If you’re a fan of Elon Musk, and his work in a variety of fields, you might be interested in the books he’s read and recommends. But what are the best Elon Musk recommended books?

In this article, we’re going to share a list of the top Elon Musk book recommendations – those books that he’s mentioned the most, be it on social media or elsewhere.

Where there’s an existing tweet, we’re include his Twitter recommendations here. So if you’re looking for Elon Musk books, we have just the list for you!

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed nighttime read, or something more academic, we have a whole goldmine of knowledge to share! All Elon Musk recommended.

Elon Musk Recommended Books

Let’s take a look at the top Elon Musk recommended books that he’s read and loved.

Science / Technology

Ignition: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants

“Ignition by John Clarke, Huzel & Wang book on propulsion, Asimov’s Foundation, Heinlein’s MiaHM.”

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Ignition!: An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants (Rutgers University Press Classics)
  • Clark, John Drury (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 302 Pages - 05/23/2018 (Publication Date) - Rutgers University Press Classics (Publisher)

Elements of Propulsion: Gas Turbines and Rockets

“Cantrell tells us that he soon discovered that he and Musk shared an affinity for applied knowledge, and he loaned him some textbooks to study (they “were never returned, by the way!” Cantrell says). The books were “Rocket Propulsion Elements,” “Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion,” “Fundamentals of Astrodynamics,” and the “International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems.”

Elements of Propulsion: Gas Turbines and Rockets, Second Edition (Aiaa Education)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jack D. Mattingly and Keith M. Boyer (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 960 Pages - 06/15/2016 (Publication Date) - Amer Inst of Aeronautics (Publisher)

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

“Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.”

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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • Oxford University Press
  • Bostrom, Nick (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 390 Pages - 05/01/2016 (Publication Date) - Oxford University Press (Publisher)

Our Final Invention

“While on the subject of AI risk, Our Final Invention by @jrbarrat is also worth reading.”

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Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
  • Our Final Invention Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
  • Barrat, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 02/17/2015 (Publication Date) - St. Martin's Griffin (Publisher)

Rocket Propulsion Elements

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Rocket Propulsion Elements
  • Wiley
  • Hardcover Book
  • Sutton, George P. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 792 Pages - 12/27/2016 (Publication Date) - Wiley (Publisher)

This Is Rocket Science

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This Is Rocket Science: True Stories of the Risk-taking Scientists who Figure Out Ways to Explore Beyond Earth
  • Hardcover Book
  • Skurzynski, Gloria (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 80 Pages - 04/13/2010 (Publication Date) - National Geographic Children's Books (Publisher)

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself 

“Highly recommend anything by Sean Carroll.”

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The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
  • Carroll, Sean (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 496 Pages - 05/16/2017 (Publication Date) - Dutton (Publisher)

Fundamentals of Astrodynamics

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Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)
  • Dover Publications
  • Roger R. Bate (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 480 Pages - 06/01/1971 (Publication Date) - Dover Publications (Publisher)

Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down

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Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down
  • Da Capo Press
  • Gordon, J. E. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 421 Pages - 07/10/2003 (Publication Date) - Da Capo Press (Publisher)

If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens … WHERE IS EVERYBODY?

“Great book. Read it when it came out.”

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If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY?: Seventy-Five Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life (Science and Fiction)
  • Webb, Stephen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 452 Pages - 05/20/2015 (Publication Date) - Springer (Publisher)

Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines 

“Ignition by John Clarke, Huzel & Wang book on propulsion, Asimov’s Foundation, Heinlein’s MiaHM.”

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Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Huzel, Dieter K (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 431 Pages - 01/01/1992 (Publication Date) - AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics)...

Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion

Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion
  • Hardcover Book
  • G. Oates, (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 452 Pages - 01/01/1997 (Publication Date) - AIAA (Publisher)

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

“Worth reading Life 3.0 by @Tegmark. AI will be the best or worst thing ever for humanity, so let’s get it right.”

