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

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Fred Sanders

13 Hours 26 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

May 2015

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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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  • Chester Jagiello

    Wow...not to often in our history does a person like Elon Musk come along. The narration was superb

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  • Eric Hanson

    A very entertaining, well written, well researched, and objective work on the most intriguing story of Elon Musk and the sub plots of SpaceX and Tesla.

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  • Jason Hofley

    Great insight into Elon Musks life and how he operates.

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  • Kevin Nyabuto

    This book really changed my life. Elon Musk is a true entrepreneur. Anybody doing anything worth doing will draw much inspiration from this book.

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  • Navjot Singh

    Elon Musk is a great entrepreneur. He really showed how one person can have a courage to change the world if you set a target or goal and focus on it. It doesn\'t matter what happens along the way. People will hate you, some will leave you, some will drag you down but you don\'t care what people say or think. You must do what you think or what you want to do.

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  • Fredric B Kimmel

    Makes me want to buy a Tesla so my great grand children may be able to go to Mars!

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  • Lenny Sobel

    a true entrepreneur, check your ego at the door this is purely about business

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  • Yehuda Bilu

    Great book. Good example of what human mind can do. Elon can be compared to our biggest and smartest inventors like Einstein Ford etc.

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  • Norma Dugger

    Excellent Would listen again if I had the time Enough words for now

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  • Roy Dequina

    Very insightful book on Elon's life journey, work and what he'll leave behind. I'm inspired to emulate some of his wisdom toward my own personal and business ventures.

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