Bill Gates Recommends Five Books for Summer
Last Modified: 17/08/2018
Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates identifies five books worth reading this summer.
- 1I've read some fantastic books lately.
- 2Here are a few you might want to read this summer.
- 3Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
- 4Anything about Lincoln is interesting.
- 5I admire him and the tough things he faced,...
- 6...including having his son die being among the worst.
- 7And it is striking this balance between the tragedy of life and the joy of life.
- 8It's about grief and purpose and it's very touching.
- 9Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler
- 10You've got this one person who's sick...
- 11...and who is trying to figure out how they should deal with their bad news.
- 12You don't want to think of outcomes as just being random,...
- 13...you want to be able to connect them to something you control.
- 14She's not asking you to cry for her.
- 15She's just telling you what happened.
- 16Origin Story by David Christian
- 17The whole theory of Big History is to have a structure...
- 18...that makes it easy to understand and explain things.
- 19I think it helps people to have that understanding...
- 20...that now we have big blocks of knowledge,...
- 21...but the big blocks of knowledge relate to each other in a strong way.
- 22For me, this broad knowledge of how all the pieces fit together,...
- 23...you know, to me, that's interesting.
- 24Factfulness by Hans Rosling
- 25It's pretty fantastic...
- 26...because it really talks through how you should think about the world.
- 27For the first time in this book,...
- 28...he teaches you a categorization of four tiers that is super helpful.
- 29Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
- 30What Isaacson does is say what made da Vinci special.
- 31He's most known for his art...
- 32but he thought of himself as a military engineer and a scientist, and an expert on music,...
- 33...and so he really defines the term Renaissance man.