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

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South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Ro

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Published May 19th 2015 by HarperAudio (first published March 3rd 2015)
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Marcha Fox There is now a version out for kids that probably eliminates the f-bombs. It's by the same author, Ashlee Vance, so should be just as good, maybe even…moreThere is now a version out for kids that probably eliminates the f-bombs. It's by the same author, Ashlee Vance, so should be just as good, maybe even better, since I think it has more pictures in it.(less)
Patrick Bryan Yes. It may push his vocabulary and knowledge base (that is why you read right?) a bit but it is certainly written for young readers in mind.
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Will Byrnes
Elon Musk is not exactly a name that rolls easily off the tongue, like say Tony Stark, the fictional person to whom he is most often compared, or even Steve Jobs, a real-world visionary, whose mantle Musk now wears. There is no question that Musk is a special individual, someone with BIG dreams and the drive, talent, and money to make them happen. But, like Jobs, and Stark for that matter, he might be an acquired taste on a personal level. In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantast ...more
Ana
Yes I am still crushing on Elon Musk. I'm counting on him to deliver on his promise of building a city on Mars. The time has come for us to destroy yet another planet.

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Mark Bao
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and inspiring. This book brought up one key question: do you have to be a bit reckless to be good? Musk was reckless in two areas: in the risks he took, and the way that he manages his companies.

As for the first, the number of near-death experiences that Tesla, SpaceX and earlier companies went through is almost a running joke throughout this story. The Falcon 1 failed three times, exhausting the company's funds, before achieving a successful fourth flight. Tesla avoided bankruptcy by
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Louise
May 18, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I like the can-do attitude Vance took with hounding Musk and wearing him down till he agreed to cooperate with this biography. I also appreciated all the "Holy crap, Musk is CRAZY. CRAZY like a fox," moments I had while reading this. The only thing that keeps this from being a 4-star book is that the reporting and writing leans too heavily on idolatry. There were passages where I literally cringed at how much of a fanboy Vance sounded like.
TS Chan
Space. Renewable Energy. Internet.

This is a man after my own heart. Out of all the super entrepreneurs and technological legends of the modern era, Musk ticks all the boxes on my dreams and passions, particularly space. Space has always been the frontier that intrigues me the most; for a single man to dream of colonising Mars and actually doing all he can to make that a reality is just simply astounding.

And then of course, there is Tesla. Aside from the clean energy technology which I am a hug
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Tom LA
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me offer this thought: SpaceX is the coolest and most exciting company in the world at this moment in time.

Yes, Tesla is also extremely cool. And inspiring. But nothing can beat that feeling of power, wonder and deep inspiration that SpaceX will give you as soon as you start to understand what that company is actually doing.

As Vance says, "SpaceX IS Elon Musk".

So who is this man? How is it humanly possible to achieve what he has achieved? What else can he achieve in the future? Will he bec
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Lyubov
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Предупреждавам, че това ревю ще бъде лично и доста дълго, за което не се извинявам. Просто информирам. За да разберете всепоглъщащата ми възхита към личността на Илън Мъск се налага да вкарам поне малко контекст преди да пристъпя към анализ на безспорните достойнства на книгата. Когато бях малка не мечтаех да бъда принцеса, балерина, певица или някаква друга подобна Дисни лигавщина. Исках да правя компютърни игри. И хич не ме интересуваше колко сложно реално е това. На по-късен етап пътищата ми ...more
Bradley
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are few people outside of the fiction world that I truly admire, but barring some unseen or future tragedy, I think Musk might well be on the way to becoming my hero.

If I didn't know any better, I might be looking at all his stated claims and seeing all the echoes of Asimov and Heinlein being dragged out of the page and brought to life.

Skip the whole Iron Man image for a second.

Let's talk about Ayn Rand.

Musk is John Galt. As in Atlas Shrugged.

Sure, he's also Dagney, too, or perhaps more l
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Наталия Янева
Илон Мъск е хомункулус. Извънземните му (буквално) идеи те карат да си мислиш, че си попаднал в някоя футуристична алтернативна вселена и просто бъдещето е СЕГА. Като гигантски скок във времето. Сякаш летиш на нещо със space warp двигател.

