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Laura's Pick: Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

From the author of Steve Jobs and other best-selling biographies comes an intimate story of a controversial businessman who helped to lead the world into the era of electric vehicles, private space exploration and artificial intelligence.

Walter Isaacson’s book Elon Musk gives an unpresented look at the man that is not only mercurial but revolutionary. Having total access to Musk, his family, friends and adversaries for two years, Isaacson gives a picture of Elon that few truly know. His complex personality, visionary thinking and relentless drive to make the world a better place for all.


Elon Musk has not had an easy life. Raised in South Africa, he was often beaten by bullies, even being hospitalized for it. On top of the physical scars, he also has emotional scars from his father that to this day still affect this life. Elon has a reputation for his abrupt Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde mood swings at work and in his personal life, he craves drama and has an intent sense of mission with an almost maniacal intensity that is callous and at times destructive.  All of this is both a blessing and a curse as it shapes his creativity and his relentless pursuit of such business as: Tesla, Space X, Optimus, The Boring Company, ChatGPT, Neuralink, Twitter, xAI, Zip 2, OpenAI, Solar City, and Bard.


This is a well-researched and well-documented fact-based account of Musk’s life written in chronological order. Although the book is hefty in size, it is  fast-paced and hard to put down. The writing style gives great insight into the range of Musk’s activities in a single day along with his unparalleled focus. Whether you are a fan of Elon or not, it is hard to deny he is a visionary leader who is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible. It is time to get to know the man who is shaping our future. - Laura, Library Director


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