Elon Musk Book Reviews

Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance Book Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

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.

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Book Name Elon Musk
Genre Civil Engineering
Language English
E-Book Size 23.54 MB

Elon Musk (Ashlee Vance) Book Reviews 2023

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Great read!. If you are fascinated by Elon at all, then this book is a must read.

Surprised and Amazed. I highly recommend this book. I've always wanted to know more about Elon Musk, a person who seems larger than life. I'm glad to have read this novel as I provided me with some much needed insight into the life of the inventor. This book reads very easily and the writer did a truly fantastic job immersing the reader into the world of Elon Musk.

Elan Musk. After reading this book I found hope again. It was so refreshing to read how one person is so focused on creating positive answers and not on making money. And yet he does make money. He then uses this money to create again. Go Musk!

Musk is an alien!. Great book. I idolize him a bit less now that I’ve learned more about him and how he treats people who have been loyal to him. But, I don’t think he could be any different and accomplish what he has. I need to push myself harder.

epic read. its a must read people

Great read what a great man!. Want to be inspired? Read this book from one man’s hardship… dream into reality. Hope to be like him someday.

Inspiring!. Great insight to the man... An excellent read.

Masterpiece. A well written book on a fascinating subject. I enjoyed the meticulous detail and storytelling effort Mr. Vance puts into revealing many of Elon's lofty if not seemingly insane pursuits. While someone with such amazing intelligence and ambition seems implausible, I realize this deity is human after all by the end of the book. But we can achieve greatness in spite of our imperfections. By the end of the book I believe one appreciates Elon Musk and his sacrifices so much more. A great read.

To Mars. I loved everything about this book. Elon is a rare one and I for once am thankful for everything he continues to do for humanity - To the moon and then Mars. Can’t wait!

Highly recommended. If you are someone who likes to study special individuals who elicit change on a large scale then this book is a great read. Well put together by the author, this book goes into great detail about Elon’s life and what makes him tick. I’ll be recommending this book to many people and re-reading it again myself.

To Infinity and Beyond. This was a profound read for me about a man who pulls out all stops and pursues life with the reckless abandon necessary to achieve and fulfill the highest heights of his gritty spirit, ambition, and strivings. Elon Musk has become nothing short of a hero for me. A manifestation of an American and human that is leading a paradigm shifting transformation of what it is and means to be human, what it is and means to live, and what it is and means to achieve, produce, and create. “Unprecedented” is an understatement. I look forward to experiencing what more I have to learn from him, what more I will be inspired by him, and what more I will be challenged by him. Thank you to Ashlee Vance for your perseverance, hardship, and hard work in bringing together this bio of the man of our times and a man of all times.

Elon Musk. Awesome book. Was hard to put down.

Extremely Well Done. All of my questions about Musk have been answered and the book was so well written that I literally couldn't put it down. Great job Vance!

Elon Musk. Elon Musk is an inspirational account for the ages. A brilliant man and his band of some of the worlds smartest people he seems well on his way in his mission to save this planet, vastly improve life as we know it and light new paths in space exploration and discovery. With successful aerospace, electric car and solar energy companies that set the bar in their respective fields, Musk appears unstoppable. But the real hero of this book for mr is Ashlee Vance. His skill at making techno-geek smartfests and Silicon Valley goings-on even readable for me let alone compelling was masterful. I hated putting it down and found myself reading the appendix, notes and acknowledgements in a fiendish groping for more. Bravo! Extremely well done. Encore!

Ambitious and rewarding. This book inspired me to get back in touch with my friends that own companies and to create my own company and fulfill my longtime dream of living with my husband and creating my own family.

Really enjoyed this book!. It was a great read…really enjoyed this well written and well researched book.

Well articulated. The book is fairly well laid out and good chronological flow. A good read for anyone aspiring to be a tenacious leader in adversity, while defying odds. Plain language and words made it a delightful read.

Elon is the BEST. Never really knew who he was until I was looking for a new book and reading reviews. So grateful that I purchased. We need more people like Elon in the world! We have to wake up and do amazing things. Live lives of importance instead of just being. Thanks Ashlee Vance, great work.

Elon musk. This book is very well written. The writer did a great job I really enjoyed seeing it from his perspective and he seemed to take no sides its hard to find that these days writers and journalists writing without an agenda. It felt to me the writer was just trying to make Elon musk and his life as transparent as possible by telling all sides not just two. Anyway......Elon musk has truly inspired me lol I'm a coal miner from Birmingham Alabama And I so badly want to buy a Tesla models S And probably will within the next year or two It's funny a coal miner wanting an electric car. Also I like knowing there's people trying to push our human race to do something great and to better it. Im really glad that he's making America interested in space again. Growing up it seemed everyone had just let the space and NASA fade away. Anyway it's a great read!

