Bill Gates Recommends Five Books for Summer

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates identifies five books worth reading this summer.
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  • 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.