Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Secrets and Lies - I'll say! What a great book, that meant so much to me as much of it takes place around the old haunts in Silicon Valley, and specifically Palo Alto, where I spent lots of time during my 25-year Hewlett Packard career. In addition to the geographic familiarity, I greatly enjoyed learning about the blood-testing field, so important as we learn "doctors base 70 percent of their treatment decisions on lab results". It's a skillfully woven tale, leading right into the author's wheelhouse as an investigative reporter at the Wall Street Journal, when it becomes a first-person narrative of breaking the story of fraud and deceit, so viciously defended by Theranos CEO Elizabeth Hughes and company. Interesting, too, as she plays to the political big-hitters of her present (Obama, Biden, and eventually Hillary Clinton) and past, including the nonagenarians who inhabit her board of directors, Hughes and her thugs' tactics are actually extremely similar to the current POTUS (DJT) and his thugs, in seeking out and trying to crush whistle-blowers and truth-tellers. The book couldn't be more timely, with the Theranos shut-down just last week (early September 2018). Here's a real spoiler - Rupert Murdoch comes off looking good!



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