Elon Musk
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, Elon Musk—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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  • Will Byrnes
    Sep 28, 2016

    Will Byrnes

    Elon Musk is not exactly a name that rolls easily off the tongue, like say Tony Stark, the fictional person to whom he is most often compared, or even Steve Jobs, a real-world visionary, whose mantle Musk now wears. There is no question that Musk is a special individual, someone with B...

  • Amar Pai
    Sep 15, 2016

    Amar Pai

    Really enjoying this book, but I'm struck by how Musk, like Jobs and Bezos, is a total asshole. A Space-X employee missed a work event to witness his child's birth, and Musk calls him on the carpet for it. He expects his employees to have no life and discards people as soon as they're ...

  • Vinit Nayak
    Aug 31, 2016

    Vinit Nayak

    Amazing, I'd want him to raise my children. We'll written, in the beginning it does seem to put him in the spotlight a bit too much but Vance makes sure to cover the pros and cons (with still more pros). The most interesting parts were seeing the history of SpaceX and Tesla and what th...

  • Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
    Jul 18, 2016

    Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}

    Yes I am still crushing on Elon Musk. I'm counting on him to deliver on his promise of building a city on Mars. The time has come for us to destroy yet another planet. ...

  • Maddie ♥  ┼
    Jul 18, 2016

    Maddie ♥ ┼

    https://bookmonstersblog.com/&https://coyoteuglyswaggerbookblog.wor...Elon Reeve Musk!Best Motivational Video - Be Phenomenal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzhzk...Before becoming THE Professional Magnate!Born on the 28th of June 1971Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. Business magn...

  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    Jun 30, 2016

    Lubinka Dimitrova

    This is an incredibly inspiring book, a important look into a game-changing worldview, and a valuable lesson to the world. As Musk says, "If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it."Strangely enough, I've followed Space X' and Tesla's pro...

  • Христо Блажев
    Jun 23, 2016

    Христо Блажев

    Илън Мъск мечтае от името на човечеството: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/e...”Илън Мъск: PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX и походът ?...

  • Zivile
    Jun 16, 2016


    Elon Musk - I didn't know much about him before the book and I simply called him Tesla guy. But man, this man should be known better and for better - to every human being!First of all, this is the best biography I've ever read (sorry, Byron and Napoleon!), and since I read the book, I ...

  • Lyubov
    Jun 14, 2016


    Предупреждавам, че това ревю ще бъде лично и доста дълго, за което не се извинявам. П...

  • TS Chan
    Jun 8, 2016

    TS Chan

    **Update** Upgraded to 5-stars. I realised that listening to this biography re-stoked my love for non-fiction and thirst for more knowledge. Space. Renewable Energy. Internet. This is a man after my own heart. Out of all the super entrepreneurs and technological legends of the modern e...