Summary of Elon Musk

Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

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Elon Musk book summary
Imagine doing the impossible faster and better than you do the average. That’s Elon Musk.


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Business writer Ashlee Vance’s biography of Elon Musk proves fascinating because Musk is fascinating. He’s done amazing things. He’s also highly controversial. Vance tries to include multiple perspectives. He discusses both how Musk’s career evolved – through his youth, Paypal, Zip2, Tesla and SpaceX – and how public perceptions of Musk’s actions have shifted over time. Vance’s hypnotic descriptions of Musk make it easy to understand how Musk would disrupt any industry he chose – and most social contexts as well. With a caveat that those who don’t think the F-word belongs in business biographies should skip this one, getAbstract recommends Vance’s compelling history of a startling career to those interested in genius, start-ups, technology, innovation or, of course, Elon Musk.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What factors shape Elon Musk’s personality, actions and way of thinking;
  • How he has led his companies, including Zip2,, SpaceX and Tesla; and
  • How Musk revolutionized several industries, including electric cars and space travel.


Family Roots
Elon Musk’s family provided a clear precedent for his life of taking risks. His maternal grandfather Joshua Norman Haldeman thought Canada’s character was declining so he relocated his family and chiropractic practice from Canada to South Africa.

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About the Author

Ashlee Vance is one of the most prominent writers on technology today. After spending several years reporting on Silicon Valley and technology for The New York Times, Vance went to Bloomberg Businessweek, where he has written dozens of cover and feature stories on topics ranging from cyber espionage to DNA sequencing and space exploration.

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    Todd Layne 7 months ago
    WOW, Talk about the power of "Focus". Sometimes, being politically correct can hold back great ideas and advancements.

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