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

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ISBN-13: 9780062301253
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 20,604
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ashlee Vance is one of the most prominent writers on technology today. After spending several years reporting on Silicon Valley and technology for the New York Times, Vance went to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, where he has written dozens of cover and feature stories for the magazine on topics ranging from cyber espionage to DNA sequencing and space exploration.

Table of Contents

1 Elon's World 1

2 Africa 23

3 Canada 45

4 Elon's First Start-Up 57

5 Paypal Mafia Boss 75

6 Mice In Space 97

7 All Electric 145

8 Pain, Suffering, and Survival 181

9 Liftoff 213

10 The Revenge of the Electric Car 263

11 The Unified Field Theory of Elon Musk 317

Epilogue 361

Appendix 1 375

Appendix 2 381

Appendix 3 387

Acknowledgments 393

Notes 397

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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easily read and engrossing book about a one-of-a-kind brilliant person. We own a Model Suitable and love it Now I understand how very special it is
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Musk seems to be a fascinating individual, but this biography left me wanting more, not really understanding the entrepreneur's motivations and fears. Well researched, but could have used better editing.
Yzabel More than 1 year ago
[NOTE: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.] An interesting read for me, considering I never went in depth into what Musk has accomplished (to be fair, I came to this book because I find Tesla cars sexy and thought ‘well, why not read this, at least I’ll know more about the man’). I’m kind of sitting on the fence about this book. I liked learning about how Musk’s companies came to be, the problems encountered along the way, how things were at times one inch from just failing, but worked out in the end, out of both luck and determination. In a way, it’s a positive ‘lesson’: that sometimes things fail, but it shouldn’t prevent you from fighting for them and taking risks, because they just may succeed as well. I also appreciated that the author interviewed other people, employees, ex-employees, friends, ex-partners, etc., and that he made them part of the whole: people without whom Tesla Motors or SpaceX wOuld’ve never been able to take off, engineers and mechanics and designers whose role was absolutely not negligible. Since a large part of the book was focused on these companies, acknowledging more than just one actor was a good thing to do. I would’ve d liked it to go more in depth about how exactly things worked out, when it comes to the science/engineering part. Elon Musk seems like he knows his stuff, too, and has learnt over the years what he didn’t know and made him shoot for impossible deadlines at first (now I guess they’re just improbable, hah), and… I don’t know, I expected something more detailed in that regard. Maybe less of the business aspect, and more about the engineering the way Elon Musk himself goes about it? Also, for a biography, I think it didn’t go to the bottom of things either when it comes to the man, and lacks a certain detachment. Musk doesn’t come off as a very empathetic person, to say the least, and while objectively I understand his drive, humanely the way he treats his employees is, well, not great at all. So I would’ve been interested in seeing more reflecting about this: coming from him, but also coming from the biographer. There -is- something wrong in the way all these visionary projects have come to be, and it was pretty much glossed over. (In short, was the harshness really needed, does innovation has to come to such a price, and would things have tanked with just a bit more empathy?) This was instructive, and I kind of liked it, so 3 stars… But while I know more about Tesla Motors, SolarCity and SpaceX, I don’t feel like I know -that- much more about Musk himself now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A compelling story of an amazing man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vance takes us intimately into the world of Musk and provides a solid portrait of the family history, business acumen and Musks achievement of lofty goals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feels like reading one of Ayn Rands characters in The Fountainhead - a pioneer, a first hand thinker. Someone who gets things done - despite the world's doubts.
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What the hell is an Elon Musk?!