Bill Gates' Top Reads (List 4)
Bill Gates is a co-founder of Microsoft and is an avid reader. Take a look at his lists for some reading suggestions that may help shape you in ways you never imagined.
Phillip F. Schewe
The electrical grid may not be something you think about on a regular basis, but after reading this book, I guarantee you’ll think about it a lot more.
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This book looks at the developments in the 18th century that allowed technology and innovation to create platforms for even more invention.
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I’m mentioned in this book, on a subject I’m personally invested in—how business-modeled philanthropy can change the world.
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The beast of the title is medical technology—which brings great cost and ethical dilemmas, along with its great promise.
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If you're interested in the basics of physics, I recommend this book. It gives a good overview of the core principles.
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Jeffrey Sachs looks at a range of countries and provides a diagnosis for each, mapping a path out of poverty. It’s a very thoughtful book.
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Enriching the Earth: Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, and the Transformation of World Food Production (MIT Press)
Enriching the Earth is the history of fertilizer, which used to be a finite resource (poop), until they invented a synthesizing process.
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Paul Kennedy, author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won.
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I was encouraged by this analysis of how the global financial crisis could have been avoided—and how to prevent crises in the future.
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It’s amazing to me that a substance that is so clearly a public health risk continues to be so widely available. Smoking is pretty much a pandemic.
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Lester R. Brown
This examination of some immense environmental issues, and the politics that surround them, also explores how we can make effective changes.
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The “cats” in this book are boys who work as the crew on ships that sail across the world. I thought it was an unusual coming of age story.
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J. Craig Venter
It’s not only the story of a huge scientific achievement. I found it to be a very interesting story of a scientist’s career.
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A book about Doris Buffett, my friend Warren’s older sister; a great philanthropist and a truly kind-hearted person.
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Bill Gates Sr.
This book was written by my dad, so I may be partial, but I definitely recommend it as a how-to book for getting ahead in life.
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One of my favorite books. I’ve read it to my son. It’s really about the bargains we make with the world. How do we grow up?
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Who’s Teaching Your Children?: Why the Teacher Crisis Is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It
We need more qualified teachers in the United States. This book offers some ideas on how to address this serious issue.
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This book offers energy solutions for four major industries by 2050—with no fossil fuels or nuclear energy.
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Walter Isaacson is a good writer, and I enjoyed reading this book to learn more about the life of a friend and colleague I admired.
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Thomas J. Tierney
Everyone wants their giving to count, and I think this is a great resource if you want to be sure you are making good choices when you give.
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Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians
The creation of the atomic bomb changed world history and the way we view war and national security.
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Allan H. Meltzer
Has capitalism been a bad choice as an economic system, given the problems in recent years? The author says no.
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A really interesting history of the big medical and social challenges of making these life-saving treatments available to the public.
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I enjoyed this autobiography and really appreciated Agassi’s candor in sharing the story of his life, which was sometimes troubled.
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This is an interesting look at how some people become high-achievers. Disclaimer: I'm mentioned in the book.
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I found this to be a very detailed and engaging book about the Cuban Missile crisis, during the height of tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
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Another good book by Vaclav Smil: A collection of essays about all the forms of energy—all the forms—in our world.
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Richard P. Feynman
If these lectures had been available to me when I was growing up, I might have become a physicist. I really love them.
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Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System--and Themselves
Andrew Ross Sorkin
This look at the events that led to the 2008 U.S. financial crisis was written as if it were a thriller.
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What will the world be like when the U.S. is no longer the dominant global force? Fareed Zakaria explores that question.
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D. A. Henderson
This spellbinding book is Dr. Henderson’s personal story of how he led the World Health Organization’s campaign to eradicate smallpox—the only disease in history to have been deliberately eliminated. Some have called this feat “the greatest scientific and humanitarian achievement of the past century.”
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This is a fun book. I liked that it turns some quirky scientific inquiries into a way to understand some much deeper scientific theory.
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This book explores the concept of “mega-diplomacy” where leaders in business, technology and philanthropy, along with activists and church groups, work together to solve world problems.
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Offering a new understanding of the global nature of financial crises, Lords of Finance is a potent reminder of the enormous impact that the decisions of central bankers can have, of their fallibility, and of the terrible human consequences that can result when they are wrong.
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Mountains Beyond Mountains (Adapted for Young People): The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
In this book, author Tracy Kidder tells the story of Paul Farmer, who spent his life fighting infectious disease across several countries.
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Edward Teller was a member of the Manhattan Project, and this is his own story of his role in the creation of the hydrogen bomb.
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