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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (2015)

by Ashlee Vance

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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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Elon Musk is a very interesting and inspiring human. Taking brave ambitions for reducing the climate impacts, and fulfilling them from ideas to implementation, while also leading teams, designing, talking with politicians, and also go to the floor and screw - we could all learn from Elon!!!

Det är för få personer som tar smarta risker eller skapar och sprider modiga idéer - för många som är rädda att bli kritiserade eller hånade

About the book, I think it was to much different people that just were mentioned. It almost made me not complete the book! …. But 4 out of 5! ( )
  alewah | May 25, 2024 |
This was an interesting and worthwhile insight into Musk’s life. Like many of these kinds of biographies about public figures who are still alive, it fell short on details sometimes - disappointingly even historical details that set the scene more in the early years. But still worth a read if you want to know more about the man, his approach to work, and his ambitions. ( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
Very good read. Gives a little peek into the life and achievements of the true superhero of our times. Extremely inspiring personality. Like the Walter Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs, this gives a very balanced view of Musk. ( )
  Santhosh_Guru | Oct 19, 2023 |
Elon's life story is clearly described. Very depth look into the ventures of SpaceX Tesla. ( )
  shandanjay | Oct 13, 2023 |
Listed as an audio book as per Steve Stansbury's recommendation. Easy read that gave me a good background understanding of Musk. The interesting and unique details of his life made this very interesting to read.
  SDWets | Sep 6, 2023 |
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Biography & Autobiography. Science. Technology. Nonfiction. HTML:

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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