Elon Musk - Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk

By Ashlee Vance

  • Release Date: 2015-05-19
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 838 Ratings


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.


  • Great read

    By SarahS50266
    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.
  • To Infinity and Beyond

    By quantum_sapien
    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.
  • Well articulated

    By A.Usman
    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 Musk

    By DJacobsen22
    Awesome book. Was hard to put down.
  • Highly recommended

    By Team Gorman
    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.
  • Great read!

    By KyleNaka
    If you are fascinated by Elon at all, then this book is a must read.
  • Extremely Inspiring!

    By BosticB
    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
  • Elon musk

    By Friends Of Coal
    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!
  • The Inspiration We Need

    By Voschal
    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.
  • Great

    By Smsm vip
    Great story. Great book to read.