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In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an enlightening and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of the most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley— a real-life Tony Stark— and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

Elon Musk highlights Elon Musk, the famous businessman and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who donated for $1.5 billion to one of his Internet businesses, PayPal. Ashlee Vance depicts the complete panorama and story of the lives and practice of the genius, from his tumultuous South African childhood and relocation to the United States to his spectacular technical inventions and entrepreneurial activities.

Vance utilizes Musk’s tale to investigate one of our age’s urgent issues: Can the inventor and creator country that has guided the modern world for a millennium still perform in an era of ferocious global competition? He claims that Musk is a modern, pioneering amalgam of iconic inventors and industrialists, including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs, one of the most uncommon and compelling individuals in American company culture. Musk has devoted his energies and vast fortune to inventing a future as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science fiction fantasy, more than any other entrepreneur today.