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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • Tegmark, Max (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 07/31/2018 (Publication Date) - Vintage (Publisher)

International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems

International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems (Library of Flight)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • S. Isakowitz (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 550 Pages - 09/02/2004 (Publication Date) - AIAA (Publisher)

Deep Learning

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Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series)
  • deep learning adaptive computation and machine learning series
  • deep learning adaptive computation and machine learning
  • Hardcover Book
  • Goodfellow, Ian (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

History

Twelve Against the Gods: The Story of Adventure

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Twelve Against the Gods: The Story of Adventure
  • Bolitho, William (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 302 Pages - 09/25/2018 (Publication Date) - Diversion Books (Publisher)

Merchants of Doubt

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Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Oreskes, Naomi (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 05/31/2011 (Publication Date) - Bloomsbury Publishing (Publisher)

The Wealth of Nations

“Read Das Kapital when I was 14, incl cross-checking English translation of original German. Adam Smith FTW obv. Ironically, future automation will naturally lead to greater equality of consumption. Monopolies are true enemy of people. Competing to serve is good.”

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The Wealth of Nations
  • Smith, Adam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 524 Pages - 11/01/2018 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

Das Kapital

“Read Das Kapital when I was 14, incl cross-checking English translation of original German. Adam Smith FTW obv. Ironically, future automation will naturally lead to greater equality of consumption. Monopolies are true enemy of people. Competing to serve is good.”

Das Kapital: A Critque of Political Economy
  • Marx, Karl (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 200 Pages - 03/02/2011 (Publication Date) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (Publisher)

Business / Self Development

Screw Business As Usual: Turning Capitalism into a Force for Good 

“Liked “Screw Business as Usual” a lot. This approach should be taken to heart by all, as it really is the smart move.”

Screw Business As Usual: Turning Capitalism into a Force for Good
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Branson, Richard (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 386 Pages - 12/08/2011 (Publication Date) - Portfolio (Publisher)

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
  • Zero to One
  • Hardcover Book
  • Thiel, Peter (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 09/16/2014 (Publication Date) - Currency (Publisher)

Lying

“Read “Lying”, the new book by my friend Sam Harris. Excellent cover art and lots of good reasons not to lie!”

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Lying
  • Lying
  • Hardcover Book
  • Harris, Sam (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 108 Pages - 11/05/2013 (Publication Date) - Four Elephants Press (Publisher)

My Life & Work

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin & Henry Ford (My Life and Work) (Annotated)
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Benjamin Franklin (Author) - Brian Henderson, Patrick Jonathan (Narrators)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 07/30/2018 (Publication Date) - Geller & Goldberg Press (Publisher)

Biographies

Einstein: His Life and Universe

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Einstein: His Life and Universe
  • By the author of the acclaimed bestsellers Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs, this is the definitive...
  • Isaacson, Walter (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 704 Pages - 05/13/2008 (Publication Date) - Simon & Schuster (Publisher)

Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

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Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age
  • Princeton University Press
  • Carlson, W. Bernard (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 520 Pages - 04/27/2015 (Publication Date) - Princeton University Press (Publisher)

Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

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Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness
  • W W Norton Company
  • Barlett, Donald L. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 688 Pages - 09/17/2004 (Publication Date) - W. W. Norton & Company (Publisher)

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932–1940

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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940
  • Bantam
  • Manchester, William (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 800 Pages - 09/03/1989 (Publication Date) - Bantam (Publisher)

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

“Am reading a great biography of Ben Franklin by Isaacson. Highly recommended.”

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
  • Benjamin Franklin An American Life
  • Isaacson, Walter (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 586 Pages - 06/01/2004 (Publication Date) - Simon & Schuster (Publisher)

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

“Am reading Robert Massie’s book on Catherine the Great. Yeah, I know what you’re probably thinking … did she really f* a horse?”

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
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  • Massie, Robert K. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 672 Pages - 09/18/2012 (Publication Date) - Random House Trade Paperbacks (Publisher)

Novels

The Lord of the Rings

“Looking forward to it. I know it’s cliche, but LotR is my favorite book ever 🙂 Want to see the set and take my kids on tour of greater NZ.”

