John Carreyrou's BAD BLOOD is "Riveting" and "Masterfully Reported"
Elizabeth Holmes' recent indictment has put this unbelievable story back in the headlines; luckily there is a brilliantly reported book that tells the full story in extraordinary page-turning detail. In Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, The Wall Street Journal's John Carreyrou takes his readers through a step-by-step journey of the rise and fall of Silicon Valley company Theranos. Equal parts investigative journalism and cinematic portrayal, the book crafts a fascinating picture of secrecy, intrigue, deceit, and the various nuances of the tech industry. Bad Blood provides a unique, powerful lens into the nature of the health industry, the duplicitousness of leadership, and the tendency of the media to sensationalize.
Legendary Entertainment has set Oscar-nominated The Shape of Water co-writer Vanessa Taylor to write the screenplay for Bad Blood. Adam McKay will direct with Jennifer Lawrence starring as Elizabeth Holmes.
Praise and Critical Attention for BAD BLOOD:
"[A] chilling, third-person narrative of how Holmes came up with a fantastic idea that made her, for a while, the most successful woman entrepreneur in Silicon valley… Prizewinning Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou tells [this story] virtually to perfection… [His] description of Holmes as a manic leader who turned coolly hostile when challenged is ripe material for a psychologist… His recounting of his efforts to track down sources—many of whom were being intimidated by Theranos’s bullying lawyer, David Boies—reads like a West Coast version of 'All the President's Men.'"
—Roger Lowenstein, The New York Times Book Review
B"ad Blood is indeed a great and at times almost unbelievable story of scandalous fraud, surveillance, and legal intimidation at the highest levels of American corporate power." —Yasher Ali, New York Magazine
"Eye-opening... A vivid, cinematic portrayal of serpentine Silicon Valley corruption... A deep investigative report on the sensationalistic downfall of multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley biotech startup Theranos. Basing his findings on hundreds of interviews with people inside and outside the company, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Carreyrou rigorously examines the seamy details behind the demise of Theranos and its creator, Elizabeth Holmes… [Carreyrou] brilliantly captures the interpersonal melodrama, hidden agendas, gross misrepresentations, nepotism, and a host of delusions and lies that further fractured the company’s reputation and halted its rise."
"You will not want to put this riveting, masterfully reported book down. No matter how bad you think the Theranos story was, you'll learn that the reality was actually far worse."
—Bethany McLean, bestselling coauthor of The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils Are Here
"Engrossing… Bad Blood boasts movie-scene detail… Theranos, Carreyrou writes, was a revolving door, as Holmes and Balwani fired anyone who voiced even tentative doubts… What’s frightening is how easy it is to imagine a different outcome, one in which the company’s blood-testing devices continued to proliferate. That the story played out as it did is a testament to the many individuals who spoke up, at great personal risk."
—Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Science