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Elon Musk: Tesla, Spacex, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Paperback – Illustrated, 24 January 2017

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 006230125X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062301253
  • Customer reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 6,960 ratings

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"[A] spirited and riveting biography."--Wall Street Journal

"[T]his work will likely serve as the definitive account of a man whom so far we've seen mostly through caricature. By the final pages, too, any reader will sense the need to put comparisons to Steve Jobs aside. Give Musk credit. There is no one like him."--New York Times Book Review

"Fascinating and superbly researched..."--The Guardian UK

"Mr. Vance tells the stories of both SpaceX and Tesla with intricacy and insight. . . . What does come through is a sense of legitimate wonder at what humans can accomplish when they aim high, and aim weird.--Dwight Garner, New York Times

"The SpaceX and Tesla founder certainly sees setbacks as an unavoidable part of innovation. But a brilliant new biography paints a picture of him as an obsessive, intolerant perfectionist."--Financial Times

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Veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance offers an unprecedented look into the remarkable life of the most daring entrepreneur of our time. Elon Musk paints a portrait of a complex man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation--from PayPal to Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity--overcoming hardship, earning billions, and making plenty of enemies along the way.

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S. Alex Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly thorough insight into Elon Musk's life and companies
9 June 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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Gina Lynch, Tomorrows Tech Podcast
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't ask for permission to do something great.
21 September 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't ask for permission to do something great.
Reviewed in the United States on 21 September 2015
One of the most inspiring books I have ever read. A few life changing points for me:

1) First intro chapter shows how relentless the author was. Great lesson there. He didn't ask for permission, he just went out and wrote it. Said he was going to write it with or without him on board. Which ultimately won Elon's respect since that's how he operates too.

2) Elon and his brother Kimbal coming over at 18 years old from south Africa. Their tactic about picking up the newspaper and cold calling the most interesting people to take to lunch is awesome. I challenge myself to do this now and I think its a great strategy to get out of your comfort zone. I gather he had the idea for pay pal with that tactic - it landed him the bank internship where he discovered the inefficiencies of banking world.

3) Elon has no "fear" button. Inhuman ability to withstand massive risks, pressure, and family drama all at once.

4) I bought 20 books. That's how much I loved it. Would call up and take a "mad scientist" or business investor or tesla owner For coffee/lunch/networking and tell them about how great this book is and see what crazy ideas they had brewing as well. Started connecting them together and meeting all kinds of moonshot thinkers. Great Networking Icebreaker.

5) Requested a tesla charging station be installed at my place of work because well...we need to encourage more telsas around here and If Elon stops by we will be ready.

6) Googled Justine found her Ted talk she did about him And enjoyed Elons commencement speech too.

7) Started an interest in this whole solar idea, Bought a solar cell phone charger that will be a gateway into way Into it and go from there. Tours of people that have solar homes in the area.

8) Most ambitious dude ever with this whole Mars thing.

9) After you read this book you will never again complain about being busy.

10) I didn't realize Larry Page and Elon were so close. Hope he is wrong about the AI thing though, but also triggered me to buy the book "the singularity is near"

I love the impact of the cover and I write a favorite quote in and give as a gift of inspiration to innovators in the area.
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157 people found this helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A deep look into a fascinating man.
28 January 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read. Well written and objective
20 November 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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Scott Hallowood
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivational
13 March 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motivational
Reviewed in the United States on 13 March 2016
This book has made me one highly motivated aerospace engineering student and given me some great insight into what it would be like should I ever get hired at SpaceX.
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