Books Recommended By

Elon Musk

CEO of Tesla and SpaceX

Elon Musk is the billionaire CEO of Tesla, as well as founder and CEO of SpaceX and the Boring Company among other successful companies. Born in South Africa, Elon had a fascination with computers and building businesses from a young age. He built and sold his first arcade game 'Blastar' at the age of 12.

Elon briefly attended university in South Africa, before moving to Canada to study at Queen's University. Shortly after, he transferred to Penn, and began his life in America. In 1995, Elon began his first successful startup, Zip2, which sold for $340 million to Compaq in 1999. Shortly after, Elon started X.com, which went on to merge with PayPal, and eventually was bought by eBay in 2002.

In 2002, Elon Musk began his most ambitious projects to date by starting SpaceX, followed by joining Tesla in 2004. Since then, both SpaceX and Tesla have become successful, multi-billion dollar companies. But that didn't satisfy Elon's ambition. While building SpaceX and Tesla, Elon also co-founded SolarCity in 2006, OpenAI in 2015, and both Neuralink and the Boring Company in 2016.

How has Elon managed to build so many successful companies in so few years? He credits much of his success to a childhood spent devouring books in the library. Below is a list of books Elon Musk has recommended over the years.

Our Final Invention

James Barrat

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Elon Musk: "Worth reading."

The Story of Civilization: Rousseau and Revolution

Will & Ariel Durant

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Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines

Dieter K Huzel

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One of Elon Musk's favorite books about space.

The Story of Civilization: The Reformation

Will Durant

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Einstein: His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson

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The Story of Civilization: The Age of Faith

Will Durant

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The Story of Civilization: The Renaissance

Will Durant

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The Story of Civilization: The Age of Napoleon

Will & Ariel Durant

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Ignition!

John Drury Clark

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One of Elon Musk's favorite books about space.

The Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage

Will Durant

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The Story of Civilization: Caesar and Christ

Will Durant

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Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson

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The Big Picture

Sean Carroll

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The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

Robert Heinlein

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One of Elon Musk's favorite books about space.

The Story of Civilization: The Life of Greece

Will Durant

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