Book Review: Bad Blood

You can fool some people all the time and you can fool all people some of the time, but you can’t fool all people all the time. Bad Blood is the epitome of this saying.

Story of a Fraud

John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood (2018) is a non-fiction book about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, the company she started.

Blood Tests

The book tells the story of Elizabeth Holmes as she drops out of college to start her own company. She wants to change the world by making a device able to perform a battery of test from a single speck of blood. She start her company and manages to get investors to build her first prototype. Too bad it was all a fraud. The book written from the testimony of Theranos ex-employees and the investigation Carreyrou did to expose them.

The Dread

As I was reading the book I got the feeling I had when I was in school. It’s when the teacher assigns a huge project and you know you have to turn it in. The thing is, you postpone it and you push it to the back of your mind. The due dates gets closer and closer and a wave of anxiety swells inside you because you know you have to the project; it’s a huge part of your grade and you just don’t it.

Yeah, I hated doing science fair projects.

Anyways, as the lies built in the narrative, I knew it was all going to crumble. The sense that the bill for the actions Holmes did was going to come sooner or later was ever-present in the book. I liked how the book uses testimony’s we can get a glimpse into Elizabeth Holmes’ mind. It’s a twisted ride filled with lies and deception.

The Boyfriend

The book does a fantastic job of describing Elizabeth Holmes’ boyfriend, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. The way people describe him in the book painted such a detailed portrait of the man. It was as if he was standing right in front of me. The guy is not a likeable dude. At least, I didn’t like him.

Final Thoughts

This is an amazing book. It made me wonder what I would do if I was working at Theranos at the time. This book has it all: ethical dilemmas, peer pressure, legal battles, betrayal, bullying, lies, lies and more lies. Please do yourself a favor and read it.

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