For those of us following Carreyrou's ongoing expose in WSJ since 2015, there are few surprises.
More recently Ronan Farrow took shots at Boies in The New Yorker in regard to Harvey Weinstein.
It is interesting to note that on Glassdoor, the employee reviews of Boies' firm Boies Schiller give it a rating of 2.9, out of a possible 5. That's unusually low for a brandname law firm.
For those who should have more insight into the actual scams and the reality distortions going on in tech, the book is a must-read. And, if they have already been duped, they will find out they have plenty of company. Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch also had been a major investor in Theranos.
Carreyrou's investigation was kicked off by a tip from a suspicious reader of Carreyrou's columns in WSJ.
Before that, Theranos and its founder Elizabeth Holmes had been media darlings. After Carreyrou's front-page story in WSJ, there was an almost immediate reversal of fortune for both the startup and The Amazing Ms. Holmes.
Currently the startup is in tatters and could face criminal action. Liquidation is likely. Holmes will harden into a symbol of how easy it is to dupe human beings who want to be associated with The Next Big Thing. Henry Kissinger also had been a board member.
What the book can accomplish is to accelerate government investigation and resulting regulation of tech in the U.S. Over in Europe that has already happened. The era of blind faith in tech may have peaked. Accidents - one fatal - with the driverless car, for example, have thrown shade on that technology. Lots more could fall from grace in public perception.
In many of his interviews, Carreyrou briefs audiences on the dynamics of the tech industry - past and present. His take isn't pretty.
Could it happen that the humanities will return to cool? And universities will not feel compelled to dismantle departments of English, French, Philosophy, and History?
Here is a development I want to share: Some of those I coach know my background in the humanities. Currently they are asking me to recommend good books, including fiction, they could read.
When we are suffering, the arts can bring comfort.
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