My week has mainly been taken up with coverage of the tragedy unfolding in Gaza. The death toll in the Strip – overwhelmingly made up of innocent civilians with young people being disproportionately affected, just as in Hamas’s attack on Israel – is rising with unbearable rapidity. And any hope of a peaceful resolution to the Israel-Palestine question has in all probability disappeared for another generation as what looks like a devastating land war gets
started in the face of dwindling international support.
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If the publication of Walter Isaacson’s substantial biography of Elon Musk has proved anything beyond doubt, it is that Musk is a seriously weird dude.
In tracing the path that has taken Musk from his rough-and-tumble South African childhood, to the giddy world of turn-of-the-millennium Silicon Valley, and on to becoming the world’s richest man, Isaacson has uncovered new information about his subject. He provides an efficient account of Musk’s astonishing success as a technological entrepreneur.
But as Matthew Ricketson argues in his thorough appraisal of Isaacson’s book, there is also an unreflective quality to the biography that prevents it from addressing some of the larger issues.