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Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future Paperback – 10 Mar 2016

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (10 Mar. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753555646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753555644
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
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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)

"Ashlee Vance’s stellar biography captures Musk’s remarkable life story and irrepressible spirit" (Richard Branson)

"This is an entertaining read for anybody who wants to get into the mind of this hyperactive entrepreneur who bounces between being eccentric, obnoxious and a genius." (The Times)

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‘I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact.’ – Elon Musk

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Great read, not really a nice guy but, fascinating; driven; revolutionary; visionary, definitely.
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.

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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.
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This book gives a great overview of Elon’s childhood, his move from South Africa to Canada then U.S., early start up days with Zip2, then x.com merger with PayPal. A little bit about his personal life, then finally exploring his struggles with both SpaceX and Tesla Motors right from initial startup to present day. A fascinating read for anyone that is interested in Silicon Valley, startups, engineering, space and generally awesome geeky things.
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Read this book quicker than I usually read books, and my second book about a real person -I prefer fiction. It told me a lot about Elon Musk, especially what he has had to sacrifice in his life to get where he is now. He is a driven man and knows what he wants from his employees, even if they don't know what he wants from them. I have to say, I really admire the man, his achievements and the future he foresees for us all.
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Hard to put down and a real in depth view inside Elon Musk's world. The If you fancy a Tesla or a ride to the Moon (and back) read this first, it's un-put-downable!
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I've only recently developed an interest in Elon Musk after watching a few of his interviews. This book gives a good amount of insight into this life. Although, I would have preferred if it had more detail. Much of the content in this book can easily already be found in bits and pieces online. Nonetheless, this book is a very easy and interesting read.
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Absolutely brilliant insight into the life of a very interesting man. It details things that most other biographers would probably never consider. The only thing that let's this book down, is the ending. I'm not going to say why, for fear of spoilers ofcourse, but it's not so much the content, just rather how it was handled by the author.
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I really enjoyed this book. The author sets out as a sceptic, but finishes up very interested in Mr Musk. He does spend a few too many lines posturing about how Elon views her and talking about how they're now friends.

However all in all a very enjoyable and balanced book looking at Elon Musks past, present and future - both in a professional and personal sense. One that had me intrigued to find out more.
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This is the first book in ages that I just couldn't put down until finished. Very addictive. A fast paced and thoroughly researched book.
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