May 22, 2015
Silicon Valley insider Ashlee Vance makes the case that Elon Musk’s success heralds a return to the original ambition and invention that made America great.
From Musk's tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and subsequent flight to the United States, to the sale of PayPal for $1.5 billion to the genesis and pursuit of his dramatic technological innovations in three different industries, Elon Musk brings to life the renowned innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Drawing upon hundreds of interviews with former colleagues and friends, as well as in-depth conversations with Musk himself, Vance argues that Musk stands as one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history—a modern-day industrialist such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, or Howard Hughes, and is a worthy successor to Steve Jobs
At a time when many American companies are more interested 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. In droll, conversational prose, longtime Valley insider Ashlee 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.
Fascinating 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.