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The space barons : Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the quest to colonize the cosmos
2018
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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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Strap in, you dreamers of space travel, you lovers of invention, you admirers of the unquenchable thirst for exploration, for here is a book that will thrill you to your core. It's the story of four billionaires primarily Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, but also Richard Branson and Paul Allen who have been pouring money into the still-in-its-infancy industry of private space travel. It's a wonderful story, a thrilling adventure of literal and metaphoric highs and lows, based on interviews with the billionaires but encompassing a much broader range of reporting. Davenport catches us up in the breathless excitement of these men who are trying to launch the biggest start-up in the history of the galaxy. But this is no puff piece; the author faithfully records the heartbreaking failures and the struggles to overcome serious opposition (from the U.S. government, among others). This is, too, a story of ego and the aggressive pursuit of number-one status, and the author does a fine job of capturing the personalities of these famous men. A big story, told through its vividly evoked small details.--Pitt, David Copyright 2018 Booklist
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Table of Contents
Introduction: "Touchdown"p. 1
Part IImpossible
Chapter 1"A Silly Way to Die"p. 11
Chapter 2The Gamblep. 27
Chapter 3"Ankle Biter"p. 45
Chapter 4"Somewhere Else Entirely"p. 59
Chapter 5"SpaceShipOne, GovernmentZero"p. 79
Part IIImprobable
Chapter 6"Screw It, Let's Do It"p. 101
Chapter 7The Riskp. 115
Chapter 8A Four-Leaf Cloverp. 127
Chapter 9"Dependable or a Little Nuts?"p. 149
Chapter 10"Unicorns Dancing in the Flame Duct"p. 171
Part IIIInevitable
Chapter 11Magic Sculpture Gardenp. 187
Chapter 12"Space Is Hard"p. 203
Chapter 13"The Eagle Has Landed"p. 221
Chapter 14Marsp. 237
Chapter 15"The Great Inversion"p. 251
Epilogue: Again, the Moonp. 265
Acknowledgmentsp. 277
Notesp. 279
Indexp. 295
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