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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Audio CD – CD, 19 May 2015
About the Author
Ashlee Vance is one of the most prominent writers on technology today. After spending several years reporting on Silicon Valley and technology for the New York Times, Vance went to Bloomberg Businessweek, where he has written dozens of cover and feature stories for the magazine on topics ranging from cyber espionage to DNA sequencing and space exploration.
Fred Sanders, an actor and Earphones Award-winning narrator, has received critics' praise for his audio narrations that range from nonfiction, memoir, and fiction to mystery and suspense. He been seen on Broadway in The Buddy Holly Story, in national tours for Driving Miss Daisy and Big River, and on such television shows as Seinfeld, The West Wing, Will and Grace, Numb3rs, Titus, and Malcolm in the Middle. His films include Sea of Love, The Shadow, and the Oscar-nominated short Culture. He is a native New Yorker and Yale graduate.
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Unabridged edition (19 May 2015)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1481533657
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481533652
- Item Weight : 295 g
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 3.56 x 14.73 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,737,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vance opens the book at an interview with Elon Musk himself. The first line, a quote from Musk, "Do you think I'm insane?", perfectly captures the whole context of the biography. Because as you experience the story, you see the challenges Musk went through to reach the pinnacle he's at today. Vance shows how Musk is both the CEO and an employee of the company. His vision is THE vision, and he is known for not letting anything get in his way and his vision.
This isn’t just a poor kid turned rich story, Elon Musk was raised in family of few privileges and he made the most of things available to him and made his way to the top of the ladder, it is the story of his struggle, hard work, his failures and his iron will and determination to make a change for better in this world.
What I love most about Elon's story is how powerfully he deals with every obstacle thrown into his path. Literally nothing could stop him. Not looming bankruptcy or bad press or any of dozens of other issues that would have stopped most of us. In his unconventional, greatly criticized approach, Musk is making his childhood goals a reality. His central driving force; to better mankind. Open-sourcing Tesla's patents seems absurd, but money is not the catalyst here. Simply put, his pure drive and achievements are utterly astounding.
So is Elon Musk—-a) a genius, b) a lunatic, c) visionary d) worlds most important entrepreneur e) force of nature or f) all of the above
At various times during the reading of this book you will come to suspect that Elon Musk is each and every one of these things; and, at the end, come to conclude that only f)all of the above comes close to hitting the mark. As a mega-wealthy celebrity entrepreneur, Musk lives life larger than most of us—and that makes for very interesting, inspiring and entertaining reading.
Few good quotes
"Where Mark Zuckerberg wants to help you share baby photos, Musk wants to save the human race from self-imposed or accidental annihilation."
“I’m more convinced than ever that Musk is, and has always been, a man on a quest, and that his brand of quest is far more fantastic and consuming than anything most of us will ever experience.”
Last and best one.....
"This is Elon's world, and the rest of us just happen to live in it.".
I had ordered the 300 rupee mass paperback version and boy did I regret it. Poorly printed text, torn pages and a wrinkled cover. Ironical, considering what a perfectionist the person on whom the book is written is. I did return it and have ordered the 600 rupee normal paperback for a much better quality, and recommend the same.
Great read, and very inspiring, especially for entrepreneurs.
I mostly felt that this book is not about personality or life of a individual, rather its about people or team in life of individual.
By VAIBHAV on 3 September 2021
This books take you to the early days of Musk and how he build his empire with laser focused goals, passion and hardwork.
In his words, if you want to be successful, you have to work thrice as hard as the other successful people around. If they are spending 40 hours a week you shouldn't dare spending 80 hours and more to get it done.
A very good book which gives you confidence to take planned risks and make it happen.
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An interesting read for me, considering I never went in depth into what Musk has accomplished (to be fair, I came to this book because I find Tesla cars sexy and thought ‘well, why not read this, at least I’ll know more about the man’).
I’m kind of sitting on the fence about this book. I liked learning about how Musk’s companies came to be, the problems encountered along the way, how things were at times one inch from just failing, but worked out in the end, out of both luck and determination. In a way, it’s a positive ‘lesson’: that sometimes things fail, but it shouldn’t prevent you from fighting for them and taking risks, because they just may succeed as well.
I also appreciated that the author interviewed other people, employees, ex-employees, friends, ex-partners, etc., and that he made them part of the whole: people without whom Tesla Motors or SpaceX wOuld’ve never been able to take off, engineers and mechanics and designers whose role was absolutely not negligible. Since a large part of the book was focused on these companies, acknowledging more than just one actor was a good thing to do.
I would’ve d liked it to go more in depth about how exactly things worked out, when it comes to the science/engineering part. Elon Musk seems like he knows his stuff, too, and has learnt over the years what he didn’t know and made him shoot for impossible deadlines at first (now I guess they’re just improbable, hah), and… I don’t know, I expected something more detailed in that regard. Maybe less of the business aspect, and more about the engineering the way Elon Musk himself goes about it?
Also, for a biography, I think it didn’t go to the bottom of things either when it comes to the man, and lacks a certain detachment. Musk doesn’t come off as a very empathetic person, to say the least, and while objectively I understand his drive, humanely the way he treats his employees is, well, not great at all. So I would’ve been interested in seeing more reflecting about this: coming from him, but also coming from the biographer. There -is- something wrong in the way all these visionary projects have come to be, and it was pretty much glossed over. (In short, was the harshness really needed, does innovation has to come to such a price, and would things have tanked with just a bit more empathy?)
This was instructive, and I kind of liked it, so 3 stars… But while I know more about Tesla Motors, SolarCity and SpaceX, I don’t feel like I know -that- much more about Musk himself now.
insightful stories and details about his companies and the struggles to get them off the ground
very inspiring and great book
Highly recommend to any Elon fan
Prior to reading the book, I thought that my knowledge of Musk was pretty good. However, I still found there was a new surprise on every page.Vance has done well to capture a story of the billionaire's background, from bullied schoolboy to minimum wage worker, right through to him becoming one of the most pioneering minds of a generation.
It is an honest and fair portrayal of both his family and business life, a pleasure to read and delves just enough into the areas of interest in the subject's life.
Anyone looking for some inspiration should definitely buy this book!
This book takes you on a concise yet anecdotally rich story of the life of Elon (includes accounts of his great grand parents too) painting the struggles of a child that morphed through different cycles into the person we think we know. It paints instances of his genius as well as extracts of his harsh and sweet sides too. Guess you don't change the world by being cookie-cutter nice. 😅
I especially enjoyed how Ashlee managed to rope in accounts of co-founders and their signifance in the companies for which Elon has become the poster child of, the economic and social considerations that influenced them, as well as how we got to have a new sided "Elon did everything" view of these companies in, and more.
I have walked away with a great appreciation of the sacrifice Elon and the workmates that have laughed, cried, mourned, and exhibited a plethora of other emotions as Elon's "Unified Theory" has began to come to fruition. I am especially pleased to see the accounts of loyal employees who stay in the dark despite carrying most of the work but being motivated by the common goal. What a tale! It may be sad in some cases but to see that someone, who others would happily take on offering more praise and maybe more pay, stay on because they believe in the dream and goal; that to me makes working for Elon great and worth the pain.
Hopefully I shall find out at some point too 😉
In short, I thoroughly recommend this book! Thank you Ashlee, thank you Elon Musk and Co.
Insight in to not only a gifted brain but the ability of Musk to see the advantage of bringing together the greatest brains and putting every penny of his fortune to the betterment of mankind through science and simple logic if you have the foresight of brilliance.
Elon if ever proof was needed this book is proof that he is a gift to Humanity. May his God Bless him.☺