What Bill Gates say “A great read is the perfect gift: thoughtful and easy to wrap Plus, I think everyone could use a few more books in their lives”. That’s why each year we see some books recommended by Bill Gates..
And as most successful people will attest, Gates doesn’t just read anything; he is very selective about what he reads, since books are a gateway to learning, knowledge, and success.
Bill Gates said that reading is still the “main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.” He told he reads about 50 books a year. Published in The New York Times.
Here is the list of all 184 Books compiled by Quartz recommended by him during these year.
His list is pretty eclectic this year. From a how-to guide about meditation to a deep dive on autonomous weapons to a thriller about the fall of a once-promising company,
There’s something for everyone.
Here are five books as recommended by him:
1. 21 Lessons for the 21st century
by Yuval Noah Harari
He is a big fan of everything Harari has written, and his latest is no exception. While Sapiens and Homo Deus covered the past and future respectively, this one is all about the present. Gates liked this because 21 Lessons offers a helpful framework for processing the news and thinking about the challenges we face.
2. The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness
by Andy Puddicombe :
Gates remained unconvinced about the power of meditation until he met Puddicombe, founder of the app Headspace.
In an Interview he said “I’m not sure how much meditation would have helped me concentrate in my early Microsoft days, because I was mono maniacally focused without it,”
The book starts with Puddicombe’s personal journey from a university student to a Buddhist monk and then becomes an entertaining explainer on how to meditate.
If you’re thinking about trying mindfulness, this is the perfect introduction.
by Tara Westover:
Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho.
Gates Said “I never thought I’d relate to a story about growing up in a Mormon survivalist household, but she’s such a good writer that she got me to reflect on my own life while reading about her extreme childhood.”
4. Army of None
by Paul Scharre
Paul Scharre, a leading expert in emerging weapons technologies, draws on deep research and firsthand experience to explore how these next-generation weapons are changing warfare.
Gates Said “It’s an immensely complicated topic, but Scharre offers clear explanations and presents both the pros and cons of machine-driven warfare. His fluency with the subject should come as no surprise: he’s a veteran who helped draft the U.S. government’s policy on autonomous weapons.”
5. Bad Blood
by john carreyrou:
This book lays bare the personality cult, the culture of fear and intimidation and the unquestioning loyalty she demanded from every employee.
Gates Said “The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started.”
“This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.”
These are some of the books as recommended by Bill Gates.