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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

byAshlee Vance

Paperback | January 24, 2017

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In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs—a real-life Tony Stark—and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new “makers.”

Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius’s life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Vance uses Musk’s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk—one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history—is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.

Thorough and insightful, Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans.

Title:Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic FutureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:January 24, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful This book explores the background of Elon Musk, including his move from South Africa to Canada to the USA. Furthermore it delves into his personal relationships and provides a deep insight into his history and career path. It mentions the good, the bad and the ugly and thus provides a holistic an realistic view on a very ambitious entrepreneur.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting Kind of lost some steam towards the end and focuses to much on business/stocks/shareholders than Musk himself, but overall it's an interesting look at the man and his companies, how he forged his empires and what he plans on doing. He may seem crazy, but at least he's trying to do something for the planet and the species, is the point the book makes.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Perspectives of A Successful Person This book gave me a new whole perspective to Elon Musk as an individual. Allowed me to see the insides of this man's life; the sacrifices he made to become the success he is today.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A great insight to the journey of Elon Musk. He is not simply creating fancy mechanics but he is changing how the automotive industry and space industry works.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated Elon Musk is overrated CEO and I am amazed why shareholders placed their trust into him, considering that he was a total failure. This book is theoretical and adds nothing to the table.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book I am fascinated by Elon Musk's invention and mindsets, this book gives me more insights about his journey
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent The book was very intriguing to see the journey Elon Musk took to get into his position today.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This dude is overrated My least favourite celebrity of all time. The entire book is bragging.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! Elon Musk doesn't give up! He doesn't accept a no as an answer!! His life is an example to follow!!!
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational read! Exploring the mind of Elon Musk, who is a genius out of this world, was thrilling. This book was so interesting and inspirational, I was compelled the entire time.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book must read for anyone who is interested in science and ongoing developments in musk world
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read My girlfriend got me this for valentines day, couldn't put it down. Amazing to read about Musk's background and how he got to where he is today.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ FOR ANYONE & EVERYONE! There is no one on the planet like Elon Musk. His ideas are pervasive in our daily lives. What a fascinating modern day scientist! There has been no one in recent history like him. Only CEO on the planet that could put together his companies' products! Rockets included! As the author states "Whether Musk will change the course of human history in a massive way remains to be seen, but it was certainly a thrilling privilege to get to pick the brain of someone who is reaching so high." Thank you to the author for taking the reader with him, to allow us into the shadows of this fascinating modern day inventor. This book was thoroughly researched, well written, and easy to read. A glimpse into Musk's childhood, and university days enriches the story.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! I enjoyed reading this. It's so interesting and inspiring!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Musk is a very interesting guy, to say the least, and Vance did a great job of showing both sides of him. He is only human, which we need to be reminded, but his drive and passion is inspiring. The book is written from an outsider's perspective and is therefore very autobiographical. I would have however liked to read more from Musk's perspective, rather than his co-workers' perspectives and opinions about Musk's companies. This book merely gives a glimpse into Musk's life and ideologies. Nevertheless, great read.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting guy Amazing how driven he is and such a visionary. Great book to give a background on some who is impacting the world.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My boyfriend couldn't put it down Bought this for my boyfriend for Christmas and he loved it, couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting Read Can't say I knew much (or really anything) about Elon Musk or SpaceX before I read this book but it was a very interesting read. Kind of makes me want to get a Tesla. Musk is a fascinating individual, in both good and bad ways, and I felt this book did a good job a showing all his sides. Certainly worth a read.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fascinating Don't know how I feel about Elon Musk as a person but regardless, you can't argue with the fact that he is brilliant and has lived an incredibly interesting life. I felt like the author didn't really like him but was trying to make it seem like he did... maybe it's just me but it was kind of cringe-y to read some o the descriptions.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating Really enjoyed this entire book - written in a way that keeps you interested at every step. Such an interesting figure. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! Very good read, gives insight into Musk's life and describes how he discovered and continues to run Tesla, SpaceX and other companies in the past.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Musk Read!!! Superb bio into the life, mind, motivation and accomplishments of Elon Musk. The book is fair as it offers Musk points for his risktaking, drive, rebelliousness and creativity while also showing that his connections to other humans may not be ideal . Reading about Musk makes one excited for the future anticipating all the great technological leaps to come. Great book meants for all readers far beyond teh confines of Silicon Valley. Awesome!
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slow read I wasn't a fan of how this book was written, it seemed like the author wanted to please Elon Musk with how his story was positioned in some parts. It took a while to try to finish but picks up a bit more towards the end.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC READ! I was worried i was going to get overwhelmed with the science aspect of his doings but i was actually impressed. I enjoyed reading elon's story
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! bought this book for a friends birthday! says it's a must read!
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read but there is also a fair bit of hype.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good easy and interesting read that delves into the life of Elon Musk, one of 21st century's most ingenious and visionary men
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read Just started this book - and haven't been able to put it down. Well-written, insightful and interesting. A truly one-of-a-kind man Elon Musk is.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing example of what a biography should be While Elon Musk's life is definitely something to read about, Ashlee Vance's work as a biographer shines throughout the book. Not only is it amazingly well researched, it also manages to keep itself objective and to the point; it paints its subject as a human being with flaws and quirks instead of an unachievable example of entrepreneurship. I think this is a must read for anyone interested in either Elon Musk, his companies or the fields of renewable energy and space exploration.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book purchased for my husband - he said it was good, kept him reading
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good biography Very informative and well written.
Date published: 2017-02-21

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