The hype surrounding Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future is mounting, especially with several quotes from the upcoming biography having been posted, re-quoted, analyzed, and dare we say, even blown out of proportion. There’s also been a “book bonus” posted on Bloomberg, a taster for anyone interested in picking up a copy. But it won’t be much longer before the book actually becomes available in stores, as Ashlee Vance’s new title is due for release on May 19.
Vance’s upcoming tome will trace Musk’s youthful ambitions to send mice to Mars, the first few years of SpaceX as a startup company, all the way through the present, where the outspoken businessman is probably the closest thing we’ve got to a real-life version of Tony Stark, serving as the man in charge of Tesla and SpaceX. It also talks about the challenges Musk had to go through, including his acrimonious divorce with ex-wife Justine and Tesla’s early struggles as an EV maker.
“I was just getting pistol-whipped,” said Musk in quotes published on the Bloomberg book bonus. “There was a lot of schadenfreude at the time, and it was bad on so many levels. Justine was torturing me in the press. … It hurt really bad. You have these huge doubts that your life is not working, your car is not working, you’re going through a divorce and all of those things. I felt like a pile of s—. I didn’t think we would overcome it. I thought things were probably f—ing doomed.”
All of the above happened in 2008, a good seven years ago. And it does seem that Musk has done a good job weathering the storm, as the Model S is now arguably the most talked-about electric vehicle in the market, and SpaceX is consistently launching cargo missions to NASA’s International Space Station.