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Ashlee Vance s new book, Elon Musk Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, is a tremendous look into arguably the world s most important entrepreneur Vance paints an unforgettable picture of Musk s unique personality, insatiable drive and ability to thrive through hardship The Washington Post It is the book I have enjoyed most this year Tyler Cowen, famed economist and best selling author The best business book I have read in years Don Graham, former publisher of The Washington PostExhaustively reportedthis work will likely serve as the definitive account of a man whom so far we ve seen mostly through caricature By the final pages, too, any reader will sense the need to put comparisons to Steve Jobs aside Give Musk credit There is no one like him The New York TimesAshlee Vance s portrait of the entrepreneur at mid life is an essential reada riveting portrait of Silicon Valley s most driven entrepreneur since Steve Jobs The Financial Times The result is a book that is smart, light on its feet and possesses a crunchy thoroughness Mr Vance delivers a well calibrated portrait of Mr Musk, so that we comprehend both his friends and his enemies It s a book with many ancillary pleasures Mr Vance brings us up to date on the states of green energy and space launches He also veers away from his subject just often enough, offering profiles of the frequently brilliant people who work alongside Mr Musk The best thing Mr Vance does in this book, though, is tell Mr Musk s story simply and well The New York Times Really good biographies stand out in two ways First, they provide lots of zesty stories that haven t been told before Beyond that, they explain all the zigzags and false clues of a prominent person s life, in a way that makes the total picture come into focus it s clear that this new Musk bio delivers the goods in both respects Ashlee Vance provides a wealth of insights about how this tech titan operates ForbesVance s lively book yields all manner of fascinating insights about Musk s companies, his vision, and his personal life Slate Of the many profiles of business leaders, Vances take on Musk is among the best The authors objective and unbiased viewpoint captures Musks good and bad, his achievements and failures The Motley FoolVance left few, if any, stones unturnedA detailed portrait of a figure both loved and feared sometimes by the same people at the same time The Space ReviewVances book is a masterful piece of reporting ViceMusk rivals Jobs in the same way this book rivals Isaacsons classic Whitney Tilson Founder, Kase Capital ManagementThere are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk s relentless drive and ingenious vision A modern alloy of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs, Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity, each of which has sent shock waves throughout American business and industry More than any other executive today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far reaching as a science fiction fantasy In this lively, investigative account, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance offers an unprecedented look into the remarkable life and times of Silicon Valley s most audacious businessman Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family, and his friends, the book traces his journey from his difficult upbringing in South Africa to his ascent to the pinnacle of the global business world Vance spentthan fifty hours in conversation with Musk and inter viewed close to three hundred people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk s world changing companies and to paint a portrait of a complex man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation all while making plenty of enemies along the way In , Elon Musk arrived in the United States as a ferociously driven immigrant bent on realizing his wildest dreams Since then, Musk s roller coaster life has brought him grave disappointments alongside massive successes After being forced out of PayPal, fending off a life threatening case of malaria, and dealing with the death of his infant son, Musk abandoned Silicon Valley for Los Angeles He spent the next few years baffling his friends by blowing his entire fortune on rocket ships and electric cars Cut to , however, and Musk had mounted one of the greatest resurrections in business history Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity had enjoyed unparalleled success, and Musk s net worth soared tothanbillion At a time when many American companies areinterested in chasing easy money than in taking bold risks on radical new technology, Musk stands out as the only businessman with enough dynamism and vision to tackle and even revolutionize three industries at once Vance makes the case that Musk s success heralds a return to the original ambition and invention that made America an economic and intellectual powerhouse Elon Musk is a brilliant, penetrating examination of what Musk s career means for a technology industry undergoing dramatic change and offers a taste of what could be an incredible century ahead