Bill Gates’ essential summer reads

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has shared the 5 books he’ll be reading over the summer, including a memoir, a corporate leadership read and a Pulitzer prize winner.

Posting on his personal blog, the billionaire has recommended five books which share a common theme, that being the idea of conflict between man and nature, unsurprising given Gates’ passion for solving the climate crisis and in the wake of the chaos caused by the pandemic.

Gates regularly publishes his reading lists, often recommending thought-provoking reads which have been recommended to him by someone he respects or which he says he was inspired to read after finishing another book on the same subject.

This latest collection is the third reading list he has offered during the pandemic, not including his 2020 summer picks shared last July with the editor-in-chief of Fast Company.

Here are the five books Gates included on his summer 2021 reading list:

  • A Promised Land — Barack Obama
  • An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives — Matt Richtel
  • Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric — Thomas Gryta and Ted Mann
  • The Overstory — Richard Powers
  • Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future — Elizabeth Kolbert

Gates hopes his suggestions will give readers the same food for thought they gave to him. Read his full blog here.


Posted by Alex Abdelaziz

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