New York Times bestseller
A Time Magazine Top 10 Book of the Decade in Nonfiction
A #1 New York Times audio bestseller
Audible.com Best of the Year in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
An Esquire Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2018 (So Far)
A 2018 Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year selection in Nonfiction
A Variety Magazine Pick of 3 Books to Read If You Were Glued to the Elizabeth Holmes Documentary
An iBooks bestseller in Audiobooks
A Paste Magazine Pick of Best Nonfiction Books of 2018
A New York Post Pick of 2018's Best Books
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A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 10 Excellent Summer Reads
The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor—by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.
“The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.” —Bill Gates
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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