Five books Bill Gates would like you to read next year
The internet has brought us online courses, video lectures and pod casts to make learning more interesting, but Bill Gates, the world's richest man by a wide margin, still prefers to pick up a book to learn about a new topic, he writes on his blog.
Gates says he has “read about a book a week“ since he was a child, including the entire set of his parents' World Book Encyclopaedias. And he has recommendations for other keen readers based on his own reading this year. “They cover an eclectic mix of topics--from tennis to tennis shoes, genomics to great leadership. They're all very well written, and they all dropped me down a rabbit hole of unexpected insights and pleasures.“
1 String Theory, by David Foster Wallace
“This book has nothing to do with physics, but its title will make you look super smart if you're reading it on a train or plane.“ Gates says it is a collection of five of Wallace's best essays on tennis, “a sport I gave up in my Microsoft days and am once again pursuing with a passion“.
2 Shoe Dog, the memoir by Phil Knight
who co-founded Nike, “is a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like: messy, precarious, and riddled with mistakes.“ Gates says Knight is reserved in his social interactions but in the book he “opens up in a way few CEOs are willing to do.“
3 Then there's The Gene
by Pulitzer winner Siddhartha Mukherjee whose The Emperor of All Maladies was a bestseller. “Mukherjee guides us through the past, present and future of genome science, with a special focus on huge ethical questions that the latest and greatest genome technologies provoke.“
4 The Myth of the Strong Leader
by Archie Brown makes it because it has an important lesson for our time: “leaders who make the biggest contributions to history and humanity generally are not the ones we perceive to be `strong leaders'. Instead, they tend to be the ones who collaborate, delegate, and negotiate.“
5 The Grid, by Gretchen Bakke
which discuss es America's ageing electrical grid, rounds off the best-five as one of the “books about mundane stuff that are actually fascinating.“
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