Author Walter Isaacson talks with Gov. John Bel Edwards during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week at Gallier Hall in New Orleans on Thursday, March 30, 2023. (Photo by Brett Duke, | The Times-Picayune)

A biography by New Orleans author Walter Isaacson detailing the life and rise of Elon Musk is set for release on Sept. 12, a New York publishing house announced Thursday.

The book, 'Elon Musk,' intimately follows Musk through his childhood in South Africa and into his ascension as one of the world's most controversial innovators at the helm of Tesla and SpaceX, publisher Simon & Schuster said in a press release. 

Isaacson, a bestselling author and professor of history at Tulane, shadowed Musk for two years in preparation for the book, attending his meetings and walking his factories, the publisher said. He spent hours interviewing Musk, his family, friends, coworkers, and adversaries. 

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"The result is the revealing inside story, filled with amazing tales of triumphs and turmoil, that addresses the question: are the demons that drive Musk also what it takes to drive innovation and progress?" the press release reads. 

Isaacson's other biographies include books about Jennifer Doudna, Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2023.