Unlock the riveting tale of Elon Musk, a trailblazing force who reshaped industries and redefined the future.
A Gritty Childhood: The Crucible that Forged Elon Musk
From the author of Steve Jobs and other bestselling biographies, this is the astonishingly intimate story of the most fascinating and controversial innovator of our era—a rule-breaking visionary who helped to lead the world into the era of electric vehicles, private space exploration, and artificial intelligence. Oh, and took over Twitter.
Bullied But Unbowed: Musk’s Resilience in South Africa
When Elon Musk was a kid in South Africa, he was regularly beaten by bullies. One day a group pushed him down some concrete steps and kicked him until his face was a swollen ball of flesh. He was in the hospital for a week. But the physical scars were minor compared to the emotional ones inflicted by his father, an engineer, rogue, and charismatic fantasist.
The Inner Turmoil: Musk’s Jekyll-and-Hyde Struggles
His father’s impact on his psyche would linger. He developed into a tough yet vulnerable man-child, prone to abrupt Jekyll-and-Hyde mood swings, with an exceedingly high tolerance for risk, a craving for drama, an epic sense of mission, and a maniacal intensity that was callous and at times destructive.
Emergence of a Disruptor: Musk’s Triumphs and Twitter Takeover
At the beginning of 2022—after a year marked by SpaceX launching thirty-one rockets into orbit, Tesla selling a million cars, and him becoming the richest man on earth—Musk spoke ruefully about his compulsion to stir up dramas. “I need to shift my mindset away from being in crisis mode, which it has been for about fourteen years now, or arguably most of my life,” he said.
It was a wistful comment, not a New Year’s resolution. Even as he said it, he was secretly buying up shares of Twitter, the world’s ultimate playground. Over the years, whenever he was in a dark place, his mind went back to being bullied on the playground. Now he had the chance to own the playground.
Isaacson’s Infiltration: Unveiling Musk’s World
For two years, Isaacson shadowed Musk, attended his meetings, walked his factories with him, and spent hours interviewing him, his family, friends, coworkers, and adversaries. The result is the revealing inside story, filled with amazing tales of triumphs and turmoil, that addresses the question: are the demons that drive Musk also what it takes to drive innovation and progress?
Reviews and Reader Insights:
“Whatever you think of Mr. Musk, he is a man worth understanding— which makes this a book worth reading.” — The Economist
“With Elon Musk, Walter Isaacson offers both an engaging chronicle of his subject’s busy life so far and some compelling answers…” — Wall Street Journal
“Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Elon Musk, published Monday, delivers as promised — a comprehensive, deeply reported chronicle of the world-shaping tech mogul’s life, a twin to the author’s similarly thick 2011 biography of Steve Jobs…” — Politico
“The book has everything you’d expect from a book on Musk—stories of tragedy, triumph, and turmoil…. While the stories are fascinating and guaranteed to spark a mountain of coverage, founders and entrepreneurs will also unearth valuable lessons.” — Inc.
- “Born at the right time… His constant companion, X will certainly carry on his father’s flame. I hope”.
- “This man is one of a kind… immense sacrifices and tragedies mark his life”.
- Insightful and Inspiring..”Revealing Musk’s transformative journey from a challenging past to a visionary present”.
- Profound and Riveting. “Unraveling Musk’s motivations and actions, a must-read for understanding this exceptional innovator.”
- Comprehensive and Engaging. “A vivid portrayal of Musk, highlighting his triumphs, challenges, and unwavering determination.”