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what helped win James and Grossman over was its board of directors. In addition to Shultz and Mattis, it now included former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, former secretary of defense William Perry, former Senate Arms Services Committee chairman Sam Nunn, and former navy admiral Gary Roughead. These were men with sterling, larger-than-life reputations who gave Theranos a stamp of legitimacy. The common denominator between all of them was that, like Shultz, they were fellows at the Hoover Institution. After befriending Shultz, Elizabeth had methodically cultivated each one of them and offered them board seats in exchange for grants of stock. The presence of these former cabinet members, congressmen, and military officials on the board also lent credence to Elizabeth and Sunny’s assertions that Theranos’s devices were being used in the field by the U.S. military. board. Not to mention the fact that this board had a special adviser named David Boies who attended all of its meetings. With one of the country’s top lawyers keeping watch, what could possibly go wrong? Carreyrou, John. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (p. 182). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. Carreyrou, John. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (pp. 181-182). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. Carreyrou, John. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (p. 181). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

— Board of Directors on Theranos  

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