Elon Musk

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by Ashlee Vance

New York Times and International Bestseller.

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and Amazon.

More than 2 million copies sold.

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.

Our thoughts on Elon Musk

Elon Musk, who has been hailed as one of this generation's most creative businessmen, is known for aiming for the moon—or, more specifically, Mars. He has founded a number of industry-disrupting companies. This biography, which offers fresh perspectives on Musk's life and businesses, was written by technology journalist Ashlee Vance after spending close to 50 hours interviewing Musk and speaking with about 300 of his friends and associates.

The book covers Musk's early life and businesses,  his positions with Tesla and SpaceX, followed by SolarCity. It talks  about the qualities and leadership strategies that made Musk successful throughout his entrepreneurial career. Along the road, it provides you the most recent details about Musk and his businesses as well as viewpoints from other business success and management professionals.

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The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.

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The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.

— Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk