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Elon Musk

Elon Musk / Walter Isaacson.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2023.
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xiii, 670 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"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"-- Provided by publisher.
As a kid in South Africa, Musk was regularly beaten by bullies; he once was in the hospital for a week after a beating. But the physical scars were minor compared to the emotional ones inflicted by his father, an engineer, rogue, and charismatic fantasist. Musk developed into a man-child, 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. In 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 was secretly buying up shares of Twitter. Now he had a chance to own the playground. Isaacson fills in the tales of triumphs and turmoil, addressing the question: are the demons that drive Musk also what it takes to drive innovation and progress? -- adapted from jacket
Added to Catalog
September 15, 2023
Includes bibliographical references (pages 619-636) and index.
Prologue: Muse of fire
A mind of his own: Pretoria, the 1970s
Life with father: Pretoria, the 1980s
The seeker: Pretoria, the 1980s
Escape velocity: Leaving South Africa, 1989
Canada: 1989
Queen's: Kingston, Ontario, 1990-1991
Penn: Philadelphia, 1992-1994
Go west: Silicon Valley, 1994-1995
Zip2: Palo Alto, 1995-1999
Justine: Palo Alto, the 1990s Palo Alto 1999-2000
The coup: PayPal, September 2000
Mars: SpaceX, 2001
Rocket man: SpaceX, 2002
Fathers and sons: Los Angeles, 2002
Revving up: SpaceX, 2002
Musk's rules for rocket-building: SpaceX, 2002-2003
Mr. Musk goes to Washington: SpaceX, 2002-2003
Founders: Tesla, 2003-2004
The roadster: Tesla, 2004-2006
Kwaj: SpaceX, 2005-2006
Two strikes: Kwaj, 2006-2007
The SWAT team: Tesla, 2006-2008
Taking the wheel: Tesla, 2007-2008
Divorce: 2008
Talulah: 2008
Strike three: Kwaj, August 3, 2008
On the brink: Tesla and SpaceX, 2008
The fourth launch: Kwaj, August-September 2008
Saving Tesla: December 2008
The Model S: Tesla, 2009
Private space: SpaceX, 2009-2010
Falcon 9 liftoff: Cape Canaveral, 2010
Marrying Talulah: September 2010
Manufacturing: Tesla, 2010-2013
Musk and Bezos: SpaceX, 2013-2014
The falcon hears the falconer: SpaceX, 2014-2015
The Talulah roller coaster: 2012-2015
Artificial intelligence: OpenAI, 2012-2015
The launch of autopilot: Tesla, 2014-2016
Solar: Tesla energy, 2004-2016
The boring company: 2016
Rocky relationships: 2016-2017
Descent into the dark: 2017
Fremont factory hell: Tesla, 2018
Open-loop warning: 2018
Fallout: 2018
Grimes: 2018
Shanghai: Tesla, 2015-2019
Cybertruck: Tesla, 2018-2019
Starlink: SpaceX, 2015-2018
Starship: SpaceX, 2018-2019
Autonomy day: Tesla, April 2019
Giga Texas: Tesla, 2020-2021
Family life: 2020
Full throttle: SpaceX, 2020
Bezos vs. Musk, round 2: SpaceX, 2021
Starship surge: SpaceX, July 2021
Solar surge: summer 2021
Nights out: summer, 2021
Inspiration4: SpaceX, September 2021
Raptor shake-up: SpaceX, 2021
Optimus is born: Tesla, August 2021
Neuralink: 2017-2020
Vision only: Tesla, January 2021
Money: 2021-2022
Father of the year: 2021
Politics: 2020-2022
Ukraine: 2022
Bill Gates: 2022
Active investor: Twitter, January-April 2022
"I made an offer": Twitter, April 2022
Hot and cold: Twitter, April-June 2022
Fathers day: June 2022
Starbase shake-up: SpaceX, 2022
Optiumus Prime: Tesla, 2021-2022
Uncertainty: Twitter, July-September 2022
Optimus unveiled: Tesla, September, 2022
Robotaxi: Tesla, 2022
"Let that sink in": Twitter, October 26-27, 2022
The takeover: Twitter, Thursday, October 27, 2022
The three musketeers: Twitter, October 26-30, 2022
Content moderation: Twitter, October 27-30, 2022
Halloween: Twitter, October 2022
Blue checks: Twitter, November 2-10, 2022
All in: Twitter, November 10-18, 2022
Hardcore: Twitter, November 18-30, 2022
Miracles: Neuralink, November 2022
The Twitter files: Twitter, December 2022
Rabbit holes: Twitter, December 2022
Christmas capers: December 2022
AI for cars: Tesla, 2022-2023
AI for humans: X.AI, 2023
The starship launch: SpaceX, April 2023.

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