(CBS SF / CNN) – Elon Musk says he’s getting a new bio.
Bay Area-based CEO of SpaceX and Tesla tweeted wednesday that biographer Walter Isaacson will write the book. He hasn’t said when the book will be released.
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“If you’re curious about Tesla, SpaceX, and my general business, @WalterIsaacson is writing a bio,” Musk said on Twitter.
If you are curious about Tesla, SpaceX and my general business, @WalterIsaacson write a biography
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2021
Isaacson, professor of history at Tulane University, written biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger and Steve Jobs. His latest book – “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race” – is about the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who developed CRISPR gene editing technology.
Isaacson has served as editor of Time Magazine, CEO of the Aspen Institute, and CEO and chairman of CNN. He also contributes to “Amanpour,” CNN International’s world affairs interview program.
He did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Simon & Schuster, who has published several Isaacson books, also did not immediately answer the question of whether he would be involved in a biography of Musk.
Musk – the billionaire known for his bold style and outspoken presence – is a popular book subject.
This week, Wall Street Journal reporter Tim Higgins has published a book on Musk titled “Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Bet of the Century.” The book includes an anecdote claiming that Musk once suggested Apple CEO Tim Cook take over the management of the powerful American tech company.
In a tweet, Musk has denied that the interaction took place, adding that he and Cook “Never spoke or wrote to each other. “
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Cook and I never spoke or wrote to each other.
There was a time when I asked to meet with Cook to talk about Apple’s purchase of Tesla. No vesting condition has been proposed.
He refused to meet. Tesla was worth around 6% of today’s value.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2021
Higgins, the author, responded saying the founder of Tesla had had “lots of opportunities” to comment, adding that the anecdote came from “Musk’s own account of the conversation, according to people who heard the account at the time.”
Musk has had many opportunities to comment on this. He did not do it. This anecdote comes from Musk’s own account of the conversation, according to people who heard the account at the time. https://t.co/GRKZRBsaeR
– Tim Higgins (@timkhiggins) July 30, 2021
Musk’s 2015 biography “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by reporter Ashlee Vance, also included an explosive anecdote. Vance claimed, to an anonymous Tesla employee, that the tech entrepreneur once berated an employee who chose to attend the birth of his child at a business event. Musk denied at the time that such an event took place.
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