Recently, Bill Gates has shared about the list of his favorite books that he’s read in recent years. The Books with so many topics ranging from tennis to warehouse strategies, Museum of Technology and political leadership. Let’s find out what books he suggests for readers and what benefits they bring.
1) “String Theory” – David Foster Wallace
The book “String Theory” contains 5 true stories recounted by David Foster Wallace, including his experiences and his his emotions when he had started playing tennis in Illinois in 1992 for the first time. This book also praises the tennis player, Roger Federer in 2006.
The book is so appealing to Bill Gates that he has now officially become a “fan” of Wallace. The book has given him a closer look at tennis that he previously thought was just a sport. The billionaire also shared, “You don’t have to play or watch tennis to love this book. David Foster Wallace, the late writer and skillful pen dancer, was just like Roger Federer holding a tennis racket.”
2) The book “Shoe Dog” – Phil Knight
The book “Shoe Dog” was written by the entrepreneur, Phil Knight, a book like an old story recalled by this businessman when he graduated. At that time, Phil had to borrow his father $ 50 to start a company that later became Nike brand that got the fame globally.
Through the book, entrepreneur Phil Knight has shown the truth behind business success. The road to success is messy, precarious and full of mistakes – just like how Bill Gates felt. In addition, Bill Gates added, the book is like a “sincere reminder” of entrepreneurs: mistakes and troubles are always necessary to achieve business success for young people who want to create a career and success in your life.
3) “The Gene: An Intimate History” – Siddhartha Mukherjee
The book “The Gene: An Intimate History” was written based on the experiences of the oncologist – Siddhartha Mukherjee. In the book, the doctor who is also the winner of the prestigious “Pulitzer Prize”, explains how scientists deal with the ethical issues of today’s gene technology.
The book “The Gene: An Intimate History” attracted the billionaire, because perhaps “Mukherjee wrote this book for amateur subjects knowing that new gene technology is deeply affecting us” as he shared.
4) “The Myth of the Strong Leader” – Archie Brown
The book “The Myth of the Strong Leader” was published in 2014, written by a political scientist with the topic of political leadership that has attracted a lot of attention from readers all around the world. According to Brown, the best political leaders are not the ones who show us the strength, but those who can negotiate, cooperate and be suitable for us to delegate power.
But billionaire Bill Gates felt that: Archie Brown has taken a deep look at the characteristics, trends of leaders to understand each person’s ego, the motives and their behaviors related to advancements as well as setbacks in the world. And Bill Gates appreciates the profound values that the book brings.
5) “The Grid” – Gretchen Bakke
Perhaps this is the book that Bill Gates likes best. It made him think about his first job. He stated: “Even if you never think about how electricity can get to your home sockets, I think this book will convince you that the electrical network is one of the greatest engineering perspectives of the modern world. I think you will also want to see why modernizing the grid is so complicated and why building a clean energy future is so important. ”
Gretchen Bakke’s book – “The Gird” is truly a gift to everyone.
6) An American Marriage – Tayari Jones
Set in the southern United States, the novel tells a deeply touching story about a black couple resisting incarceration as well as related issues. Bill Gates promised that, for readers who want something that stimulates thinking, “you’ll find yourself drawn into it despite the heavy problem.”
7) “Growth” – Vaclav Smil
Bill Gates said he was waiting for Vaclav Smil’s new book the same way people were waiting for the next Episode of Star Wars. Smil’s 39th book explores an urgent question: How to harmonize future development while preserving the planet’s long-term value? At times, Gates not only challenged Smil’s analysis, but also warned that some sections were like a scientific guide to the art.
8) “These Truths” – Jill Lepore
The 800-page book on American history is described by Bill Gates as “the most honest and sincere document about American history” he has ever read. Unlike other historians in this genre, Lepore uses diverse perspectives to expose all the country’s deep contradictions. This book fills the gap in all of American history stories which are not taught at school.
9) ‘Why we sleep’ by Matthew Walker
Bill Gates recounted his nights of caffeine-filled food during his early days at Microsoft, when he thought that a lot of sleep exhibited laziness. Mathew Walker, the director of the UC Berkeley Human Sleep Science Center, convinced Gates that he could suffer insomnia that would ruin his health. The book even made the billionaire change his sleep habits. For readers who want to live a healthier 2020, ‘Why We Sleep’ is a great start.
10) “Business Adventures” – John Brooks
In order to have great success, it is important for you to understand why businesses go ahead or fail. And the book “Business Adventures” will give you the most complete answer in both aspects.
“So far, more than two decades after Warren Buffet lent me this book, and more than four decades after it was first published, Business Adventures is still the best business book I’ve ever read. And John Brooks is the author of my favorite” Bill Gates shared about the book.
Reading is a good habit, you should form it now! Let’s Bill Gates contemplate the above books to feel the benefits of these books!