In Bad Blood, John Carreyrou charts the rise and fall of Theranos, a Silicon Valley start-up that achieved rock star status, and billions in valuation due, in no small part, to its founder, the young, charismatic and photogenic Elizabeth Holmes. The uncritical, deeply unserious press turned her into a feminist superstar because, well, she fit a preferred narrative.
I still remember the day when I heard that Sandy Koufax refused to pitch a World Series opening game because it was Yom Kippur.
It was, to say the least, something of a shock. We, baseball mad yeshiva kids, knew that the great Southpaw was a Jew from Bensonhurst, but we also knew that he was not observant. In fact, Koufax never even had a Bar Mitzvah. Shock was quickly replaced by pride as this assimilated Jewish superstar made a very public stand for, what we saw as, Torah values.
It’s no secret that the various Israeli secret services are quite effective.
Ronen Bergman’s doorstopper of a book, Rise and Kill First: The Inside Story and Secret Operations of Israel’s Assassination Program, concentrates, obviously, on the enemies of the Jewish State who are chosen for assassination.
Bergman chronicles the awkward birth pangs of the intelligence services in pre-state Israel to the high-tech machinery that is now in motion.
Three fine books I highly recommend.
I’m reading three splendid books, all which I highly recommend.