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)
  • John Drury Clark
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press Classics
  • Edition no. 0 (05/23/2018)
  • Paperback: 302 pages

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.”

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Elements of Propulsion: Gas Turbines and Rockets, Second Edition (Aiaa Education)
  • Jack D. Mattingly and Keith M. Boyer
  • Publisher: Amer Inst of Aeronautics
  • Edition no. 2 (06/15/2016)
  • Hardcover: 960 pages

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
  • Nick Bostrom
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Edition no. 0 (05/01/2016)
  • Paperback: 390 pages

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
  • James Barrat
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • Edition no. 0 (02/17/2015)
  • Paperback: 336 pages

Rocket Propulsion Elements

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Rocket Propulsion Elements
  • Wiley
  • George P. Sutton, Oscar Biblarz
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Edition no. 9 (12/27/2016)
  • Hardcover: 792 pages

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
  • Gloria Skurzynski
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books
  • Hardcover: 80 pages

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
  • Sean Carroll
  • Publisher: Dutton
  • Edition no. 0 (05/16/2017)
  • Paperback: 496 pages

Fundamentals of Astrodynamics

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Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)
  • Dover Publications
  • Roger R. Bate, Donald D. Mueller, Jerry E. White
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Edition no. 0 (06/01/1971)
  • Paperback: 480 pages

Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down

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Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down
  • Da Capo Press
  • J. E. Gordon
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Edition no. 1 (07/10/2003)
  • Paperback: 421 pages

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

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

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)
  • Dieter K Huzel, David H Huang, Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International D Huzel and D Huang,...
  • Publisher: AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics)
  • Edition no. 0 (01/01/1992)
  • Hardcover: 431 pages

Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion

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Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine and Rocket Propulsion
  • G. Oates
  • Publisher: AIAA
  • Edition no. 3 (01/01/1997)
  • Hardcover: 452 pages

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
  • Max Tegmark
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Edition no. 0 (07/31/2018)
  • Paperback: 384 pages

International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems

International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems (Library of Flight)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • S. Isakowitz, J. Hopkins, J. Hopkins Jr.
  • Publisher: AIAA
  • Edition no. 4 (09/02/2004)
  • Paperback: 550 pages

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
  • Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, Aaron Courville
  • Publisher: The MIT Press
  • Hardcover: 800 pages

History

Twelve Against the Gods: The Story of Adventure

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Twelve Against the Gods: The Story of Adventure
  • William Bolitho
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • Paperback: 302 pages

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
  • Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Edition no. 0 (05/31/2011)
  • Paperback: 368 pages

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
  • Adam Smith
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Paperback: 524 pages

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
  • Karl Marx
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Edition no. 13111 (03/02/2011)
  • Paperback: 200 pages

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.”

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
  • Crown Business
  • Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  • Publisher: Currency
  • Edition no. 1 (09/16/2014)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages

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
  • Sam Harris
  • Publisher: Four Elephants Press
  • Hardcover: 108 pages

My Life & Work

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin & Henry Ford (My Life and Work) (Annotated)
  • Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford
  • Geller & Goldberg Press
  • Audible Audiobook
  • English

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...
  • Walter Isaacson
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Edition no. 0 (05/13/2008)
  • Paperback: 704 pages

Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

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Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age
  • Princeton University Press
  • W. Bernard Carlson
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Edition no. 0 (04/27/2015)
  • Paperback: 520 pages

Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness

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Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness
  • W W Norton Company
  • Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Edition no. 0 (09/17/2004)
  • Paperback: 688 pages

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

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The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940
  • Bantam
  • William Manchester
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • Edition no. 1 (09/03/1989)
  • Paperback: 800 pages

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
  • Walter Isaacson
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Paperback: 586 pages

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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  • Robert K. Massie
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Edition no. 1 (09/18/2012)
  • Paperback: 672 pages

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.”

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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
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1728 pages

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Del Rey
  • Douglas Adams
  • Publisher: Del Rey
  • Edition no. 1 (09/27/1995)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages

A Game of Thrones

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

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A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast of Crows / A Dance with Dragons
  • George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones 5-Book
  • George R. R. Martin
  • Publisher: Bantam
  • Edition no. 0 (10/29/2013)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 5216 pages

Daemon 

“Yeah, Daemon is a great read.”

Daemon
  • Daniel Suarez
  • Dutton
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 0 (01/08/2009)
  • English

Dune

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

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Dune
  • Ace
  • Frank Herbert
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Mass Market Paperback: 896 pages

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.”

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The Fault in Our Stars
  • John Green
  • romance
  • Death & Dying
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Edition no. 0 (04/08/2014)

The Lost Planet

Stranger in a Strange Land

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Stranger in a Strange Land
  • science fiction
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Edition no. 10 (05/15/1987)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 438 pages

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.”

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
  • Orb Books
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Publisher: Orb Books
  • Edition no. 1 (06/15/1997)
  • Paperback: 384 pages

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 and I Must Scream: Stories
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
  • Harlan Ellison
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Paperback: 162 pages

The Culture Series

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

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!
  • Ayn Rand
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1088 pages

The Machine Stops

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

The Machine Stops
  • E.M. Forster
  • Publisher: A Forster Book
  • Paperback: 48 pages

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
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Edition no. 1 (05/17/2011)
  • Paperback: 128 pages

Kill Decision

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Kill Decision
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Daniel Suarez
  • Publisher: Dutton
  • Edition no. 0 (08/06/2013)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages

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.