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

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Fred Sanders

13 Hours 24 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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    great book

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  • David G.

    Funny, informative, and thought provoking.

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  • Anonymous

    Fascinating read. Well narrated.

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting book indeed although a bit too long in company overviews.

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  • Richard B.

    Wow, excellent writing on an important human. I had no idea his companies came so close to bankruptcy. I didn't know Tesla is the only successful major US car company since Chrysler hit the market 70 or so years ago. the index portions are also interesting. I strongly disagree that we need to waste trillions of dollars putting humans on a dead planet with little sunlight, but I respect Musk's passion for Mars anyways.

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  • Anonymous

    Gave me a new understanding of how we must all think differently and be open to advancement in all areas of our lives.

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  • Matthew S.

    Great book

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  • Steve G

    I knew nothing more about Elon Musk other than his Tesla company and witness to the Electric charging stations in a gas station en route to Phoenix. The narrator made the experience gripping and kept my attention. I couldn’t wait until the next car errand or time at my desk to continue listening.... in the end , I view Elon Musk as THE true visionary of our time.

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  • Anonymous

    Great book and the narrator was really good as well. Highly recommend!! Dives deep into the struggles and success

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