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:1610398297
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mrklingon
    May 19, 2018
    Excellent - a very good review of what is going on in the "new Space" movement. And - yet again, I find I'm rooting for Blue Origin over SpaceX - we need them both, of course, but I just like the Blue Origin style - I'm rooting for the tortoise! ...
  • 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...
  • Denise Morse
    Apr 11, 2018
    The Space Barons is an inside look at the efforts to commercialize space and the race to be the leaders again in space flight. Of course I had heard of SpaceX and watched the YouTube videos, I had heard of Virgin Galactic, but am ashamed to say that I had no idea about Blue Origin and ...
  • Larry
    May 08, 2018
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not so heavy on the science behind the quest. A brief biography on how a few billionaires put the figurative rocket up the USA space program (or lack thereof) and opened the door for the privatization of space travel. Certainly has put each launch to t...
  • Victoria
    Nov 06, 2017
    Thanks to Perseus Books, Public Affairs and Netgalley for the ARC of this fantastic non-fiction work. Admittedly, I am a bit of a space geek, but I don?t think you have to be to enjoy this. The new space race competition by 21st century billionaires is fascinating and exciting. The w...
  • Shawn
    Apr 08, 2018
    Good rundown of Bezos, Branson, Musk and Paul Allen and their contributions to the new space race. ...
  • Jim Ogle
    Apr 02, 2018
    Fascinating story of the men, not countries, driving the space race. Well told, written and performed. ...
  • Michael
    Mar 27, 2018
    Breathless I was bo n in ?58, and the Mercury, a Gemini, and Apollo astronauts became my heroes. Now I have deed to that list. Fabulous read. Keep dreaming ... and as Snoopy already said: ?Ad Astra!? :) ...
  • Howard
    Apr 11, 2018
    This was a good book with some nice details that I had not heard before. But, and it is an important but, the author's employer becomes obvious the closer to the end of the book that you get. Mr. Davenport works for the Washington Post and clearly is not going to say anything negative ...
  • 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
    Apr 02, 2018
    If you are picking up this book, I suspect you are a space enthusiast. You?ll love the book! If you are not a space enthusiast but admire the Billionaire Barons fueling the new golden age of space ... you?ll also enjoy the book. The author does a great job of weaving together the s...
  • 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...
  • Chris
    Mar 27, 2018
    This is about the shift of space travel and to some extent space exploration to private corporations and away from governments. The author does a good job of introducing the people who are behind the private sector push to fill the void left by decreasing NASA budgets and ever-changing...
  • Alex Devero
    May 20, 2018
    The Space Barons offers the reader a sneak peek into how some of the world's wealthiest individuals are commercializing space. It shows how these individuals are competing against each other, in a good sense, in the race to be the leaders of the emerging space industry. This book is fu...
  • 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...
  • Orest Bodnar
    Apr 13, 2018
    Great insights into the history of high-profile billionaires pursing their dreams and spending their money on rockets. Would have been nice if he contrasted their pursuits with the likes of Bill Gates and his pursuit to make a better world by donating much of his fortune to charity. A ...
  • Theresa
    Mar 28, 2018
    4.75/5? ...
  • Karen
    May 13, 2018
    TEAM ELON. That is all. ...
  • Charlotte
    May 02, 2018
    An enjoyable and enlightening read, but the repetition becomes a little tedious. I learned some new things, even as a former "expert" in this field; however, some of the facts mentioned in the book are completely unverifiable, or at least I've failed to find them online. I've tweeted t...
  • Dennis Cahillane
    May 08, 2018
    Lots of great new information even for a close follower of these companies/people like I am, wonderful writing lacking the usual haughtiness I expect from journalists covering for profit businesses. ...
  • 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...
  • Baron Sekiya
    Apr 04, 2018
    A good read about the beginnings of the privatized space industry. The last part of the book will never be satisfying since the industry is moving so fast it makes the end seem dated. Still great background on the industry. ...
  • Te Riu Warren
    Mar 29, 2018
    Interesting collection of anecdotes about the new space entrepreneurs. Lacks general cohesion, but an enjoyable read regardless. ...
  • 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...
  • Vincent Archer
    Apr 19, 2018
    A quick and enjoyable read on the big 3 (4 really, but no one hears anything about Allen). If anything is going to define the 21st century, it's probably the rise of the commercial human space sector. We're still in the early stages, and none of the titular Space Barons have done it...
  • Karthik
    Apr 08, 2018
    Christian did a great job writing this book. It follow Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Virgin Galactic. He also talks about Paul Allen's efforts too. It was a quick read, and kept my attention. I have some serious respect for Blue Origin now. Musk and Bezos have a very different approache...