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2016-06-15 06:00
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Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceXand the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Author: Ashlee Vance
THIS book, about the rise of Elon Musk, the South African-born face of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, deals with how he turned two difficult frontiers (electric cars and space exploration) into billion-dollar ventures apiece. It also attempts to explain Musk’s famous (or infamous, depending who you ask) relationship with his employees, someone who does not shy away from manual labour, but who also has zero tolerance for incompetence, and will waste no time in rectifying anything that stands between his companies and their (very grand) goals.
Favourite quote: “Someone pushed back from the table and argued that everyone had been working so hard just to get the car done, and they were ready for a break and to see their families. Elon said: ‘I would tell those people they will get to see their families a lot when we go bankrupt’.”

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless – Confessions of a Five-Star Beverly Hills Server

Author: Paul Hartford

Paul Hartford served for years in one of Beverly Hills’ most prestigious restaurants. While other books may conceal the names of its celebrities to prevent legal action, Hartford candidly recounts his highs and lows with the top names of Tinseltown. Read what happens when Russell Crowe and company pitch up late for dinner, or whether Johnny Depp is still peculiar off-camera.

More than just a gossip column on steroids, Hartford details the many changes that were made during his employment, leading to his frustration that, in the owners’ only care to cut costs, much of the magic was lost. - Omar Sayed.

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