Винаги съм се питала какво отличава успешните идеи от по-малко успешните. Във всяка област – изкуство, кино, литература… ракети, електрически коли. Добре, признавам, че за последните не съм се замисляла особено, но чуденето ми е било принципно. Как става така,
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Barbara
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.5 stars

Billionaire Elon Musk is a businessman, engineer, and inventor with a radical vision for the future of mankind. In fact Musk wants nothing less than to establish a human colony on Mars.....with a view toward exploring Jupiter's moon Europa someday.

Musk fears there will be another mass extinction event - like the asteroid that destroyed 75% of Earth's species at the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary 65 million years ago - and he wants people to have somewhere to go. I agree with Musk that
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Trish
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“It’s nuts that people would want to vilify Elon. He might say some things that rub people the wrong way, but at some point, the being nice to everyone thing doesn’t work.“

Elon Musk is fascinating. I could simply tick off some biographical points such as him having been married twice and having five children with his first wife (a set of twins and a set of triplets), but that is not why I read biographies and, in fact, why I dislike most of them. Either the people the biographies are about are
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Lubinka Dimitrova
This is an incredibly inspiring book, a important look into a game-changing worldview, and a valuable lesson to the world. As Musk says, "If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it."

Strangely enough, I've followed Space X' and Tesla's progress for a very long time, but I never actually read many things about the person behind them. I still cannot believe what a visionary Elon Musk is, and how persistent he's about anything he does. He is a mad scie
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Cassie
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m super interested in Elon Musk and this book provided me insight into the way he thinks, what drives him, how he gets things done, etc.

Some small criticisms--

There were times I noticed information that was being repeated, which made it feel like Vance may have written each chapter separately or without certainty of what order the chapters would be included in the book. Also, while I liked the conversational tone of the writing, it was not what I’m used to from biographies.

A larger criticism—
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Sharon
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
Ironically, one of the quotes that made the biggest impression on me in Elon Musk: Inventing the Future didn't come from Musk, but from data scientist Jeffrey Hammerbacher: "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads."

I mean, da-amn. This is so true. (And it stung even more because I'm a marketer.) Where have we gone wrong as a generation? Where is the passion and quest for knowledge? What is the real purpose of innovation? To improve mankind or to become wea
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Arun Divakar
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Google’s Larry Page says that ’Good ideas are always crazy until they are not’ and this is a statement of truth. If before 2007, someone were audacious enough to tell you that a mobile phone made in the US will turn the industry on its head then you would have called that a crazy notion. If prior to 1998, someone would have said that a website will come along and would grow beyond its role as a search engine into a part of life itself that would have been called crazy too. Every other thing from ...more
Snezan Cebic
I wish I could rate this book 2.5 stars. It's a great long read Atlantic or Wired piece about a visionary person with an interesting childhood that is at the forefront of a technology shift and an unsuccessful emotional biography. There are a ton of details about Elon's upbringing, especially about his father and brother, who always felt like a mystery to me. I got a good understanding of how Elon's early mentor, a Canadian banking executive, gave him some insights towards starting X.com, a serv ...more
Marla Munkh-achit
I usually don’t write reviews for books but this time I had to. Elon Musk is arguably one of the best innovators in the Silicon Valley if not the world. Before reading this book, I just thought of him as a rich start-up dude who makes rocket ships and electric cars. I wasn’t wrong about that but this book helped me see all behind the curtains and the struggles he had to overcome to get where he is. When you look at today’s Tesla, you wouldn’t know they were nearly bankrupt in 2008 if it wasn’t f ...more
Silvana
A very insightful account on a man who wants to reach the stars (well, Mars) and save humanity from extinction and global warming, yet often falls short from showing a modicum of kindness toward his employees and prone to going ballistic over typos in emails and abbreviations. Oh, did I mention he is downright mysoginistic as well? He basically said all smart women must breed and he's the alpha in his marriage.

The book provides succinct insights on the situation surrounding the industries the m
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Vladimir Ćeha
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
U poslednje vreme, ime Ilona Maska postalo je sveprisutno u vestima. Ilon je čovek koji stoji iza trenutno najuzbudljivijih projekata na svetu. Spomenuću najvažnije: SpaceX, privatna aeronautička kompanija koja šalje rakete u svemir, znatno povoljnije i efikasnije od svojih takmaca, Tesla automobili na električni pogon i Solarsiti, kompanija koja proizvodi električne panele. I kao da sve to nije dovoljno, Ilon Mask često govori o slanju rakete na Mars i o njegovom kolonizovanju! Na kraju krajeva ...more
Nguyen Linh Chi
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, the idea of reading 380-page autobiography about a technology-savvy made me downhearted. However, eventually I extremely relish this book that I cannot put it down.