Extremely Inspiring!. Loved this book so much! So well written and it provided such a revealing and insightful read; Highly recommend and be prepared to be utterly inspired! Brandon

J Judd Peterson. Very interesting!

Can't put it down. My eyes are tired and I still want read. I also have a small headache. Elon Is amazing. Great writing. Okay, few more hundred pages to go.

Quick read; good book. I had read some about Elon Musk before starting this book, but it did a great job of putting the information in context. Overall it was a quick read and moved at a good pace. The only thing I found lacking was a glossary of people with a summary of their relationships to Musk to which I could refer after finishing the book.

Excellent. The world needs more Elons. An insane upside down society needs vision more than anything. Elon supplies that in spades. The book was very well written.

Stable genius. More like unstable edgelord

Great read. Was absolutely more than I expected. It was a well rounded read. Was not biased in my opinion and gave intense insight into the life and story of Musk.

Great. Great story. Great book to read.

Fascinating and complex. Amazing what Elon is willing to take on. He is passionate about his life mission - not a mission to earn more money.

The Inspiration We Need. This book is inspirational as it tells the general life story of someone who strove to achieve glory through righteous merit. It shows his undying effort pays off through even through the toughest and grimest of circumstances, ultimately leading him to become recognized as one of the most influential leaders & innovators of the twenty-first century. It portrays a far deeper understanding to Musk’s motives and thinking than what is seen on the media. Truly amazing.

I'm not worthy. Excellent, informative, inspiring, fluid, constant wowing. I don't know what to say it's well written and smooth. But what's more incredible is the life of Elon. It's worth knowing about this man. He is our modern day Franklin, Edison, Ford, and list goes on. Enjoy this read I think it's a lot fun

Compelling. I couldn't put this book down! Elton Musk is amazing and brilliantly complicated. Norman Rubin

List of facts. Great info on musk, but reads like a list of facts.

Incredible read. Great book about the life and mindset of one of the world's greatest minds. I found this book next to impossible to put down until I finished it.

Great Read. Don't skip the asterisks!. This is an inspiring read about a person who seems to have no limits on his energy and ambition. It shows the flaws of Musk, but also why many of them make him even better at what he does. I think most readers will be amazed at how much he has accomplished in a very short time on this planet. In all likelihood, there is much more to come, both on this planet and beyond!

A Great Book. I really enjoyed the book and learned a lot about Elon Musk. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a creative mind!

A great read, and a balanced view of an amazing man. I've been following Tesla and SpaceX for a few years, own two Teslas, and am a shareholder. I read everything I can find about Musk but most of it is sensationalized and shallow. This book is anything but. I came away with a much deeper understanding of why Elon is the way he is and what drives him. Only one minor criticism: the reasons behind Musk's drive to establish a human colony on Mars are only lightly touched on. Maybe I missed it, but I think a deeper explanation is required, explaining in more depth why Musk's concerns about human terrestrial extinction from climate change or asteroid impact. Just another couple of paragraphs. Otherwise readers can dismiss Musk's goal as being without sufficient foundation.

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Fascinating. A must read book! I savoured every chapter. Interesting to know how Elon grew up & how he functions,how he sees the world & plans to make it more efficient.

Elon Musk. Great read into a brilliant, determined man who should inspire anyone with a can't lose attitude. The author dives into the thinking and behavior of a demanding personality who may be looked back upon as one of the pioneers of the modern era we live in of electric cars, solar power and space travel to Mars.

Elon Musk. Very well written book. I enjoyed reading about Elon life and accomplished in his companies.

Great read hard to put down. this book was a great read very hard to put down. the reason he is so wealthy and so many other ceo is because he is working so hard keep up the good work elon your companys are going to change the world.

Great read. Great insight into the life of one of the greatest modern industrialists.

Good book. The first chapter frustrated me because it took cheap shots at Elon, I kept thinking the writter was an idiot because he’s insulting the main audience for this book. Once I got passed the writters sarcastic opinions the book was difficult to put down.

Mr.. Great book! Lots of encouragement!

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The Elon Musk book written by Ashlee Vance was published on 19 May 2015, Tuesday in the Civil Engineering category. A total of 1,103 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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