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8 Life Changing Books recommended by Elon Musk

by Jessica Zhang

This composition is based off of CNBC’s article “Billionaire Elon Musk credits his success to these 8 books”

Interested in taking some book recommendations from one of the world’s most brilliant minds? Here’s a list. 🙂

1. “Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down” by J.E. Gordon

If you’re interested in observing the depths of physics and science of engineering, this book will be sure to satisfy you. Every page offers an explanation for part of the world around you. 

2. “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” by Walter Isaacson

Centered around Elon Musk’s heroes, this biography on Benjamin Franklin will submerge you in the life and experiences of a young entrepreneur. Furthermore, the novel touches on the various successes of Franklin and his influence upon the world. 

3.  “Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson

This biography allows a glimpse into the mind of one of the most well known scientists of all time – Albert Einstein. From his ingenious work to inventive intelligence, this book is bound to spark inspiration. 

4. “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” by Nick Bostrom

As AI becomes more and more prominent in society, could there be a day where it surpasses us? Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom touches on the dangers, prevention techniques, and overall analysis of this potential issue.

5. “Merchants of Doubt” by Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes

This novel tells the dark story of high figures in society attempting to conceal many truths and concerns in the fields of public health and environmental science. The enlightening story advocates for attention in these fields. 

6. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

This classic book contains just the right mix of adventure and thrill. Along with a fascinating plot, the work leaves a lasting impact on readers with numerous lessons. 

7. “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” by Peter Thiel

Looking for some insight into the secrets of starting a successful company? This book is one of your best bets!

8. The “Foundation” trilogy by Isaac Asimov

As a fascinating science fiction series, these novels will force your mind beyond the boundaries of planet Earth. Author Isaac Asimov encourages thinking beyond what you would have thought was possible. 

Now, go have fun and read! 🙂

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