Thursday, May 27, 2021

Six non-fiction titles about crime & general bad behavior in Silicon Valley

Kathy Wang grew up in Northern California and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.

Wang's debut novel Family Trust was a Costco Pennie’s Pick, Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, and the inaugural selection of the Buzzfeed Book Club. Her second novel Impostor Syndrome will be published by Custom House/HarperCollins in June 2021.

At CrimeReads Wang tagged six of her "favorite non-fiction books about crime and general bad behavior in Silicon Valley," including:
Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou

Even though this is a later release, I think of Bad Blood as almost the big daddy of Silicon Valley non-fiction thrillers, partially because it’s got it all. The setting (Palo Alto), the technology (just a drop of blood!), the crime (the product doesn’t actually work), and most importantly, the characters (some everyday heroes, a host of mini-villains, and a big, complex villain in the shape of Elizabeth Holmes). The book flies, no small part thanks to Carreyrou, who is both a gifted writer and in the later parts an active part of the story, as he helps break the Theranos deception wide open. By the end, I was both dismayed and slightly sympathetic to Elizabeth Holmes—I felt I really knew her story, and what more can we ask from a book?
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue