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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (2015)
by Ashlee Vance, Elon MUSK (Associated Name)
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Although I don't like Elon Musk, I liked this book. It's an interesting look into his personal life and businesses. Well written and enjoyable.
A great biography of a great visionary of our ages. Elon inspires me a lot when it comes to the humanity's purpose to become an interplanetary species. He embraces every science fiction dream and strives to bring it into reality.
Some people do good things,some do great things .And then,there are some who do the impossible.In a world full of averages,Elon musk does manage to inspire the mere earthlings to dream beyond the boundaries ,figuratively and quite literally at the same time.
The book is well worth a read for people interested in astounding technology or who might need a dose of little inspiration to fight the adversities.
After reading some biographies of a living person I have felt that I somewhat knew that person. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future did not give me a sense that I knew Elon Musk. It did give a sense that I knew a lot about how Tesla and SpaceX developed and how Musk operated. Perhaps that was the books intention.
Some time ago I saw a video of Elon Musk and Sal Khan(of the Khan Academy) talking. Sal was interviewing Elon but it was more of a conversation. I was impressed to hear two of the smartest guys anywhere talking. I am still impressed with Musk and I still want a Tesla and Solar City panels on my roof.
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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.
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Overall it´s a good biography, although not everything written in there matches the truth. And Vance´s writing is not as polished as Isaacson´s one. ( )