all the lying about the tests and profits!!! 1mo
Smrloomis @booklover76 😆🤷🏻‍♀️ I can‘t believe I still have 100+ pages to go. 1mo
booklover76 @Smrloomis I am 200 pages in. This is getting even more crazy. 1mo
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RachelO
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Sunday morning reading (thanks @Oryx )

I‘m ? already. So many concerns, and she just keeps bulldozering through, apparently through sheer force of personality.

I think there‘s an ‘unlikeable person‘ category in #nonfiction2019 - chances are I‘ll use this book for the prompt. Not sure which person I‘ll be referring to though... So far, Elizabeth appears determined, naïve, just plain wrong and possibly delusional- but Fuisz... WHAT??

squirrelbrain Sounds great - I‘ve read a lot in the press about this... stacked! 1mo
Cathythoughts I think it sounds great too ! Stacking 1mo
Hooked_on_books I loved this book. I really want to see someone do a novelization of the story and try to get in her head. Did she know she was scamming everyone, or did she delude herself as well? I just don‘t know. 1mo
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Oryx It's incredible, isn't it? So many moments of, "But how? Why? Wtf???". So much arrogance too to think she could just make a scientific idea work, without even bothering to learn any science (as in finish her degree, nevermind a PhD). And then a Harvard prof tells her straight off, this can't work because x y z... she ignores her. 1mo
HeatherBookNerd Totally fascinating story. Shows you just how far privilege and wealth can take you even when you‘re completely delusional. 1mo
Bookwormjillk I just got this from the library. Can‘t wait to read it. 1mo
RachelO @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts 👍 Think it‘s going to be a great rant read! 1mo
RachelO @Hooked_on_books Exactly! I‘m only at the beginning, and I don‘t feel like she‘s being malicious. Just out-of-her-depth and genuinely believing it‘ll work if you hit it hard enough, plus spectacularly unaware of any other human beings in the room. Although she did know how to charm/manipulate top bods, so maybe I‘m wrong on the lack of people skills... 1mo
RachelO @Oryx I worked in Patents Information for a brief while (a job I LOVED!). We were told at the beginning we‘d be bound to see perpetual motion machines, and sure enough, day 1... IT CANNOT WORK! But me and my GCSE physics weren‘t there to give technical advice, and they fully believed it worked... They really just didn‘t hear it... 1mo
RachelO @HeatherBookNerd It‘s just amazing. 1mo
RachelO @Bookwormjillk Hope you find it interesting- it‘s a good one! 1mo
Cathythoughts Unstacked , as I just got it on kindle 👍🏻👍🏻 😁 1mo
RachelO @Cathythoughts 👍 Thanks for the reminder! I need to unstack All The Things 😁 1mo
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This list of things their clinical lab scientist did wrong is just mind-blowing. Contaminating things, running tests he wasn‘t trained to do, not following manufacturer‘s instructions... holy crap! I wouldn‘t want someone to do my laundry this way, let alone handle blood.

LauraJ How did the guy even get the job in the first place?! 1mo
Smrloomis @LauraJ seriously! No idea. I have no training whatsoever and even I know this is terrible 😱 1mo
RachelO I just started this, and 😱. I just... 🤯 It‘s scary! 1mo
Smrloomis @RachelO right there with you. I keep making concerned faces while I read this 😂 1mo
RachelO @Smrloomis I have no words. Much spluttering going on! 1mo
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Smrloomis
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This book = 🤯 but I really like this description: “The way Sunny dressed was also meant to telegraph influence, though not necessarily taste. He wore white designer shirts with puffy sleeves, acid-washed jeans, and blue Gucci loafers.” Um, what?

LauraJ Egads! 1mo
Smrloomis @LauraJ I know! He sounds like an expensively dressed 1980s wizard. 1mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m reading this now , when I read that description sounds like the guy you hide from at the night club.😂 1mo
Smrloomis @Leftcoastzen 😂 Yup. And also this book just gets crazier and crazier! I knew vaguely about this but had no idea how insane it was until I started reading this. 1mo
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Callemarie
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After what feels like 826264262829 million years I finally got this bad boy in from.the library

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GinaKButler
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I‘m about halfway through this...it‘s just incredible how she managed to fool so many intelligent people! 🎧

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Mehso-so

An in-depth look at the Elizabeth Holmes & Theranos scandal. Very well researched, very long.

