- Release Date : MAY 2022
- Author : MICHAEL VLISMAS
- Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers - Penguin India
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-13 : 9781776191857
ABOUT THE BOOK One of the world's richest people and the owner of Twitter, Elon Musk is no stranger to controversy. Who is this boundary-pushing billionaire with grand plans of inhabiting Mars, and what lies at the heart of his vision? Why is he so utterly unafraid of risk?
As an awkward Pretoria schoolboy who loved comics and science fiction, Musk's early years and singular family background were crucial in forming his stellar ambitions. Journalist and author Michael Vlismas, who attended the same high school as Musk, knows well the environment that shaped him and offers new insights into Musk's development, including his troubled relationship with his father.
Tracing his remarkable life, from his South African childhood to his move to Canada at 17 and then to the US - where Musk made millions out of PayPal and built Tesla and SpaceX into two of the world's most famous companies - this is the story of a man driven to preserve the optimism he sees in humanity and find a future for humans 'out there among the stars'.
Journalist and author Michael Vlismas traces his remarkable life, from his early years in America and the development of his entrepreneurial vision to the billionaire, who seeks to turn science fiction into reality with grand plans of inhabiting Mars and saving planet Earth. Thoroughly researched, this engaging book dispels several myths and presents other sides to the controversy surrounding Musk's father.
Vlismas attended the same school as Musk and has an intimate knowledge of the environment that shaped him. This is the story of a man utterly uncowed by risk who is driven to preserve the optimism he sees in humanity and to find a future for mankind "out there among the stars".
About the Author MICHAEL VLISMAS is a sports journalist and broadcaster, who owns his own sports media agency. He is the author of several books including a biography of Chris Froome.