Dear Great Book Guru, Sea Cliff Beautification Committee will hold its Secret Garden Tour on Saturday, June 30 from 10 to 3 and I will be stationed at a friend’s beautiful backyard. There will be time I’m sure for some good reading before and after…any suggestions? Secret Garden Sojourner
Dear Secret Garden Sojourner, I just finished one of the best books I have read this year: BAD BLOOD by Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou. This book has it all- intrigue, corruption, jealousy, paranoia, lies, romance, redemption, and a cast of unbelievably colorful characters. Elizabeth Holmes began Theranos- a company based on a revolutionary blood testing concept- in 2004 when she was nineteen years-old. By 2015 she was declared the youngest female billionaire with a paper fortune of nine billion dollars. This past weekend she was indicted for fraud and her fortune devalued to zero. Carreyrou’s book underscores the power of lies, charisma, and greed. Backed by powerful but smitten men including Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, General Mattis, Rupert Murdoch, corporate CEO’s of Walgreens and Safeway, and a bevy of world famous scientists, Holmes carried off this billion dollar scam. It is an incredible story- a cautionary tale indeed but more over a great read- not to be missed…highly recommended!