J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
  • The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings the Hobbit the Fellowship of the Ring the Two Towers the
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 1728 Pages - 09/25/2012 (Publication Date) - Del Rey (Publisher)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“I love Douglas Adams! My favorite spaceship ever is in HHGTTG.”

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Great product!
  • Adams, Douglas (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 09/27/1995 (Publication Date) - Del Rey (Publisher)

A Game of Thrones

“I love Banks. Best books in recent years imo are Iain Banks & George Martin.”

A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast of Crows / A Dance with Dragons
  • A Game of Thrones A Clash of Kings A Storm of Swords A Feast of Crows A Dance with Dragons
  • Martin, George R. R. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 5216 Pages - 10/29/2013 (Publication Date) - Bantam (Publisher)

Daemon 

“Yeah, Daemon is a great read.”

Daemon
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Suarez, Daniel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 489 Pages - 01/08/2009 (Publication Date) - Dutton (Publisher)

Dune

“Dune series by Herbert also brilliant. He advocates placing limits on machine intelligence.”

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Dune
  • Ace
  • Herbert, Frank (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 896 Pages - 09/01/1990 (Publication Date) - Ace (Publisher)

The Fault in Our Stars

“You had me at Sheen or Gaddafi. Must admit to liking “The Fault in Our Stars” too. Sad, romantic and beautifully named.”

The Fault in Our Stars
  • John Green
  • romance
  • Death & Dying
  • Green, John (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Lost Planet

The Lost Planet (Lost Starship Series Book 6)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Heppner, Vaughn (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 465 Pages - 12/31/2016 (Publication Date)

Stranger in a Strange Land

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Stranger in a Strange Land
  • science fiction
  • Heinlein, Robert A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 438 Pages - 05/15/1987 (Publication Date) - Ace (Publisher)

The ‘Foundation’ Series

“Foundation Series & Zeroth Law are fundamental to creation of SpaceX.”

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

“A future Lunar society facing food shortages rebels against the tyranny of Earth with the help of an artificial intelligence. Another science fiction classic by a member of the big three of sci-fi writers.”

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
  • Great product!
  • Robert A. Heinlein (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 06/15/1997 (Publication Date) - Orb Books (Publisher)

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

“A cautionary tale about the dangers of superintelligent artificial intelligence. In a word, terrifying. The AI at the center of this story wields godlike powers that he inflicts sadistically upon the last survivors of the human race.”

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I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream: Stories
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
  • Ellison, Harlan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 162 Pages - 06/03/2014 (Publication Date) - Open Road Media (Publisher)

The Culture Series

“Reading The Culture series by Banks. Compelling picture of a grand, semi-utopian galactic future. Hopefully not too optimistic about AI.”

Iain M. Banks Culture - 25th anniversary box set: Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games and Use of Weapons
  • ORBIT
  • Banks, Iain M. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 11/18/2019 (Publication Date) - Orbit (Publisher)

Atlas Shrugged

“Very appealing if you’re a sophomore in college. It’s a counterpoint to communism and useful as such, but should be tempered with kindness.”

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Atlas Shrugged
  • Great product!
  • Rand, Ayn (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 1088 Pages - 09/01/1996 (Publication Date) - Signet (Publisher)

The Machine Stops

“Worth reading The Machine Stops, an old story by E. M. Forster.”

The Machine Stops
  • Forster, E.M. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 05/23/2013 (Publication Date) - A Forster Book (Publisher)

Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts 

“Have recently come to appreciate the awesome, absurdist humor of Waiting for Godot. We so often wait, without knowing why, when or where.”

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Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
  • Grove Press
  • Beckett, Samuel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 05/17/2011 (Publication Date) - Grove Press (Publisher)

Kill Decision

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Kill Decision
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Suarez, Daniel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 512 Pages - 08/06/2013 (Publication Date) - Dutton (Publisher)

Elon Musk Books – Wrapping Up

We hope you’ve found this article fill of Elon Musk recommended books helpful. There are some absolutely fantastic and life-changing books here and we hope you make some quality purchasing decisions.

Have you read a book that Elon Musk has recommended? Let us know in the comments just below here.