Book review: Shadowing Elon Musk may have softened biographer’s viewpoint

At times a note of admiration creeps into Walter Isaacson’s book, but it’s by no means a hagiography – and feathers do fly in the chapters covering Twitter

Lacking empathy, Elon Musk has turned Twitter into ‘a toxic-speech cesspool’. Picture: NurPhoto via Getty

What’s the best way to sum up a divisive figure’s life? Surely being as objective as possible is a good start. Certainly, you should resist making jokes at your subject’s expense. Equally, in a world calling for this person’s head, you must faithfully depict whatever positive qualities led to their success in the first place.

Walter Isaacson is a biographer of figures ranging from Steve Jobs to Leonardo da Vinci. This time, despite having shadowed ...