Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

John Carreyrou
A National Geographic Best Book of the Year National BestsellerMany people dream of escaping modern life. Most will never act on it—but in 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight did just that when he left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another person for the next twenty-seven years. Drawing on extensive interviews with Knight himself, journalist Michael Finkel shows how Knight lived in a tent in a secluded encampment, developing ingenious ways to store provisions and stave off frostbite during the winters. A former alarm technician, he stealthily broke into nearby cottages for food, books, and supplies, taking only what he needed but sowing unease in a community plagued by his mysterious burglaries. Since returning to the world, he has faced unique challenges—and compelled us to reexamine our assumptions about what makes a good life. By turns riveting and thought-provoking, The Stranger in the Woods gives us a deeply moving portrait of a man determined to live his own way.


Reviewed: 2021-07-05
Docking one star for the audiobook narrator - what a robot! But such a fascinating story and a very comprehensive overview. Not sure it painted a totally clear picture of Holmes (compared to the HBO doc - but how can you describe that kind of footage???)
Reviewed: 2020-03-25
One of my favorite pieces or investigative journalism I’ve read. The story is nuts. It made me angry and desperate to see the “bad guys” taken down. I enjoyed the read and the insight into Silicon Valley startup culture.
Reviewed: 2018-10-30

Awesome.  Was Elizabeth Holmes a sociopath or a product of Silican Valley unicorn fever.  Amazing to read how so many people are taken with this woman who had basically built a house of cards and made billions selling a fantasy.

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