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Rocket Billionaires
Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race
By (author): Tim Fernholz
9781328592811 Paperback, Trade English SCIENCE / Space Science Mar 26, 2019 Print Run: 20000
$22.99 CAD
Active 5.42 x 8.06 x 0.9 in | 270 gr 336 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Mariner Books
Featured on NPR and PBS’sSciTech Now, and inFast Company,Forbes, and theWall Street Journal

The inside story of the new race to conquer space

For the outsize personalities staking their fortunes on spaceships, the new race to explore space could be a dead end, a lucrative opportunity—or the key to humanity’s survival.
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos take center stage in this fastâ??paced narrative as they attempt to disrupt the space economy and feed their own egos. We meet a supporting cast of equally fascinating entrepreneurs, from the irrepressible British mogul Richard Branson to the satellite internet visionary Greg Wyler.
Tim Fernholz’s flyâ??onâ??theâ??wall reporting captures an industry in the midst of disruption. NASA seeks to preserve its ambitious space program, traditional aerospace firms like Boeing and Lockheed Martin scramble to adapt to new competitors, lobbyists tussle over public funds, and lawmakers try to prevent this new space race from sparking global conflict. Fernholz spins this highâ??stakes marathon into a rivetingtale of rivalry and survival.

TIM FERNHOLZ is a reporter atQuartz and the host of theQuartz/Marketplace economics podcast,Actuality. He has reported on SpaceX since 2011 and was a Knight Journalism Fellow and a fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC.

Featured on NPR and PBS'sSciTech Now, as well as inFast Company,Forbes, andInverse.

“Provides smart analysis of the New Space sector as well as historical context about NASA’s triumph and failures.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Mr. Fernholz, a reporter at the website Quartz, provides the better organized narrative, centered on the private sector's quest to build reusable rocket technology.”—The Wall Street Journal


“Important and revealing . . . exciting.”—The Weekly Standard

“. . . fascinating biographical details about today’s space entrepreneurs . . . [Fernholz] does a good job of explaining the risks involved in the rocket industry.”—The Weekly Standard

“Pass[es] along shiny nuggets about the origins and evolution of the billionaires’ space dreams.”—GeekWire

“This book is exemplary journalistic work. Fernholz relates the story of these two self-made companies to the public in a non-biased way. It is evident on every page how passionate Fernholz is about this project and it really shows, yet he maintains an academic, non-intrusive journalistic voice. The narrative flows smoothly and is by no means elitist or exclusive.”—Infinite Text

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