Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk

By Ashlee Vance

  • Release Date: 2015-05-21
  • Genre: Business
Score: 4.5
From 82 Ratings
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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 Robert Downey Junior.

The personal tale of Musk’s life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story. He was a freakishly bright kid who was bullied brutally at school, and abused by his father. In the midst of these rough conditions, and the violence of apartheid South Africa, Musk still thrived academically and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he paid his own way through school by turning his house into a club and throwing massive parties.

He started a pair of huge dot-com successes, including PayPal, which eBay acquired for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk was forced out as CEO and so began his lost years in which he decided to go it alone and baffled friends by investing his fortune in rockets and electric cars. Meanwhile Musk’s marriage disintegrated as his technological obsessions took over his life ...

Elon Musk is the Steve Jobs of the present and the future, and for the past twelve months, he has been shadowed by tech reporter, Ashlee Vance. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping our Future is an important, exciting and intelligent account of the real-life Iron Man.


  • Elon Musk

    By Charmingz
    Fascinating book about a 21st century legend - the book captures your interest to the very last page and you don't miss a note (double entendre meant). Elon's life is a complex original symphony
  • Excellent Read

    By FinnViking11
    If you are a Musk fan or only just heard of him, either way this is an informative and entertaining account of his journey to make a difference.
  • Marcus

    By MarcusNic
    Great Read It was interesting too read about someone who is not playing by the rule book & achieving great things by turning old industries on their head. Elon Musk is a person who will always divide people but we need people like him make a difference in this world. Thank you to the author for bring this story to us.
  • Great read

    By Gringo Starrs
    Downloaded this when it first came out. Didn't know much about Elon prior to reading about him but this is an incredible read. Recommend it to everyone
  • Elon Musk

    By Tobiliu
    What a fascinating book. I would recommend that everyone read this eloquent account of an amazing man. What an inspiration!