Ten books publicly recommended by Elon Musk

In Leadership, Success

When Elon Musk is asked by journalists how he he taught himself to make rockets, he is commonly known to respond, “I read alot of books,” and here are some of those he books recommended by Time magazine top 100 most influence people in the world.

Musk has been compared to by many fit in the ranks of Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela and Nocol Tesla, Thomas Edison among others.

  1. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
  2. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Musk claims this book taught him, “the question is harder than the answer.”
  4. Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down by J.E. Gordon. “It is really, really good if you want a primer on structural design,” Musk said in an interview.
  5. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin. “He’s certainly one of my heroes,” Musk told an interviewer about the founding father.

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  1. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
  2. Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele. “I like biographies in general,” he told CNN’s Richard Quest. “You learn a lot.”
  3. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov. This science fiction classic taught Musk that “civilizations move in cycles,” he told the Guardian. “We’re obviously in a very upward cycle right now and hopefully that remains the case. But it may not… Given that this is the first time in 4.5bn years where it’s been possible for humanity to extend life beyond Earth, it seems like we’d be wise to act while the window was open and not count on the fact it will be open a long time.”
  4. Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks
  5. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  7. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes

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