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Book 19 - 2017

Book 19: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance – 434 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it. He is the real-life inspiration for the Iron Man series of films starring Robert Downey Junior.
The personal tale of Musk's life comes with all the trappings one associates with a great, drama-filled story. He was a freakishly bright kid who was bullied brutally at school, and abused by his father. In the midst of these rough conditions, and the violence of apartheid South Africa, Musk still thrived academically and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he paid his own way through school by turning his house into a club and throwing massive parties.
He started a pair of huge dot-com successes, including PayPal, which eBay acquired for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk was forced out as CEO and so began his lost years in which he decided to go it alone and baffled friends by investing his fortune in rockets and electric cars. Meanwhile Musk's marriage disintegrated as his technological obsessions took over his life ...
Elon Musk is the Steve Jobs of the present and the future, and for the past twelve months, he has been shadowed by tech reporter, Ashlee Vance. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping our Future is an important, exciting and intelligent account of the real-life Iron Man.

I’m a huge fan of Musk - to me he’s the real life version of Iron Man: positively crazy but a total genius, prone to saying things he shouldn’t but undoubtedly with the best of intentions. A Tesla is my dream car, I have legitimately looked into putting a solar powered battery in my house, and as a space nerd, what SpaceX is doing for the industry gets me super excited. So reading this book about Musk’s life was a total pleasure. Vance has done a fabulous job bringing together Musk’s story, capturing how Musk came to be the man he is, craziness and all. Moreover, Vance breaks down Musk’s rationale for the work he does, the speed and insanity levels with which he does it, and Musk’s plans for the future. And it all makes perfect sense when that clarity is applied over the top of Musk’s eccentric public persona, ultimately redeeming him. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read that validated my fascination with Musk. Highly recommended!

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