This was announced by the renowned journalist and author Walter Isaacson in a Twitter post on Thursday that his new Elon Musk bio is on the horizon. Isaacson chronicled the lives of geniuses like… Steve Jobs, Jennifer Doudna, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin FranklinAnd Albert Einsteinbut for the past two years he has accompanied Musk in hopes of writing another bestseller.
The Book of Rise and Fall(?) by Musk is currently available for pre-order from Simon and Schuster websiteThough it won’t officially be available until September 12, the publisher provides details on how Isaacson takes the reader to Musk’s childhood in South Africa. The description portrays Musk in a light that readers might feel sorry for if they didn’t know who he was becoming. Musk was attacked by The description reads: “One day a group pushed him down some concrete steps and kicked him until his face was a swollen ball of flesh. He was in the hospital for a week. But the physical scars were minor compared to the emotional scars inflicted by his father, an engineer, villain, and charismatic fantasist.”
Some might wonder why Musk, who’s been making headlines ever since Acquisition of Twitter because it demands long and arduous working hours from its employeesallow Misinformation is spreading on the social media appand to censure anyone who dared to disagree with him should have a hagiography made biography written about him. For Isaacson, it was because “he’s the most interesting person today,” he said in one New York Magazine Interview.
Isaacson agreed to write the bio in 2021, which Musk was quick to agree to announced to the public, sparking a two-year project that Isaacson says is “America’s finest history…a clear narrative.” He told the outlet, “I think I’ve had more access than anyone we know to the most interesting person alive. I’ve had more access to a biography topic than anyone has ever.”
In the Simon & Schuster press release, Musk is described as “a tough but vulnerable man-child prone to abrupt Jekyll-and-Hyde mood swings, with an extraordinarily high tolerance for risk, a desire for drama, an epic sense of mission and… a manic intensity.” It was callous and at times destructive.” This is perhaps the closest thing to the truth if we read between the lines of Isaacson’s flattering thoughts on a man who is constantly criticized for his role in ruining Twitter.
The book supposedly wonders if Musk’s past demons drive him to innovate and advance while he scatters his focus in between SpaceX, Tesla, Twitter and daily commentary on politics and media. Musk was tough on his employees, firing them if they stepped a foot out of line.
In June last year Musk fired SpaceX employees who published an open letter online, which said: “Elon’s behavior in public spaces has often been a source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks.” The New York Times reported. The letter continued, “As our CEO and most prominent spokesperson, Elon is considered the face of SpaceX – every tweet Elon sends is a de facto public statement from the company.” Reuters It was later reported that at least five employees had been fired in retaliation.
Then in November Musk fired about 20 Twitter employees who criticized him in a Slack channel after he took over the company. In a dismissal email, Musk told them, “Your recent conduct violated company policy.” One of the former employees responded in one tweetShe wrote: “lol just got fired for shit posting. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Kiss my ass Elon.”
Isaacson himself became part of the narrative in April when Musk decided to do so Stop calling various publishers state-affiliated media. “That was Walter Isaacson’s suggestion,“Musk said NPR.
Despite the barrage of criticism and anger Musk has evoked, especially since Isaacson decided to write the bio, the author defends Musk’s lack of emotion or empathy in the workplace and says he is uncompromising when it comes to fulfilling his grand vision to make it a reality.
“This ability to not engage so emotionally and empathetically to see [their] vision through. It’s something Steve Jobs had, it’s something Bill Gates had [has]’ said Isaacson CNBC. He added, “That’s something a lot of these people have, because they’re not looking for affection from the person sitting across from them. They want to take rockets to Mars.”