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mom2bugnbee
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This is just as insane as everyone says it is. Truth truly is often stranger than fiction.

⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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laurenslibrary
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1. Tagged
2. The Wedding Date.. I DNF'd that one.
3. The Testaments and new Joe Hill and Stephen King.
4. 100 books. I'm behind by like 20 😕
5. @Kayla.Adriena @LokiDokey @Slajaunie

#thursdaysurvey

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Chelsea.Poole
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Loved this #nonfiction account of the Theranos scandal. I'm going to watch the HBO documentary as soon as I get a chance. What an interesting scam...old (powerful) white men were duped by a young blonde hair blue eyed "entrepreneur". Shocking ?

Quippe I am waiting for this to come out in paperback in the UK because I watched the documentary and it is just so ... insane.
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AmyG It‘s such a wild story. 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Quippe "Insane" is a great way to describe this mess! @amyg "wild" is another! 1mo
Gezemice @Quippe @AmyG insane and wild, indeed. Jawdropping 1mo
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Macnjen
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Read this. Amazing accounting of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. The deception, bullying and cover ups are astounding. Very fast read, I didn't want to put it down. Timely because this will be in the news again shortly. My only complaint is it jumped back in forth in time a little bit but I think that was unavoidable in telling the story. I have a TON of sticky marks (wish I had book darts) marking all the crazy stuff I want to discuss at bookclub.

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Macnjen
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Self professed #booknerd. Look at all my cat markers holding all the crazy things I want to talk about at book club!!! The book is blowing my mind even though I‘ve already seen the documentary and listened to the podcast!

ShyBookOwl Loved this one! 1mo
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Macnjen
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So interesting! #riotgrams

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Chelsea.Poole
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#currentlyreading finally getting around to this #nonfiction account of a big ol' scam that I know a little about, and ready to dive in and hear the whole story. #readandlisten

rachelsbrittain I really enjoyed this one! 1mo
Dolly I found this fascinating. 1mo
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NotCool
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I kept thinking “that‘s not so bad” in regards to Holmes and then getting grossed out at myself when I realized I‘d judged her on a tech-bro scale, not a medical care provider scale, then getting angry at myself again because I didn‘t hold tech entrepreneurs to higher standards.

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This was the perfect road trip audiobook! Surprisingly suspenseful and absolutely fascinating. It was published in spring 2018, so there have been a handful of additional developments in the story since then, but the main criminal trials are still forthcoming.

#audiobook #nonfiction #audio #roadtrip #bookrec

BellaBookNook I‘m still on hold for this book but I find the whole thing fascinating. 2mo
readtheworld @BellaBookNook It‘s a real page-turner! After the book I recommend the HBO documentary The Inventor so you can see footage of some of the things the book talks about. 2mo
BellaBookNook I thought I heard something about a documentary. Definitely will check it out after the book! 1mo
readtheworld @BellaBookNook Yes, there‘s a great documentary on HBO. It covers a lot of the same ground as the book but I watched it after finishing the book and enjoyed seeing interviews and footage of all the key people. 1mo
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Christinak
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“When something went wrong inside the machine, the app kicked in and prevented an error #message from appearing on the digital display. Instead, the screen showed the test‘s progress slowing to a crawl.”
#QuotsyMay19

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Yangyangyang
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This is just awesome. Real life stories are always more extreme and ridiculous that movies could imagine.

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rachelsbrittain
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An incredible, almost impossible-to-believe account. This books is as much thriller as it is a nonfiction account of how a medical tech startup defrauded investors and companies for years & knowingly put patients lives at risk. I knew a bit about Theranos before reading this, but the full story is even more unbelievable. Carreyrou recounts the events with great skill, crafting a highly entertaining book in the process. I could barely put it down.

MicheleinPhilly Same! I was staying up until 1 and waking up at 6 to read it! 2mo
rachelsbrittain @MicheleinPhilly I may've stayed up way too late last night to finish it. Hit the half way point and there was just no going back 😅 2mo
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