Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for A Fantastic Future

eBook - 2015
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"There are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk's relentless drive and ingenious vision. A modern alloy of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs, Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity, each of which has sent shock waves throughout American business and industry. More than any other executive today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as a science fiction fantasy. In this lively, investigative account, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance offers an unprecedented look into the remarkable life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious businessman. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family, and his friends, the book traces his journey from his difficult upbringing in South Africa to his ascent to the pinnacle of the global business world"-- publisher description.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780062301260
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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degianni
Sep 18, 2018

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SeattleSaul
Jul 21, 2018

Vance writes a very thorough story about Elon Musk, starting in childhood and progressing through his early adulthood about his ambitions, near failures, fabulous successes, and future hopes today. If this were a novel, I’d say it couldn’t be real, but it is. Vance obtained information previously unavailable to the public by meetings with Musk (even though obtaining contact with him was very difficult); however, she does not white-wash his flaws. We learn that Musk is obsessed by his drive to make a better future for humanity but also very hard even on loyal people. He sees transportation, space travel and electrical power as answers to a better world and perhaps the saviors of humanity.
The event-driven-writing style is very professional as though documenting the life of a long-past era (even with some four-letter words, perhaps to match Musk’s style of speech) is excellent. If you are a “futurist,” interested in applied science, attaining “impossible” goals, or just wondering what your next car might be like, I highly recommend it.

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rubyal32
Oct 30, 2017

Do yourself and read immediately if you have any interest in technology, space travel, or the future of humankind in general. A fascinating deep dive into one of the most complex minds alive today. This isn't just a book that talks about how great he is, but instead jumps into the good and the bad, and how they both come together to create the man that accomplishes great feat after great feat.

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mattstrelau
Oct 21, 2017

Great bibliography about a fascinating man. I highly suggest this to anyone interested in business, technology, and the hope for mankind. Musk is a unique man that will do anything for the good of humans. This book is well-written and interesting.

VaughanPLDavidB Aug 25, 2017

If you want to gain some understanding of what makes Elon Musk tick, this is the book for you. He is driven by the need to make the world a better, cleaner place. With Tesla Motors, he is on the verge of giving the world a viable, mass-produced electric car, and with Solar City, an inexpensive and effective way for individuals to harness the power of the sun for their energy needs. Yet he doesn't stop there. His backup is Space-X, the purpose of which is developing a way to make humans extra-terrestrial if we can't make the planet livable. Musk has been compared to Steve Jobs, but in terms of his vision for humanity, Musk leaves Jobs far behind.

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TorrinLynn
Jul 10, 2017

Interesting read about a very driven individual.

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mloschiavo15
Mar 09, 2017

An interesting quick read. I definitely learned a lot about his accomplishments and the industries he was in. However at times it felt like the author was trying to 'win' the reader or convince us at how great Elon is rather than be unbiased.

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daysleeper236
Feb 17, 2017

A fascinating read about a fascinating man.

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gerdie
Nov 02, 2016

These comments alone made me read this book. Also, I am attempting to work for Tesla so there's that as well. I just have to finish a book about Nat Turner and this book will then become my life. Finishing books is not a high point for me but it will be as I am discovering a very limited vocabulary over the years. Regrets on top of regrets, of course. A book about Elon Musk should keep maintain my attention. I miss Reading Rainbow. Get the book!!

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kevinw55
Oct 17, 2016

Probably one of the best books i've read. 5 stars thumbs up!

The book is filled with heart racing, mind boggling facts and story about Elon Musk's history, present and future. This book is like a roller coaster ride and an absolutely inspiration for many people!

Definitely a must read!

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TorrinLynn
Jul 10, 2017

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rbran
Nov 07, 2015

Great book, everyone with any interest in the future of the earth should read this. Excellent information on how to reshape our view of the industrial world and the use of science to give new hope to the future of society!

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