Takeaways:
1. There is nothing wrong about being an introvert and enjoying reading books. You will find a lot of inspirations for your career. Don't give up your childhood dream.

2. Working hard is the only way that lead to success. I vividly remember that he has to take about 170 flights a year. Thanks for his hard work, he c
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Cyndi
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok. First of all I'm not a huge fan of biographies, autobiographies yes, but not biographies. They usually feel bias. Such as this one did.
I'm sure that Musk is eccentric but he often comes across as nuts. Since he has done so much to help mankind, I'd rather not see him as nuts.
I'm sure that the writer does a great job as a reporter, but I'm not keen on an article in novel form. That's what this felt like, a really long magazine article. And don't even get me started on the audio. Avoid it
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Umut Rados
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whether you follow him or his companies/works, Elon Musk is an important innovator of our times, and I would suggest everyone to read this book to get inspired or experience another world.
I really admire how Vance captured his biography, which is not an easy thing to do. If you read a little bit, you'll understand Musk is not the most easy going person in the world. The author opens the book in a very intriguing way starting from why Musk allowed him to write his biography, which starts to shed
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Louise
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, biography
Ashlee Vance covers the multiple aspects of Elon Musk’s life and work. Since Musk’s work consumes the better part of his life, most of the text is on his business projects, each of which is a breakthrough for its time.

His South African childhood was marked by bullies at school, hints of abuse at home and violence over apartheid in his area. His mother has an interesting background; there not much about his father. Although his grim childhood is referred to as influential in his character, the se
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Mario Tomic
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book, if you liked the biography of Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos this book is a must-read! I found it very inspiring and motivational, Elon Musk has the potential to change the world we live in forever. His vision and commitment to make the world a better place through is mind-blowing. Reading this book really helped me push myself past limits and work even harder. It's not hard when your know there's someone like Elon putting everything he's got into his big vision, working 16 hours a day f ...more
Atila Iamarino
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que o autor do livro começou de um ponto relativamente cético e terminou defendendo o Elon Musk contra quase tudo fala muito sobre a figura que ele representa. Um livro que saiu em um ótimo momento, quando a Tesla Motors deu a volta por cima e os lançamentos da SpaceX passaram a dar certo. Ótimo pra entender como o Musk é parecido ou diferente do Jobs. É uma excelente aula de futurologia e a diferença que faz alguém ser dirigido por motivações grandes e de longo prazo, em termos de como ele age ...more
Indrani Sen
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, usa
A very well written biography about a man more spectacular than most known superheroes. Be it in intelligence, leadership, interesting backstory, character flaws, Grecian tragedy - it's all there. A man who will stop at nothing to achieve what he envisions. There have been adversaries and critics galore, but the Musk miracles march on.

A very inspiring, enlightening and entertaining read. Very highly recommend.
Gorab Jain
4+
For something which isn't that difficult, there's this phrase : "It's not rocket science."
Well.... looks like its going to change. Because with SpaceX, rocket science is not going to be rocket science anymore!

The ratings are for the biography and not for the man himself. Because any number of stars couldn't do justice to the epic proportions Musk has already reached and aspires to. This is the most fantastic character I have ever read about... including fiction! Impossible to believe its non-f
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Petr
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book in one go as soon as it was released. It's a biography of my hero, the real-life Iron Man, after all. PayPal, Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity and all his other endeavors are covered in this book in an engaging way. I highly recommend this book.
Giovanni Romano
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only book earned my bathroom counter position, incredibly inspiring, a important look into a game-changing business strategy, and a valuable lesson to the world. Having met him in person, his family also brought many influence.
Ângela
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“He points out that one of the really tough things is figuring out what questions to ask,” Musk said. “Once you figure out the question, then the answer is relatively easy. I came to the conclusion that really we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask.” The teenage Musk then arrived at his ultralogical mission statement. “The only thing that makes sense to do is strive for greater collective enlightenment,”

I usual
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Ashlee Vance is an award winning feature writer for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Vance is also the host of the "Hello World" TV show. Previously, he worked for The New York Times and The Register.

Vance was born in South Africa, grew up in Texas and attended Pomona College. He has spent more than a decade covering the technology industry from San Francisco and is a noted Silicon Valley historia
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