Welcome to the world's first Elon Musk biography

The Engineer

Follow Elon Musk

on a journey from

South Africa to Mars

Table of Contents



Sand Hill Road

Lost Cities

Boredom Leads to Great Things

What Do I Do Now?

The Meaning of Life

The Outsider

Joining the Mafia

I Don't Need These Russians

Launching a Truck Into Space

The Electric Stars

You Can't Sell a Car That Looks Like Crap

Tesla's Macintosh

Trouble in Paradise

Iceberg, Right Ahead

Another Iceberg, Right Ahead


Halfway to Anywhere

The Leaning Factories

A Burning Man

Joining the Thrillionaires

Idea Overload

End of the Beginning



elon musk and grandfather joshua

Elon Musk and his grandfather Joshua Haldeman
Source: Joshua N Haldeman, DC: the Canadian Years, 1926-1950 and Time

roadster clay model

Tesla Roadster clay model
Source: Tesla Motors

falcon rocket ready for launch

The Falcon 1 rocket at the Kwajalein Atoll
Source: SpaceX

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"The Elon Musk biography written by a Ashlee Vance [Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future] was fun, but it didn't feel practical. Didn't feel like a 'moral biography.' There is another biography called 'The Engineer' which I thought was far better. It was 'written with an eye towards practical application and advice.'"

- unknown

"This is much, much, much, much better than Ashlee's [Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future]. Ashlee's book was full of fun trivia, but not "mind-blowing". Not many passages that made you like, "Holy shit. That really makes one think". The Engineer, in my opinion, is way better in this regard. I liked both books; the details included in The Engineer are not included in Ashlee's book, so if you want to know more, you will not be disappointed."

- neribr2

"I doubt anyone, even Musk's employees, will get through it without some big insights about Elon and his companies."

- z940912

"Erik Nordeus has done a commendable job, scouring the web of resources to build a narrative of Elon Musk - a man too busy to get involved in a biography. It serves well as a first pass on the story of Elon Musk. I actually learned quite a bit."

- Chad Kohalyk

"The Engineer is loaded with clues as to what comprises such a hard driven visionary. The research Erik Nordeus did to write this book is remarkable."

- Heavy Duty Insight

"I've finished reading The Engineer and I can only recommend! Very impressive journey!"

- @jankovskyp

"This is a must-read."

- Ruben Bos

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