Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius’s life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Vance uses Musk’s story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk—one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history—is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
Thorough and insightful, Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans.
The correspondence between Gretel Adorno and Walter Benjamin,published here in its complete form for the first time, is thedocument of a great friendship that existed independently ofBenjamin's relationship with Theodor W. Adorno. While Benjamin,alongside his everyday worries, writes especially about thoseprojects on which he worked so intensively in the last years of hislife, it was Gretel Karplus-Adorno who did everything in her powerto keep Benjamin in the world.
She urged him to emigrate and told him about Adorno's plans andBloch's movements, thus maintaining the connection between the oldBerlin friends and acquaintances. She helped him through the mostdifficult times with regular money transfers, and organizedfinancial support from the Saar region, which was initially stillindependent from the Third Reich. Once in New York, she attemptedto entice Benjamin to America with her descriptions of the city andthe new arrivals from Europe though ultimately to no avail.