9 Books Elon Musk Thinks Everyone Should Read

As a young child, Musk was a voracious reader, and he shared how he grew up reading comics and the Encyclopedia Brittanica.

In an interview with CNN in 2014, Musk described his love of books, particularly biographies, and how much he enjoys reading on his iPhone while traveling.

These nine books are just some of the books that Musk has discussed reading. Over the years, Musk shared different books he enjoys, books he recommends, and books he believes changed his life in various interviews.

In a 2014 CNN interview, Musk said he enjoys reading biographies, particularly The Biography of Benjamin Franklin, whom he describes as “one of my heroes.” The hefty book describes Franklin’s entire life, mainly how he worked to create the American Nation.

The Biography of Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

He said about the book, “it highlighted an important point which is that a lot of times, the question is harder than the answer. And if you can properly phrase the question, then the answer is the easy part. “

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

In an interview with the New Yorker, Musk said, “The heroes of the books I read, The Lord of the Rings and the Foundation series, always felt a duty to save the world.”

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

On August 2, 2014, Musk tweeted his recommendation for Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom. He tweeted, “Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”

Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom

Musk discussed how the book series Foundation by Isaac Asimov influenced him to build and launch rockets (Musk founded Spacex in 2002). This science-fiction saga made him think.

Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov

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