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This book basically exploits your desire to read about extremely competent people, and you'll love it. Books like this are probably so entertaining because there is so much mediocrity in our own lives. It is refreshing to read about someone who apparently suffers from no mere human limitations.
It's a nice complement to Walter Issacson's Steve Jobs. In both, you will read about how an asshole with vision can create wonderful things by brute forcing his way through the inconveniences of reality. Both are fantastic books, but Issacson is the better journalist. Vance is so enamoured with his subject that you find him deflecting criticisms of Musk. He comes off as a bit of a fanboy, but you will forgive him, because it is so much fun to be a fanboy to Musk.
The heart of the book is the story of 2008, when both SpaceX and Tesla nearly went bankrupt. It's gripping: I couldn't press stop till I finished that section and so was stuck awake in my bed till 1:00am.
The book offers some genuine insights: one good engineer working constant overtime can achieve as much as eleven engineers trying to coordinate with each other. That's how you achieve truly great, new things. Good for them. Personally, I'm happy to listen to audiobooks while tending the garden, and so I'll have to accept that Vance won't write a book about me.
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makes you want to change and be a better person. The reader was amazing. highly recommended
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