Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for A Fantastic Future

Book - 2015
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Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, 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 is an 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062301239
Characteristics: 392 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illlustrations (chiefly color) ;,24 cm


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Dec 11, 2019

In a world of postmodern deconstruction, it’s reassuring to know that a few people are building something other than outrage.

Criticize Elon Musk as much as you want. He’s a visionary. The book does a great job of outlining how he’s done the impossible, like pioneering internet banking, then building a solar panel company, an e-car company, and a rocket company from the ground up, while surviving a worldwide financial crash. Musk does it better, sexier and cheaper then anyone else.

The only drawback was the clunky prose of author Ashlee Vance. At times he sounds more like a Valley girl with a high school blog than a serious writer. He continually drew attention away from the subject matter with cringeworthy lines like “the knife-stabby part of San Francisco...” or “a cutesy thing with the doorhandles.“

Vance needs a good editor.

Mar 27, 2019

This is probably the most accurate depiction of Elon Musk's life as you'll get. The book will go through Elon's timeline from when he was working at PayPal, to starting up SpaceX and Tesla.

Mar 25, 2019

This book starts off with talking about Elon Musk’s upbringing in South Africa and how he came from a family of odd induvisuals.In his early Elon was fascinated with books and read all the time. He was seen as nerdy and weak by children his age.Elon was always wanting to learn new stuff about the world. Later on he went to America and attended University where he excelled. Upon graduating he had a few startup companies and work from day to night. Elon was determined to be successful. His hard work paid off and sold PayPal for millions. With that money he opened Tesla and SpaceX which seen many failures from the beginning. SpaceX had many failed rocket attempts and Tesla couldn’t get a functioning car. These issues got worse in 2008 during the financial crisis which lead Elon to a mental break down. This is because he was pouring his personal money in his companies which were constantly seeing failures all while during a financial crisis. But somehow Elon got through the toughest time in his life and his companies got through it too somehow. Now Elon is seen as a real life Iron Man and has aspirations of going into mars and building a place where humans can live.

Jan 18, 2019

I would suggest researching Elon Musk through his associated releases and online articles. This book takes a personal view of a man who operates on a very factual basis, an approach that is likely to leave one a stranger to the reality in which Elon Musk operates.

Sep 18, 2018


Jul 21, 2018

Vance writes a very thorough story about Elon Musk, starting in childhood and progressing through his early adulthood about his ambitions, near failures, fabulous successes, and future hopes today. If this were a novel, I’d say it couldn’t be real, but it is. Vance obtained information previously unavailable to the public by meetings with Musk (even though obtaining contact with him was very difficult); however, she does not white-wash his flaws. We learn that Musk is obsessed by his drive to make a better future for humanity but also very hard even on loyal people. He sees transportation, space travel and electrical power as answers to a better world and perhaps the saviors of humanity.
The event-driven-writing style is very professional as though documenting the life of a long-past era (even with some four-letter words, perhaps to match Musk’s style of speech) is excellent. If you are a “futurist,” interested in applied science, attaining “impossible” goals, or just wondering what your next car might be like, I highly recommend it.

Oct 21, 2017

Great bibliography about a fascinating man. I highly suggest this to anyone interested in business, technology, and the hope for mankind. Musk is a unique man that will do anything for the good of humans. This book is well-written and interesting.

VaughanPLDavidB Aug 25, 2017

If you want to gain some understanding of what makes Elon Musk tick, this is the book for you. He is driven by the need to make the world a better, cleaner place. With Tesla Motors, he is on the verge of giving the world a viable, mass-produced electric car, and with Solar City, an inexpensive and effective way for individuals to harness the power of the sun for their energy needs. Yet he doesn't stop there. His backup is Space-X, the purpose of which is developing a way to make humans extra-terrestrial if we can't make the planet livable. Musk has been compared to Steve Jobs, but in terms of his vision for humanity, Musk leaves Jobs far behind.

Jul 10, 2017

Interesting read about a very driven individual.

Mar 09, 2017

An interesting quick read. I definitely learned a lot about his accomplishments and the industries he was in. However at times it felt like the author was trying to 'win' the reader or convince us at how great Elon is rather than be unbiased.

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Nov 07, 2015

Great book, everyone with any interest in the future of the earth should read this. Excellent information on how to reshape our view of the industrial world and the use of science to give new hope to the future of society!


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