Isaacson is already shadowing Musk at work
Like most of the super-rich, Elon Musk has an eye on his legacy, eager to shape how his vast fortune is perceived now and in the future. This probably explains why he recently shared the fact that Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson is writing a book about him.
“If you’re curious about Tesla, SpaceX and my general activities, @WalterIsaacson Writing a biography,” Musk tweeted.
they added subsequent tweets That Isaacson has shadowed Musk “for several days now” and that He “particularly liked” Isaacson’s biography of America’s founding father Benjamin Franklin. he also repeated that he will “Maybe One Day” Write your autobiography.
Several books have been written about Musk’s life and his career, including a 2015 biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Brilliant Future, by Ashlee Vance. The book, to which Musk contributed to several interviews, was well received by critics. NS financial Times called him “A Captivating Portrait of Silicon Valley’s Most Inspired Entrepreneur” […] personal flaws and all,” while the new York Times Similar praise offered, however noted that the work sometimes leaned “towards the life-writing and pronunciation of news releases”.
Musk is less happy with other books he’s written about himself, however, including Tim Higgins’ recent Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century, which was published earlier this month.
a review from LA Times Higgins’ book “Take the Shine Off” Musk calls him “the hair trigger of an executive who is quick to fire people whether they deserve it or not.” The book has generated a lot of news, including a particularly wild story that Musk sought to become CEO of Apple when the iPhone maker approached Tesla about an acquisition. Musk and Apple CEO Tim Cook have both denied that this ever happened.
With Isaacson, though, Musk will know what to expect. Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs was written with “unprecedented” accessibility to the founding of Apple and was praised for its detail, readability, and emotional insight. But, as we noted in our review from Laura June in 2011, the biography is also “in some ways”. […] A book told through the often discussed ‘reality distortion field’ of Steve Jobs.”
“[T]June of Isaacson’s biography says, “Although other opinions or sides are presented for a story, Steve always has the final, blunt word.” Looks like Musk would like something too.