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Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future Hardcover – 21 May 2015
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"For anyone interested in technology, entrepreneurship or the price of greatness, Ashlee Vance's new book is a tremendous look into arguably the world's most important entrepreneur. Vance paints an unforgettable picture of Musk's unique personality, insatiable drive and ability to thrive through hardship. The book bursts with telling anecdotes and quotes that illuminate who Musk is" (The Washington Post)
"Exhaustively reported . . . this work will likely serve as the definitive account of a man whom so far we've seen mostly through caricature. By the final pages, too, any reader will sense the need to put comparisons to Steve Jobs aside. Give Musk credit. There is no one like him" (New York Times)
"A book that is smart, light on its feet and possesses a crunchy thoroughness. . . . Mr Vance delivers a well-calibrated portrait of Mr Musk, so that we comprehend both his friends and his enemies. It's a book with many ancillary pleasures. Mr Vance brings us up to date on the states of green energy and space launches. He also veers away from his subject just often enough, offering profiles of the frequently brilliant people who work alongside Mr Musk. The best thing Mr Vance does in this book, though, is tell Mr Musk's story simply and well" (The New York Times)
‘I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact.’ – Elon MuskSee all Product description
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His unusual upbringing gives some insight into his incredible capacity for risk taking.
This book is well written and gives a good picture of Elon and his amazing life. I can recommend it unreservedly.
Interesting information on his early family life, how he made his first fortune and used it as a springboard for his incredibly bold plans to help humanity.
Someone who wants to change the world for the better, but is hyper-competitive and hyper-logical.
The stories behind Spacex and Tesla are also engrossing and thrilling.
The information on his personal life revealing.
But then no one is perfect. This book is brilliant at going through his life up to a few years ago, warts and all. It's not a sycophantic false look and holding him on a pedestal. More it explains who he is, for the good and bad.
A very very strong recommendation.
Prior to reading the book, I thought that my knowledge of Musk was pretty good. However, I still found there was a new surprise on every page.Vance has done well to capture a story of the billionaire's background, from bullied schoolboy to minimum wage worker, right through to him becoming one of the most pioneering minds of a generation.
It is an honest and fair portrayal of both his family and business life, a pleasure to read and delves just enough into the areas of interest in the subject's life.
Anyone looking for some inspiration should definitely buy this book!
Insight in to not only a gifted brain but the ability of Musk to see the advantage of bringing together the greatest brains and putting every penny of his fortune to the betterment of mankind through science and simple logic if you have the foresight of brilliance.
Elon if ever proof was needed this book is proof that he is a gift to Humanity. May his God Bless him.☺
There were moments when I wouldn’t shove a page or a quote in front of the closest person and get them to read it to highlight the genius that is Elon Musk.
The book was published a few years ago, so don’t expect the most recent falcon heavy launch to appear in there!!
Now listen Elon, great toys......BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO CONCETRATE on your manufacturing and delivery (Tesla). You'll never change the World if most of this stuff is just a figment of your amazing imagination ;)
Musk seems brilliant, but I wouldn't want to work for him - I would be permanently afraid that he sack me on a whim if I said something he didn't like. The book made me want to buy a Tesla Model S, as it sounds like a great car. Musk has done fantastically well with PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla and SolarCity. He's like a modern Howard Hughes.
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