What does Elon Musk read? What are some key books that have influenced or changed his thinking? How does he select the books he reads?

I like to think about why people are interested in the book recommendations of well known entrepreneurs. (I am one of those people)

Elon is the most admired entrepreneur living.

I think people want to learn from him.

What is the motivation for people who want to read the same books as Elon?

My guess is a lot of these people are interested in building companies and that is the real reason for their question.

I was watching Kevin Rose interview Elon Musk on this episode of Foundation.

I think Elon's answer will help the very people asking what books he recommends.

Kevin: Starting a company for the first time is very challenging for a lot of people. They don't even know where to begin....Who did you look to for advice?

Elon: I read a lot of books and talked to lots of people. I looked for feedback from a historical context. Which was books basically.

Kevin: Any books that stand out? Were they general business books?

Elon: I didn't read general business books. I liked biographies and autobiographies. I think those are helpful. Something like Benjamin Franklin...the biography written by Isaacson was really good. Franklin was an entrepreneur. He started from nothing. He was like a runaway kid basically. He created his printing business (you can learn) how he went about doing that...

I think that is a great idea.

It was the spark that motivated me to create Founders podcast.

If Elon learns from biographies other entrepreneurs might want to as well.

For every podcast I read a biography of an entrepreneur and pull out ideas you can use in your business.

You can listen and learn in your spare time on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

Here are 15 books publicly recommended by Elon Musk

  1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  3. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
  4. Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
  5. Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down by J.E. Gordon
  6. Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants by John Clark
  7. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
  8. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
  9. Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness by Donald Barlett and James Steele
  10. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway
  11. The Foundation of Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
  12. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Roberta Heinlein
  13. Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks
  14. Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Eraby James Barrat
  15. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

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