Bill Gates’s best 12 reads


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Famous billionaire and inspiration to many Bill Gates is fond of books as well. There are books list down here that has made strong impact on him and that are suggested to people by him. 

Tap Dancing to work by Carol loomis is a compilation of articles and essays of Warren Buffet. while recommending this book, Gates claim, “Getting into the Buffet mind is an exceptional use of time.”

For making the modern world by Vaclav Smil Gates said “It might seem mundane, but the issue of materials how much we use and how much we need is key to helping the world’s poorest people improve their lives.”

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert discusses “Natural scientists posit that there have been five extinction events in the Earth’s history (think of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs),” Gates continues, “and Kolbert makes a compelling case that human activity is leading to the sixth.”

A book The Better Angels of Our Nature was written by Steven Pinker “Pinker presents a tremendous amount of evidence that humans have gradually become much less violent and much more humane,” he says, in a trend that started thousands of years ago and continued until this day.

Stress Test by Tim Geithner, for this book Gates says,”Geithner paints a compelling human portrait of what it was like to be fighting a global financial meltdown while at the same time fighting critics inside and outside the Administration as well as his own severe guilt over his near-total absence from his family.”

Gates has recommended The Man Who Fed the World by Leon Hesser, written for Norman Borlaug, the late biologist and humanitarian who led the “Green Revolution” a series of innovations that kept a huge chunk of humanity from starving.and says, “Although a lot of people have never heard of Borlaug, he probably saved more lives than anyone else in history.”

Business Adventures by John Brooks. once Gates asked Buffet about his favorite book back in 1991 and in reply Buffet sent Business Adventures. Gates said about this book that “the book serves as a reminder that the principles for building a winning business stay constant.”

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin, the biography uses the presidency as a lens for understanding the shift of society. “How does social change happen?” Gates asks in his review. “Can it be driven by a single inspirational leader, or do other factors have to lay the groundwork first?”

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, Gates’s wife recommended it to him and he said, “Anyone who occasionally gets overly logical will identify with the hero, a genetics professor with Asperger’s Syndrome who goes looking for a wife.”

For On Immunity by Eula Biss, Gates says, “She uses the tools of literary analysis, philosophy, and science to examine the speedy, inaccurate rumors about childhood vaccines that have proliferated among well-meaning American parents.”

How Asia Works by Joe Studwell, Gates says the book’s thesis based on successful development stories of Asian countries.

Lastly, for How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff, Gates says, Published in 1954, this book is an introduction to statistics and a primer on how they can be manipulated. “It’s a timely reminder, given how often info-graphics show up in your Facebook and Twitter feeds these days.”

Source: Business Insider