A few weeks ago (OK, maybe a month) I stared watching Mars on the National Geographic channel. I have only watched the first episode, but it was enough to get me interested in the person of Elon Musk.
I knew the name, knew he was linked with Tessa and SpaceX, but I was curious to know more.
In her book called “Elon Musk” journalist Ashlee Vance provides a detailed look at Musk’s life. He fee up in South Africa and always dreamed of making it to America. Once he did, he found himself constantly partaking in a variety of start-up companies.
In addition to SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, Musk was involved in Zip2, a kind of MapQuest meets Yelp, as well as PayPal.
It is quite interesting to read and get a peek inside the man who has his finger in so many different but related fields of engineering and technology. You get a feel from Vance’s writing that Musk has two speeds: stop and go, and he doesn’t usually stop, even when every rational indication is saying to.
It’s also easy to read about him and big into his big dreams. Somehow, after reading Musk’s history, a colony on Mars doesn’t feel like a sci-fi story anymore.
In her reporting and writing, Vance speaks to a variety of people, and gives voice to all their opinions, good or bad. She does not paint a picture of Musk one way or the other, she shares her observations and the comments of Musk and others.
Overall, reading the book, one gets a sense of thorough research and evenness. And though Musk deals in very technical fields, the book is not bogged down by either jargon nor lengthy explanations.
For anyone interested in Musk or any of his companies, I think it’s an interesting read. It’s almost a case study of how hard work and dedication can allow for the seeming impossible to become a reality.