The much-anticipated biography of Elon Musk by a famous tech journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson will go on sale on September 12th. Publisher Simon & Schuster has started taking pre-orders for the 688-page book.
What happened: The book, titled “Elon Musk,” traces – in a style similar to Isaacson’s previous biographies – the billionaire’s journey from a bullied kid in South Africa to a billionaire who has built sprawling businesses.
“This is the amazingly intimate story of the most fascinating and controversial innovator of our time – a rule-breaking visionary who helped lead the world into the era of electric vehicles, private space exploration and artificial intelligence. Oh, and Twitter has taken over,” the publisher said on its website.
The About the Book section of the publisher’s website sheds light on Musk’s torturous childhood. He was regularly beaten by bullies, and on one occasion was pushed and kicked down concrete steps until his face was a swollen ball of flesh.
The book also describes the Wounds inflicted on him by his “villainous” and “charismatic fantasist” father. Because of these hardships, Musk grew into a “tough but vulnerable man-child prone to abrupt Jekyll-and-Hyde mood swings, with an extraordinarily high tolerance for risk, a desire for drama, an epic sense of mission, etc.” a demented one Intensity that was callous and sometimes destructive.
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These scars explain his interest in using Twitter. “Whenever he was in a dark place over the years, he would constantly recall being bullied on the playground,” the editors said. The excerpts state that he was drawn to collecting shares on Twitter because it was the ultimate playground and he had the chance to own the playground.
The editors said Isaacson worked on the book for two years to produce the “enlightening inside story full of amazing tales of triumph and turmoil” that asks: Are the demons driving Musk even what necessary to drive innovation and…