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...
  • 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 ...
  • Steve Solnick
    Jul 28, 2018
    Wonderfully clear account of the race to create the Pan Am of the space age. Full disclosure: I worked for NASA on private sector space utilization over 3 decades ago, so I'm not exactly new to the subject. I'm not sure if a completely uninitiated reader would find it quite as simple t...
  • 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 reviewed Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance, and The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone. Both books are well done. They're the product of professional journalists who are good at what they do....
  • 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...
  • Hella Comat
    Jul 11, 2018
    Great book about the billionaires who took up where NASA left off. Hats off to their sense of risk and adventure! Musk is the big talker who has endured some well reported and spectacular failures with his space endeavour SpaceX, as well as of course some incredible success. Bez...
  • 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...
  • Richard Hakes
    Jul 21, 2018
    The trouble with technology is that is is frequently a lot harder to achieve than to imagine. Remember Shelly's Monster, turns out connecting bits of people together and getting them to work is a lot harder than thought. This goes for spaceships, how many mad scientists have built spac...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Matthew Pacitto
    Sep 23, 2018
    I've had my head in the sand for years, while my generation's Space Race is happening. Right now! This time, it isn't a space race between two superpowers locked in a nuclear-powered Cold War. The crazy wealth generated by tech companies have created new billionaires, and these bill...
  • Karen
    May 13, 2018
    TEAM ELON. That is all. ...
  • 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...
  • Nakul
    Sep 23, 2018
    Since the start of this year, my interest in Space has grown and grown, ever since I saw a SpaceX launch happening in front of my eyes in Los Angeles. That Falcon 9 rocket lit up the sky, and got the whole city to stop still. What a sight it was. I'll never forget it. Space Barons i...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Denise Brown
    Aug 14, 2018
    Loved this book on the current space race This book is such a fascinating look at the richest men in the USA and their quest to conquer space. The insight into how they each operate and tackle the same goal shows the character of each of these amazing men. If you had doubts that ge...
  • Dan S
    Jun 13, 2018
    Davenport provides here a history of the burgeoning private space industry in the US, with the primary narrative focus on the rivalry between Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. Although the author acknowledges his affiliations with the Washington Post (owned by Bezos) and claims to be impart...