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

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

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 Nei The historic quest to rekindle the human exploration and colonization of space led by two rivals and their vast for...

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Title:The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos
Author:Christian Davenport
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

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

  • JG (The Introverted Reader)
    Oct 31, 2018
    3.5 stars rounded up. This was fascinating, but I'm not sure why it's called Space Baron*S*. The author came across as a huge fan of Elon Musk; I would guess at least 80% of the book is about Musk and SpaceX. That could be because SpaceX seems to be the company that's really speedin...
  • Kristiana
    Apr 29, 2018
    Space barons is a good compiling of the separate space ventures and companies currently in the business. It has a narrow focus, which is wise. I have not yet tired of hearing of spacex?s success, ingenuity, can do spirit or Elon musk?s biting charm and brazenness. Davenport?s app...
  • Dan
    Oct 21, 2018
    Davenport tells a fine story about Musk and Bezos and how they are revolutionizing the space launch business on their way to colonizing Mars. We really are witnessing history that might set our species on a different path. If it sounds merely farfetched instead of ludicrous it's thanks...
  • Francis Tapon
    Dec 18, 2017
    My wife is from Cameroon so she thrilled that the first creature that America sent into orbit was from Cameroon. The creature was named Enos. He was a chimp from Cameroon. He flew aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 on November 29, 1961. Enos logged three hours and 21 minutes in space. He pa...
  • Yukari Watanabe
    Apr 03, 2018
    It's a comprehensive book about new space business created by billionaires. Davenport understands the passion of these billionaires, and that made this nonfiction enjoyable to read. Before I write a review for Newsweek Japan, I'm reading a similar new book, "Rocket Billionaires" to com...
  • Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
    Mar 29, 2018
    I requested this book from Netgalley for a few different reasons. The number one reason being that I?m slightly obsessed with humanity?s scientific journey to attempt to get us in to space. My husband has heard me say more than once that, given the opportunity, I would gladly upend...
  • Ryan Lackey
    Nov 18, 2018
    Great overview and current summary of one of the most interesting engineering and business achievements going on right now ? the new space race, in particular Elon Musk and SpaceX as well as Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin, Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic, and some earlier (Beal) and ...
  • Alvin
    Aug 18, 2018
    A fun read, but uneven. Lots of neat stories, mostly about Musk, but also Bezos, Richard Branson, and Paul Allen--all of whom have created space companies. Felt like a compilation of Sunday reader pieces. For me not enough context to history. While easy to read, it did have more of a j...
  • Scottsdale Public Library
    Jul 03, 2018
    As a kid, did you ever say to yourself, ?Someday, I?m going to Mars.? Well, hello, we?re almost there and it?s not on the public?s dime as people used to complain about, it?s on Elon Musk?s many dimes and Jeff Bezo?s and other future-thinking minds. ?The Space Baron...
  • Mal Warwick
    May 23, 2018
    Not long ago, I reviewedElon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future byAshlee Vance, andThe Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazonby Brad Stone. Both books are well done. They're the product of professional journalists who are good at what they do....
  • Христо Блажев
    Dec 06, 2018
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  • Nick
    Apr 14, 2018
    This is a really fascinating look into the world of the space industry. The author focuses on four main companies that started in the US in the early 2000s, which I found to be very interesting. While SpaceX has acquired a lot of fame in the past few years, I was surprised by how far b...
  • Chris Via
    Nov 30, 2017
    The latest iPhone is great, but the real buzz in science and technology is the plight to colonize Mars. Perhaps still too far-fetched for some, the race to be the first commercial shuttle between Earth and Mars is a very real and burgeoning enterprise, with unthinkable funds being expe...
  • Dylan Jeremiah
    Sep 11, 2018
    This book was a decent timeline of the past and present of commercial space, unfortunately only the epilogue was looking ahead, predicting, and anticipating the future of space travel/colonization. Well researched and interesting to see the egos at play and the different "tortoise and ...
