The Space Barons – By Christian Davenport

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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 Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, these Space Barons-most notably Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen-are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel, and send humans even further than NASA has gone. These entrepreneurs have founded some of the biggest brands in the world-Amazon, Microsoft, Virgin, Tesla, PayPal-and upended industry after industry. Now they are pursuing the biggest disruption of all: space.

Based on years of reporting and exclusive interviews with all four billionaires, this authoritative account is a dramatic tale of risk and high adventure, the birth of a new Space Age, fueled by some of the world’s richest men as they struggle to end governments’ monopoly on the cosmos. The Space Barons is also a story of rivalry-hard-charging startups warring with established contractors, and the personal clashes of the leaders of this new space movement, particularly Musk and Bezos, as they aim for the moon and Mars and beyond.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I first decided to read it. It was on last year’s Goodreads Choice Awards so I figured it was worth a try and that I might learn something.

In cause you’re wondering I didn’t really learn much. And I quit this book around 50 pages in. This book is ridiculous. The author is a fanboy of the worst kind, which not only made it annoying to read the book but also was just plain laughable.  He tried to make it sound like the men who are now interested in space were on some kinds of epic journeys, instead of just bored rich men.  And on top of it, he wasn’t even a good writer, the cliches had me rolling my eyes so hard I’m surprised I didn’t hurt myself. I was bored, annoyed and I’m pretty sure at one point I threw up in my mouth just a little.

This book was an utter waste of time and if you were considering reading this book, take my advice and don’t. I’m sure there are better books that we can all read. I gave this book 1 star on Goodreads.

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