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Elon Musk’s Reading List: Every Book He Mentioned On Twitter (with tweets!)

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When seriously studying Python, what do you build?

A twitter scraper of course!


I enjoy reading biographies. But I love autobiographies even more. Knowing how someone really thinks is fascinating.

But… what if they never wrote a book?

They probably tweet!

So, I dowloaded every tweet written by a few people I find interesting (Naval Ravikant, Dr Rhonda Patrick, Demis Hassabis, etc…)

Sidenote: Damn you Marc Andreessen for deleting all your tweets!!

One of these people was Elon.

What’s even cooler is I found every book he mentioned on Twitter.

So I gathered the full list and put it right here (with tweets!), for your reading pleasure 🙂


Elon Musk Books

  1. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life — Walter Isaacson

2. Lying — Sam Harris

3. Screw Business As Usual: Turning Capitalism into a Force for Good — Richard Branson

4. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman — Robert K. Massie

5. Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants — John Drury Clark

6. Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines — Dieter K. Huzel & David H. Huang

7. Foundation (7 Book Series) — Isaac Asimov

8. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress — Robert A. Heinlein

9. Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies — Nick Bostrom

10. Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era — James Barrat

11. Daemon — Daniel Suarez

12. Dune (6 Book Series) — Frank Herbert

13. Culture (10 Book Series) — Iain M. Banks

14. The Fault in Our Stars — John Green

15. The Machine Stops — E.M. Forster

16. Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts — Samuel Beckett

17. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams

18. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself — Sean Carroll

19. The Lord of the Rings — J.R.R. Tolkien

20. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence — Max Tegmark

21. If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens WHERE IS EVERYBODY?: Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life — Stephen Webb

22. A Game of Thrones (5 Book Series)— George R. R. Martin

23. Das Kapital — Karl Marx

24. The Wealth of Nations — Adam Smith

25. Atlas Shrugged — Ayn Rand

P.S.: For much entertainment, follow Elon on Twitter.

P.P.S.: If you like book recommendations such as these, I recently built this website with a friend. Here you can find many more people’s recommendations (e.g. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, etc…)

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