Elon Musk - Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk

By Ashlee Vance

  • Release Date: 2015-05-19
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 314 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.


  • Ambitious and rewarding

    By Beetle777
    This book inspired me to get back in touch with my friends that own companies and to create my own company and fulfill my longtime dream of living with my husband and creating my own family.
  • Surprised and Amazed. I highly recommend this book

    By Petertheman007
    I've always wanted to know more about Elon Musk, a person who seems larger than life. I'm glad to have read this novel as I provided me with some much needed insight into the life of the inventor. This book reads very easily and the writer did a truly fantastic job immersing the reader into the world of Elon Musk.
  • A Great Book

    By dhfkaf
    I really enjoyed the book and learned a lot about Elon Musk. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a creative mind!
  • Great Read. Don't skip the asterisks!

    By Shark Attack 1
    This is an inspiring read about a person who seems to have no limits on his energy and ambition. It shows the flaws of Musk, but also why many of them make him even better at what he does. I think most readers will be amazed at how much he has accomplished in a very short time on this planet. In all likelihood, there is much more to come, both on this planet and beyond!
  • Quick read; good book

    By ddkilzer
    I had read some about Elon Musk before starting this book, but it did a great job of putting the information in context. Overall it was a quick read and moved at a good pace. The only thing I found lacking was a glossary of people with a summary of their relationships to Musk to which I could refer after finishing the book.
  • Extremely Well Done

    All of my questions about Musk have been answered and the book was so well written that I literally couldn't put it down. Great job Vance!
  • List of facts

    By Keith5529
    Great info on musk, but reads like a list of facts.
  • I'm not worthy

    By PalDt
    Excellent, informative, inspiring, fluid, constant wowing. I don't know what to say it's well written and smooth. But what's more incredible is the life of Elon. It's worth knowing about this man. He is our modern day Franklin, Edison, Ford, and list goes on. Enjoy this read I think it's a lot fun
  • Elon is the BEST

    By raylandon
    Never really knew who he was until I was looking for a new book and reading reviews. So grateful that I purchased. We need more people like Elon in the world! We have to wake up and do amazing things. Live lives of importance instead of just being. Thanks Ashlee Vance, great work.
  • Elon Musk

    By Nukevite
    Elon Musk is an inspirational account for the ages. A brilliant man and his band of some of the worlds smartest people he seems well on his way in his mission to save this planet, vastly improve life as we know it and light new paths in space exploration and discovery. With successful aerospace, electric car and solar energy companies that set the bar in their respective fields, Musk appears unstoppable. But the real hero of this book for mr is Ashlee Vance. His skill at making techno-geek smartfests and Silicon Valley goings-on even readable for me let alone compelling was masterful. I hated putting it down and found myself reading the appendix, notes and acknowledgements in a fiendish groping for more. Bravo! Extremely well done. Encore!