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This was mostly a great read. I got to know all the main SpaceX players, I think. Loved the way that it was written, and it was exactly the version of their story that I wanted to hear. It motivates me to think of working at a startup again. And, that is what a somewhat biographical book like this should be -- a way to motivate the reader on to greater heights. To want to perform at one's best level at a project that makes a difference.
It was a little disheartening to hear that Elon used the F word three times in three consecutive sentences while yelling at the staff of a small manufacturing concern. I had hoped Elon was a better manager, and a better person, than this. Still, he gets amazing things done.
So, why did I only give this book two stars? Well, the author thought it important to include gratuitous political swipes at the 45th President of the United States, as well as an ugly description of an unnamed SpaceX intern whose hobby is, apparently, target shooting -- a hobby which cost him his job at SpaceX. Eric thought this intern's public explanation of his action (bringing a gun to an military base which he was told had a fine gun range) was tantamount to a "manifesto". You know, the kind of long-winded treatise that crazy killers write. I assume that is the connection that Eric wanted us to make.
Eric's political swipes included a less-than flattering description of the President, along with a quote with poor grammar that I must assume was invented by some Leftwing news organization of the kind that was often derided (with good reason) as "Fake News". Like many readers who are not of the Leftwing bent, I am put off by this gratuitous insertion of political bias. It ruined a good read. So, it must also ruin what would have been a good review.