Five Books Bill Gates recommends you to read
Bill Gates with his recommended books | gatesnotes.com
The philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recommended a wide range of books for the reading-enthusiasts while being at home during COVID-19 pandemic. He consistently helped to uncover great books to the public by writing reviews of new books and recommending a summer book list. This time, his recommendation ranges from business to fiction and economics to memoir. While sharing he mentioned, “Whether you’re looking for a distraction or just spending a lot more time at home, you can’t beat reading a book.” Here are the 2020 summer book recommendations:
The Choice” by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
This book is partly a memoir and partly a guide to processing trauma. Eger was only sixteen years old when she and her family got sent to Auschwitz. She survived the unbelievable horrors. When the camp is finally liberated, she is pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive. Gates believe that many people will find comfort now from her suggestions on how to handle difficult situations.
“Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell.
This is a fiction and involves six inter-related stories that take place centuries apart. Along the way, the author reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky. Gates mentions that it is really compelling tale about the best and worst of humanity.
“The Ride of a Lifetime” by Robert Iger
In 2005, Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company during a difficult time and continued till 2020. During Iger’s tenure, Disney broadened the company’s roster of intellectual properties and its presence in international markets. Gates mentioned, “This is one of the best business books I’ve read in several years. Iger does a terrific job explaining what it’s really like to be the CEO of a large company. Whether you’re looking for business insights or just an entertaining read, I think anyone would enjoy his stories about overseeing Disney during one of the most transformative times in its history.”
“The Great Influenza” by John M. Barry.
At the height of WWI, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. Gates mentioned that it will teach us almost everything we need to know about one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history.
“Good Economics for Hard Times” by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo.
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, MIT professor, and Esther Duflo, his wife and also an MIT professor, won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2019 for their study into how to alleviate poverty worldwide. Gates wrote, “Fortunately for us, they’re also very good at making economics accessible to the average person. Their newest book takes on inequality and political divisions by focusing on policy debates that are at the forefront in wealthy countries like the United States.”