The Space Barons by Christian Davenport audiobook

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos

By Christian Davenport
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PublicAffairs, Hachette Book Group 9781610398299
10.98 Hours Unabridged
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The historic quest to rekindle the human exploration and colonization of space led by two rivals and their vast fortunes, egos, and visions of space as the next entrepreneurial frontier The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearly a half-century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons—most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen—are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel, and send humans even further than NASA has gone. These entrepreneurs have founded some of the biggest brands in the world—Amazon, Microsoft, Virgin, Tesla, PayPal—and upended industry after industry. Now they are pursuing the biggest disruption of all: space. Based on years of reporting and exclusive interviews with all four billionaires, this authoritative account is a dramatic tale of risk and high adventure, the birth of a new Space Age, fueled by some of the world’s richest men as they struggle to end governments’ monopoly on the cosmos. The Space Barons is also a story of rivalry—hard-charging startups warring with established contractors—and the personal clashes of the leaders of this new space movement, particularly Musk and Bezos, as they aim for the moon and Mars and beyond.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A Washington Post Pick of Business Book Beach Reads

A Library Journal Best Books of the Year selection

The historic quest to rekindle the human exploration and colonization of space led by two rivals and their vast fortunes, egos, and visions of space as the next entrepreneurial frontier

The Space Barons is the story of a group of billionaire entrepreneurs who are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. Nearly a half-century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons—most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen—are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel, and send humans even further than NASA has gone. These entrepreneurs have founded some of the biggest brands in the world—Amazon, Microsoft, Virgin, Tesla, PayPal—and upended industry after industry. Now they are pursuing the biggest disruption of all: space.

Based on years of reporting and exclusive interviews with all four billionaires, this authoritative account is a dramatic tale of risk and high adventure, the birth of a new Space Age, fueled by some of the world’s richest men as they struggle to end governments’ monopoly on the cosmos.

The Space Barons is also a story of rivalry—hard-charging startups warring with established contractors—and the personal clashes of the leaders of this new space movement, particularly Musk and Bezos, as they aim for the moon and Mars and beyond.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An exciting narrative filled with colorful reporting and sharp insights. The book sparkles because of Davenport’s access to the main players and his talent for crisp storytelling.” Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Tells the backstories of the billionaires who are vying for control of the emerging NewSpace industry.” New Yorker
"[The] book fizzes with some wonderful human stories of imagination and endeavor but also provides a broad sweep of the current state of the space industry.” Financial Times (London)
The Space Barons is fastidious and engrossing.” Spectator (London)
“Davenport displays his reporting and storytelling skills. His writing is tight and, suitably for the subject matter, propulsive. He fleshes out the main protagonists with fine character vignettes.” Washington Post
“Topping my reading list for space fans this summer is The Space Barons..Christian Davenport’s fine new book on competition in the New Space world.” Forbes
“A compelling narrative of how Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Paul Allen all dreamed at an early age of the prospects of commercial space travel…Thorough compelling storytelling… [and] impressive research and extensive interviews.” Winnipeg Free Press (Canada)
“Readers will thrill at this lucid, detailed, and admiring account of wealthy space buffs who are spending their own money, making headlines, producing genuine technical advances, and resurrecting the yearning to explore the cosmos.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Christian Davenport

Author Bio: Christian Davenport

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Technology & Engineering
Runtime: 10.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English