Elon Musk

Elon Musk

Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

eBook - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:

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.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Very informative and an engaging read.

I am currently reading this book and I highly recommend it. Although he is most widely known for his electric cars and strange tweets, his life is fascinating. The story about SpaceX reads more like a science fiction novel where a small group of very smart engineers cobbles together a rocket ship from scratch.

Sep 24, 2020

Elon Musk is the founder of many successful businesses, such as Paypal or SpaceX. This book provides a detailed description of all the risks he had taken, the money he had lost, and what an exciting life Elon Musk lives. Of course, he worked extremely hard, as the book detailed, 100 hours a week. This book highlights Elon Musk's ingenuity.
Follow me on aclibrary.org if you like my book reviews :D The five seconds it takes to follow me will make me so happy :DDDDD

Dec 11, 2019

In a world of postmodern deconstruction, it’s reassuring to know that a few people are building something other than outrage.

Criticize Elon Musk as much as you want. He’s a visionary. The book does a great job of outlining how he’s done the impossible, like pioneering internet banking, then building a solar panel company, an e-car company, and a rocket company from the ground up, while surviving a worldwide financial crash. Musk does it better, sexier and cheaper then anyone else.

The only drawback was the clunky prose of author Ashlee Vance. At times he sounds more like a Valley girl with a high school blog than a serious writer. He continually drew attention away from the subject matter with cringeworthy lines like “the knife-stabby part of San Francisco...” or “a cutesy thing with the doorhandles.“

Vance needs a good editor.

Mar 27, 2019

This is probably the most accurate depiction of Elon Musk's life as you'll get. The book will go through Elon's timeline from when he was working at PayPal, to starting up SpaceX and Tesla.

Mar 25, 2019

This book starts off with talking about Elon Musk’s upbringing in South Africa and how he came from a family of odd induvisuals.In his early Elon was fascinated with books and read all the time. He was seen as nerdy and weak by children his age.Elon was always wanting to learn new stuff about the world. Later on he went to America and attended University where he excelled. Upon graduating he had a few startup companies and work from day to night. Elon was determined to be successful. His hard work paid off and sold PayPal for millions. With that money he opened Tesla and SpaceX which seen many failures from the beginning. SpaceX had many failed rocket attempts and Tesla couldn’t get a functioning car. These issues got worse in 2008 during the financial crisis which lead Elon to a mental break down. This is because he was pouring his personal money in his companies which were constantly seeing failures all while during a financial crisis. But somehow Elon got through the toughest time in his life and his companies got through it too somehow. Now Elon is seen as a real life Iron Man and has aspirations of going into mars and building a place where humans can live.

Jan 18, 2019

I would suggest researching Elon Musk through his associated releases and online articles. This book takes a personal view of a man who operates on a very factual basis, an approach that is likely to leave one a stranger to the reality in which Elon Musk operates.

Sep 18, 2018


Jul 21, 2018

Vance writes a very thorough story about Elon Musk, starting in childhood and progressing through his early adulthood about his ambitions, near failures, fabulous successes, and future hopes today. If this were a novel, I’d say it couldn’t be real, but it is. Vance obtained information previously unavailable to the public by meetings with Musk (even though obtaining contact with him was very difficult); however, she does not white-wash his flaws. We learn that Musk is obsessed by his drive to make a better future for humanity but also very hard even on loyal people. He sees transportation, space travel and electrical power as answers to a better world and perhaps the saviors of humanity.
The event-driven-writing style is very professional as though documenting the life of a long-past era (even with some four-letter words, perhaps to match Musk’s style of speech) is excellent. If you are a “futurist,” interested in applied science, attaining “impossible” goals, or just wondering what your next car might be like, I highly recommend it.

Oct 21, 2017

Great bibliography about a fascinating man. I highly suggest this to anyone interested in business, technology, and the hope for mankind. Musk is a unique man that will do anything for the good of humans. This book is well-written and interesting.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
Sep 24, 2020

qianhaha thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Jul 10, 2017

TorrinLynn thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


Add a Summary
Nov 07, 2015

Great book, everyone with any interest in the future of the earth should read this. Excellent information on how to reshape our view of the industrial world and the use of science to give new hope to the future of society!


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at MCPL

To Top