226: True Crime Recs to Dive Into This Year
Are you a true crime fan? Lucky for you, we have a wide range of opinions on this genre, so our recommendations include picks that would work for any reader depending on your interest and preferences. Our picks include Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff’s Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, and John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.
Our True Crime Recommendations
Ashley - Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff’s Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered (Libro.fm | Bookshop.org) Sara - Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Libro.fm | Bookshop.org)
John Carreyrou's podcast - Bad Blood: The Final Chapter
Podcast - The Dropout
Documentary - The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
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Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff’s Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered (Libro.fm | Bookshop.org)
From the publisher:
"Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.
"In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness."
Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Libro.fm | Bookshop.org)
From the publisher:
"In 2017, a routine network television investigation led to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it’s the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement."
John Carreyrou's Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (Libro.fm | Bookshop.org)
"The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech start-up founded by Elizabeth Holmes - now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor - by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.
''The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.' (Bill Gates)
"In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up 'unicorn' promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fund-raising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’ worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work. A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley."
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