  • Missy
    Nov 22, 2017
    Space Barons failed to capture my interest in the long run. The initial chapters about Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos weren't well organized, but they had enough interesting bits that I kept coming back to the book. When Burt Rutan's story was introduced, however, the author lost me. Mr. D...
  • Jacques Bezuidenhout
    Dec 05, 2018
    Having previously read Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. This was a nice in depth focus on SpaceX, which only formed a small part of the later book. Which was nice about this book is the whole competition from Jeff Bezos and Paul Allen for the quest int...
  • Izalette
    Dec 10, 2018
    All these space barons were driven by the business opportunities in space, by adventure, and by ego. Bezos? maternal grandfather used to work at ARPA. Musk?s grandparents were explorer, flying a solo plane from North America to Australia. The federal government should be in the...
  • Ian
    Aug 21, 2018
    Over the last decade I?ve occasionally seen news items relating to Space X or Virgin Galactic, but hadn?t paid them too much attention. I?m more engaged with the subject now, having read this remarkable story of how a group of billionaire business rivals - each working separately...
  • cizi
    Jan 17, 2019
    An Epic Modern Tale of Tortoise (Bezos) vs Hare (Musk). Also, my first foray into science / technology this year! ...
  • George Siehl
    Jun 10, 2018
    I watched an interview with author Christian Davenport on the events section of www. csis.org and decided to read the book. Good decision. Davenport, a writer for the Washington Post on space and defense issues, faced the delicate challenge of writing about the man who owns the newspap...
  • Karen
    May 13, 2018
    TEAM ELON. That is all. ...
  • Anna J. Shelby ☕
    Jan 09, 2019
    The Space Barons tells the stories of the four billionaires - Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Paul Allen. The companies profiled have set huge milestones as privateers in space industry. Davenport chronicles the tumult of the beginnings of Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, Spa...
  • Alf
    Mar 24, 2018
    A good summary of the new space movement. If you're a space nerd and have been following the industry closely you won't find much new information here. Also if you love the technical aspects of space travel this book will not satisfy you. It mainly covers Musk and Bezos and the race be...
  • Gary Moreau
    Mar 21, 2018
    This book is a thorough and professional review of the current state of space flight in the US. As the cover promises, it?s a tale filled with the current rock stars of capitalism: Musk, Bezos, Branson, et al. And a few names that have made history but aren?t quite as familiar: Bur...
  • James Giammona
    Aug 24, 2018
    Good interviews with Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Paul Allen. I hadn't known many of the Bezos stories (he almost died in a helicopter crash while scouting West Texas property!) and Blue Origin history or the Virgin Galactic history. I knew most of the Musk history from V...
  • Ro
    Dec 09, 2018
    I am deeply impressed with the author's ability to write a book while also slobbering over the cocks of three billionaires at the same time. I aspire to have this level of multi-tasking ability someday! Seriously though, this is some of the fluffiest and most inane piece of "journa...
  • Dee Arr
    Nov 25, 2017
    The full title of this book, The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos, emphasizes the battle between two of the main figures in the book. While I understand the name-dropping can potentially help in selling more copies, I feel it is important to men...
  • Sergio Juarez
    Sep 24, 2018
    Probably my favorite book so far this year. The stories were pretty interesting. I consider myself a fan of Space X and the current companies trying to get to space, but there was plenty I didn't knew that I found out through this book. Great information and super entertaining. ...
  • Todd McGlinchey
    Jun 29, 2018
    Great read of some major influences of our day and their fascination for space exploration. It opens your mind to what these pioneers are going to accomplish and the challenges they?ve already gone through to pave the way for future space exploration and dare I say....space colonizat...
  • Science (Fiction) Comedy Horror and Fantasy Geek/Nerd
    Dec 06, 2018
    After decades of state delays, the visionaries are turning to Mars cities and asteroid mining. Please note that I have put the original German text to the end of this review. Just if you might be interested. Science fiction, especially space operas, hard science fiction, and the ...