9 Books Elon Musk Thinks Everyone Should Read

“You know, whenever anybody asks Elon how he learned to build rockets, he says, ‘I read books.’ Well, it’s true. He devoured those books. “ 

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 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 Adam

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

In a 2013 interview with the Guardian, Musk discussed how the book series Foundation by Isaac Asimov influenced him to build and launch rockets (Musk founded Spacex in 2002).  

Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov

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