Books Reviewed by Elon Musk

The Founders: The Story of Paypal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley

- February 22, 2022

"Deeply reported and bracingly written, this book is an indispensable guide to modern innovation and entrepreneurship." --Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Code Breaker A definitive, deeply reported look at the origin of PayPal and its founding team, including Elon Musk, Peter... Read More

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

- June 1, 2004

Presents a portrait of Benjamin Franklin as a scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer, business strategist, and statesman while tracing his life as one of America's Founding Fathers. Presents a portrait of Benjamin Franklin as a scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer, business strategist, and state... Read More

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

- May 1, 2016

The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position. Other animals have stronger muscles or sharper claws, but we have cleverer brains. If machine brains one day come to surpass human brai... Read More

Einstein: His Life and Universe

- May 13, 2008

A narrative portrait based on the complete body of Einstein's papers offers insight into his contributions to science, in an account that describes the influence of his discoveries on his personal views about morality, politics, and tolerance. A narrative portrait based on the complete body of E... Read More

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

- July 10, 2003

In a book that Business Insider noted as one of the "14 Books that inspired Elon Musk," J.E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose. For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under e... Read More

Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

- September 17, 2004

Howard Hughes's veneer of bravado and secrecy is stripped away to reveal the true nature of the famous but troubled aviator in a biography by a pair of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists. Reissue. Howard Hughes's veneer of bravado and secrecy is stripped away to reveal the true nature of the... Read More

Our Final Invention

- February 14, 2015

A Huffington Post Definitive Tech Book of 2013 In as little as a decade, artificial intelligence could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies around the world are pouring billions into achieving AI's Holy Grail--human-level intelligence. Once AI has attain... Read More

Foundation

Considered one of the great classics in the genre, Isaac Asimov's FOUNDATON trilogy describes the events spanning more than a thousand years and resulting in the creation of an ideal universal ruling corporation. In this initial volume, the Galactic Empire is beginning to die and the ends of the ... Read More

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Lord of the Flies

- August 1, 1997

Before The Hunger Games there was Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publicati... Read More

Merchants of Doubt

- June 1, 2012

'Merchants of Doubt should finally put to rest the question of whether the science of climate change is settled. It is, and we ignore this message at our peril.'-Elizabeth Kolbert Merchants of Doubt tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with ... Read More

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Look to Windward (Culture)

- July 26, 2010

The Twin Novae battle had been one of the last of the Idiran war, and one of the most horrific: desperate to avert their inevitable defeat, the Idirans had induced not one but two suns to explode, snuffing out worlds and biospheres teeming with sentient life. They were attacks of incredible propo... Read More

Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants

- May 23, 2018

Ignition! is the inside story of the Cold War era search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. A favorite of Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, this "really good book on rocket[s]" is back in print for the first time in decades. Readers will want to get their han... Read More

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most powerful women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development and ... Read More

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The Player of Games

- February 1, 1989

Gurgeh, a champion game player, travels a hundred thousand light years to the Empire of Azad, where the winner of their complex game becomes emperor. Gurgeh, a champion game player, travels a hundred thousand light years to the Empire of Azad, where the winner of their complex game becomes emperor. Read More

Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future

WHAT VALUABLE COMPANY IS NOBODY BUILDING? The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin wonâe(tm)t make a search engine. If you are copying these guys, you arenâe(tm)t learning from them. Itâe(tm)s easier to copy a model than to make something new: doi... Read More

Illus. Lord Ring De-Luxe Leather

- October 14, 1991

Mythische, aan de mens verwante wezens die in bezit zijn gekomen van de ring die beslist over de macht, het heil en de ondergang van de wereld, binden de strijd aan met de boze geesten die er op uit zijn de ring te bemachtigen. Mythische, aan de mens verwante wezens die in bezit zijn gekomen van... Read More