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in the Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the search for a fantastic futureExperienced technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first glimpse into the extraordinary life and times of the boldest entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a harsh education in South Africa to the height of the global business world. Vance spent more than 30 hours talking to Musk and interviewed nearly 300 people to tell the turbulent stories of Musk's global companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who is renewing and rekindling American industry has levels of innovation while many enemies make their way.
Vance uses Musk's story to examine one of the pressing issues of our time: Can the nation of inventors and creators that has led the modern world for a century exist 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 mix of legendary inventors and industrialists such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has invested his energies and his own vast fortune to invent a future as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science fiction fantasy.Ecco Press