The Space Barons by Christian Davenport

The Space Barons

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 frontierThe 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 a...

Details The Space Barons

TitleThe Space Barons
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Science, Space, Business, Technology, Biography, History

Reviews The Space Barons

  • Dee Arr
    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 mention others featured in the book: Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder), Burt Rutan (not a “Baron,” but important for his role), and Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Gro...
  • Nikki
    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 my life and go live on Mars to assist in terraforming. I’ve just always been interested in space, and space exploration and ultimately am a little resentful of t...
  • Ian
    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 – created start-up space technology companies that have added a new dimension to the space industry. The book predominantly features the pugnacious Elon Musk, th...
  • Chris Via
    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 expended (and sometimes exploded) along the way. Recent movies and books such as Interstellar (2014), The Martian (2011; 2014), and The Terranauts (2016) have begun to ...
  • Missy
    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. Davenport followed the same patten too many times: tell a bit of a story, introduce a new character, swing back in time to fill in some history of the character, then ...
  • Francis Tapon
    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 paved the way for the first American orbital flight just three months later.I’m a fan of space exploration and astronomy. I’m a even bigger fan of the privatization o...
  • Mal Warwick
    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. But neither book comes close to Christian Davenport's superb new book, The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos, in offerin...
  • Gary Moreau
    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: Burt Rutan, Mike Melvill, and a host of others.It’s a book of tales, not technology, and that’s great for most readers. And the stories and subplots are magnificen...
  • Kristiana
    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 approach fills in the gaps for me on what is going on in the different companies and how they came to be.I can’t imagine this is a satisfying read for someone who is...
  • Dylan Jeremiah
    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 hare" approaches by Bezos and Musk respectively. The narrative around Branson falls off about two thirds of the way through and isn't mentioned at the end despite b...
  • James Giammona
    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 Vance's book. Worth reading!
  • Nick
    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 back it went and how long it took to get to this point. The author also helped shine a light on some lesser-known companies like Blue Origin.Although the US-Russia s...
  • Todd McGlinchey
    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 colonization.
  • Yukari Watanabe
    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 compare with this book.
  • Alvin
    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 journalistic dash...hastily written and prepared feel.
  • Karen
    TEAM ELON. That is all.
  • Alf
    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 between them, with some focus also on Branson and Paul Allen. All in all an ok read, but those looking for new information will be disappointed
  • George Siehl
    I watched an interview with author Christian Davenport on the events section of www. 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 newspaper, Jeff Bezos (of Amazon fame), and Bezos' space business rival, Elon Musk. There are other deep pocketed space entrepreneurs in the cast, as well. Paul Allen and ...
  • Dan S
    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 impartial, I found his portrayal of his boss was pretty obvious in its favouritism. One example: when he writes about the lawsuit Musk filed against Bezos in 2014 for his att...
  • Steve Solnick
    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 to follow Davenport's plot. His strategy is to focus on the personalities - chiefly Bezos and Musk, with Branson as a strong supporting actor - and that's mostly eff...
  • Alex Devero
    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 full of interesting and insightful stories mapping the creation of space companies such as SpaceX (Elon Musk), Virgin Galactic (Richard Branson) and Blue Origin (Jeff...
  • Denise Morse
    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 Jeff Bezo's role in the race. The race is on, the setbacks have been real, the costs have been high but progress is being made. It is a fascinating read, especially...
  • Vincent Archer
    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 yet, but commercial-fueled manned space operations are coming, and you have a few colorful personalities to thank for that. This book is a quick summary of the short h...
  • Hella Comat
    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.Bezos' motto is Gradatim Ferociter - Step by step, ferociously - and the animal he identifies with, and is on his coat of arms, is the turtle. His other saying is "slow is smo...
  • Richard Hakes
    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 spaceships in their back yard and flown them have made TV or film. So it seems spaceships actually need $billions spent on them and teams of thousands over decades to a...
  • Denise Brown
    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 getting to the moon or Mars in the near future was a pipe dream , after reading this book you will feel the energy and drive that will surely make the US number one again...
  • Charlotte
    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 the author to ask questions (like, where did he get the word "stickiction?" What does it mean? His book is the only instance of it found. What chemical did Blue Orig...
  • Robert Foley
    Easily the best book I have read on the private space race. Both Jeff’s and Elon’s bios have some good sections and cover more of the personal element. The Space Barrens makes sure to cover all the major players as a head to head dog fight similar to tech companies fighting for market space - prime example being Google vs Apple vs Blackberry back in the early days. This book has a lot of the same elements as Rocket Men had with covering the A...
  • Karthik
    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 approaches, and this book explains their motivations. The fundamental difference between Blue and SpaceX? SpaceX needs to earn money to survive. They need to launch commercial s...