Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

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Comments and mentions from HN threads:

Ask HN: Books you read in 2018?


madmax108: This book really does read like a Hollywood movie screenplay. The rise and fall of Theranos, documented through interviews with hundreds of ex-employees by the very author who came up with the first expose of Theranos. Truly shows the flaws in the "fake it before you make it" mindset and how we glorify "geniuses".

cyberjunkie: Story of Theranos, its founders and the conception of terrible ideas. Great record of their actions based on subjective ethics and morals, how they can lead you to going insane.

bayindirh: A fascinating read. I'm still in the first quarter, and with this density, the events are well simply amazing to put it lightly.

adenadel: This book is about Theranos and is absolutely insane, it reads like a thriller

formalsystem: Couldn't stop flipping the pages, reads like satire. Seeing the names of the most powerful people in the US and how they enabled Theranos' rise to prominence made me realize how much we fetishize geniuses and how little popular experts know.

psychotik: Story of Theranos. Absolutely crazy read.

crabl: Gripping prose and an altogether incredible storyline

Ask HN: Favorite nonfiction books of 2018?


fernandotakai: Really really good book that shows the dark side of startups. The audiobook is super good too, well narrated.

pauldix: Agree, I thought I knew everything about the story, but the book had even more in it. Well written and highly entertaining. I couldn't put it down.

jmcgough: Bad Blood is a must if you work in tech. Incredible page-turner, and shocking at the level of deception they employed.

danso: ...is a must-read. Even as someone who read and enjoyed every story published in the WSJ about Theranos, the book managed to have even more context and incredible (and hilarious) reporting. It's a book as entertaining as it is invaluable in its investigative journalism.

banjo_milkman: If you've ever been in a startup you'll recognize bits of this story, but it quickly gets out of control in novel ways. Astonishing story.

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Tokiin: The ride to the top and then rock bottom for Theranos is a wild one, and the author does a great job of not letting you put this book down once you start.

Ask HN: Read any good books lately?


marshallbananas: A book about the infamous blood testing startup Theranos. I couldn't put it down. Read the whole thing in a day and a half. It's basically a gripping thriller set in Silicon Valley. The story focuses on what went on within the company since its inception. It's completely mind boggling how and why it all happened.

Ask HN: Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2019?


xwowsersx: A truly spellbinding work of investigative journalism.

Auslaender: I read this book January this year and it was terrific. It reads like a hollywood movie. Some people in that book are just insane.

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