SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder and chief Elon Musk, pictured in 2013 in Los Angeles
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‘Elon Musk’, by Ashlee Vance

A riveting biography of Elon Musk charts the rise of Silicon Valley’s most driven entrepreneur since Steve Jobs. Review by Richard Waters

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‘Potsdam’, by Michael Neiberg

A crisp account of the talks that laid the foundations for Europe’s postwar recovery. Review by Tony Barber

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‘The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century’, by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

A journey through the work of the 17th-century polymath. Review by Ian Thomson

‘The Good Story’, by JM Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz

A novelist and a psychotherapist seek common ground. Review by Talitha Stevenson

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‘The Edge’, by Mark Urban

The shrinking advantage of the west over the rest

In praise of serious noticing

Two leading critics celebrate the intersections between literature and life. Review by Laurence Scott

‘Towards the Flame’, by Dominic Lieven

A history of tsarist Russia’s disastrous first world war puts aristocratic recklessness back at the centre of the story. Review by David Priestland

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‘The Lights of Pointe-Noire’, by Alain Mabanckou

The years away prove hard to bridge in the novelist’s artful Congo-Brazzaville memoir. Review by Suzi Feay

‘Misbehaving’, by Richard Thaler

Behavioural economics is yet to change the world. Review by Giles Wilkes

‘Scientific Babel’ by Michael Gordin

An anglophone triumph in the battle for science