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Books recommended by Elon Musk himself!🤯

"I was raised by books and then by my parents" - Elon Musk

"I think Elon Musk is a genius, and I don't use that word lightly. I also think he's one of the bravest people to ever come into the world."- Charlie Munger

Here's a list of 12 books recommended by Elon Musk.📖

1. Foundation series ⚙️⭐

A science fiction series of books written by American author Isaac Asimov. The story follows the fate of a human community trying to preserve scientific knowledge and cultural heritage during the collapse of the Galactic Empire.

2. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress 🌑

A science fiction novel written by Robert A. Heinlein. The story takes place on the moon in the future, where a colony of prisoners fight for their independence against the authoritarian government of Earth. The book combines political intrigue with elements of revolution.

3. Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down 🌉

Written by engineer and scientist J.E. Gordon, this book explores the fascinating world of structural engineering. From explaining the forces acting on bridges to analyzing structural failures, the author explores in detail how different materials and forms affect the stability and durability of structures.

4. The Lord of the Rings 💍

An epic fantasy trilogy written by British author J.R.R. Tolkien. The story follows the adventures of a hobbit named Frodo Baggins, who embarks on a dangerous journey to destroy the Ring of Power, which can bring evil to Middle-earth.

5. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life 📚

From author Walter Isaacson comes a biography that details the fascinating life of one of America's most important founding fathers and scientists - Benjamin Franklin.

6. Einstein: His Life and Universe 📏

Also from author Walter Isaacson is a detailed biography of one of the greatest thinkers in the history of science - Albert Einstein.

7. Zero to One 💸

A book by PayPal co-founder, investor and entrepreneur Peter Thiel that focuses on the essence of innovation and creating new, disruptive business ventures.

8. Superintelligence 🖥️

A book by philosopher Nick Bostrom that explores the potential implications of developing artificial intelligence capable of independent reasoning that transcends human intelligence.

9. Stranger in a Strange Land 🌎

A classic science fiction novel by American author Robert A. Heinlein. The story follows a young man raised on Mars who returns to Earth.

10. Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness ✈️

From author Don Graham, this is a biography of one of the most remarkable and enigmatic men of the 20th century - Howard Hughes.

11. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 👽

From British writer Douglas Adams is a comic sci-fi series that starts as a radio series and develops into books, TV shows and movies. The story begins with an ordinary Earthman, Arthur Dent, being unexpectedly taken off Earth shortly before its destruction. The book combines witty dialogue, philosophical musings, and surreal scenes to create a unique and entertaining look at the universe and human existence.

12. Ignition !!!🚀

A book by chemist and scientist John D. Clark, which explores in detail the fascinating history of rocket fuel research and development.

Not all books are about investing or how to run a successful business. Most of them are biographical literature of important people. Of course, this is mostly about investing, but other books shape us, influence how we behave, how we think, how we view the world, and even how we make decisions.

Do you have a favourite book that has influenced your thinking? (it doesn't have to be just investment literature)


Some of the books look really interesting. Thanks for the tips.

I'd find a few pieces from Elon's library, too.

I believe so :D

Isaacson is probably the best biographer I know. I have yet to read these two recommended books, as well as Musk. Anyway, Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Innovators are a blast. The Hitchhiker's Guide is also very good, Thiel didn't impress me as much.

I should also include some biographies in my library. I found Musk under the tree, so I think I'll get started.

I recently finished reading Snowden, even after 10 years it still gives me chills. Instead of economics books, I'm currently reading the history of individual companies (Amazon, Google, Pixar, Uber, AirBnb, Nike, etc.) and I think it gives me a lot more to investing than paying for, say, Kobersky's Patreon;))

Liu Qin- Memory of Earth

In doing so, I realized that understanding China at least a little bit is not easy, and if it is at all možné🤷‍♂️

Definitely an interesting read!