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10 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read


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Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Gates is an incredibly busy man, but he always makes time to read.
“Reading books is my favorite thanks to studying a replacement topic,” he wrote on his blog, I have been reading a few books every week on the average since I used to be a child. Even when my schedule is out of control, I carve out tons of your time for reading.”

Aside from a couple of novels, the books he likes are mostly nonfiction, covering his and his foundation’s broad range of interests. tons of them are about transforming systems: how nations can intelligently develop, the way to lead a corporation, and the way social change can fruitfully happen.

Here are the titles he’s given glowing reviews which changed his perspective over the past several years.

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1- The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this—the most inspiring book 
I've ever read."



—Bill Gates (May, 2017)

“Pinker presents an incredible amount of evidence that humans have gradually become much less violent and far more humane,” he says, during a trend that started thousands of years ago and continued until today.

This isn’t just ivory-tower theory. Gates says the book has affected his humanitarian work.

“As I’m someone who’s fairly optimistic generally,” he says, “the book struck a chord with me and got me to brooding about a number of our foundation’s strategies.”

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2-Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

“One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates




In this book, the late Hans Rosling, a Swedish physician, academic, and shut friend of Gates, proposes 10 obstacles that prevent people from seeing the planet objectively. These include the fear instinct (the concept we pay more attention to scary things) to the gap instinct (the notion that the majority of people fall between two extremes).

“Hans gives you a breakthrough way of understanding basic truths about the world—how life is recuperating, and where the planet still must improve.

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3- Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

A captivating history of the universe – from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future.

Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day – and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence?




These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of “Big History”, the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we’ve come to know as “history”. By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together – from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond. With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, Origin Story boldly reframes our place in the cosmos.

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4- Sixth Extinction 

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW‘S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST




A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes

Over the last half-billion years, there have been Five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

 

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5- The Man Who Fed the World 

 

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6- Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street

Business Adventures remains the best business book I’ve ever read.” —Bill Gates, The Wall Street Journal

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.




Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. Longtime New Yorker contributor John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.

Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers . . . Business Adventures is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best.

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7- The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life

“One of the deepest, most illuminating books about the history of life to have been published in recent years.” ―The Economist




The Earth teems with life: in its oceans, forests, skies and cities. Yet there’s a black hole at the heart of biology. We do not know why complex life is the way it is, or, for that matter, how life first began. In The Vital Question, award-winning author and biochemist Nick Lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a solution to conundrums that have puzzled generations of scientists.

For two and a half billion years, from the very origins of life, single-celled organisms such as bacteria evolved without changing their basic form. Then, on just one occasion in four billion years, they made the jump to complexity. All complex life, from mushrooms to man, shares puzzling features, such as sex, which are unknown in bacteria. How and why did this radical transformation happen?

The answer, Lane argues, lies in energy: all life on Earth lives off a voltage with the strength of a lightning bolt. Building on the pillars of evolutionary theory, Lane’s hypothesis draws on cutting-edge research into the link between energy and cell biology, in order to deliver a compelling account of evolution from the very origins of life to the emergence of multicellular organisms, while offering deep insights into our own lives and deaths.





Both rigorous and enchanting, The Vital Question provides a solution to life’s vital question: why are we as we are, and indeed, why are we here at all?

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8- String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication.

An instant classic of American sportswriting—the tennis essays of David Foster Wallace, “the best mind of his generation” (A. O. Scott) and “the best tennis-writer of all time” (New York Times)
 
Gathered for the first time in a deluxe collector’s edition, here are David Foster Wallace’s legendary writings on tennis, five tour-de-force pieces written with a competitor’s insight and a fan’s obsessive enthusiasm. Wallace brings his dazzling literary magic to the game he loved as he celebrates the other-worldly genius of Roger Federer; offers a wickedly witty disection of Tracy Austin’s memoir; considers the artistry of Michael Joyce, a supremely disciplined athlete on the threshold of fame; resists the crush of commerce at the U.S. Open; and recalls his own career as a “near-great” junior player.

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9- HEART

One of Bill Gates’ “Five Best Summer Reads”

The basis for the critically-acclaimed film, Heal the Living, directed by Katell Quillévéré and starring Tahar Rahim and Emmanuelle Seigner

Albertine Prize Finalist

Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize and the French-American Foundation Translation Prize

Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. While driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. The doctors declare him brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating.

The Heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. In gorgeous, ruminative prose, it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved as they navigate decisions of life and death.





As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, The Heart mesmerized readers in France, where it has been hailed as the breakthrough work of a new literary star. With the precision of a surgeon and the language of a poet, de Kerangal has made a major contribution to both medicine and literature with an epic tale of grief, hope, and survival.

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10- How to Lie with Statistics

Over Half a Million Copies Sold–an Honest-to-Goodness Bestseller

Darrell Huff runs the gamut of every popularly used type of statistic, probes such things as the sample study, the tabulation method, the interview technique, or the way the results are derived from the figures, and points up the countless number of dodges which are used to full rather than to inform.

 

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