Bill Gates just published his annual list of five books to read this summer, with the hope that some of your favorites can help the readers cope with the pandemic. “Most of my conversations and meetings these days are about Covid-19 and how we can stop the tide”wrote Gates in his website, Gates Notes. He and his wife, Melinda, have directed their foundation to commit $ 300 million dollars (mdd) to combat the coronavirus. “But they often also ask me what I’m reading and seeing.”
In the library multi-millionaire, has said before that he reads a book every week, nothing surpasses the pleasure of reading. Their choices are more recent include two reports: one written by a Holocaust survivor and psychologist of 92 years, dr. Edith Eva Eger, and the other written by the former CEO of Disney Bob Iger, who reflects on his years in the giant’s entertainment. For those who want to learn more about pandemics, Gates suggests the book by the historian John M. Barry, 2004 on the 1918 flu pandemic, which has risen to the bestseller list in the midst of the crisis of Covid-19.
For the first time, this avid reader, she also shared her favorite programs current, for those looking to eat new series. The Gates have recently seen the docuserie ‘Pandemic: how to prevent an outbreak’. Also have enjoyed several series popular, including ‘A Million Little Things’, ‘This Is Us’, and ‘Ozark’. Even, has recommended the BBC series of the 70’s, Claudio’s, which takes place during the Roman Empire, according to Gates.
These are the five recommendations for summer reading from Bill Gates:
Cloud AtlasDavid Mitchell
The novel Mitchell, follows six different characters, including an editor in London in the decade of 2000 and a young musician in Belgium in 1930, it seeks to find points in common between people through time and space.
“In a certain way, what the stories have in common is just as important as what makes them different,” writes Gates. “This is a great story about human nature and human values: the things that change and those that do not, for hundreds or even thousands of years.” (Tom Hanks and Halle Berry starred in the 2012 movie based on the novel of 2004).
The Ride of a Lifetime, Bob Iger
All of a sudden, Gates says he does not read many books on how to manage a business. However, the book of Iger is an exception, that Gates even recommended to the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella.
Iger takes readers through her journey as the leader of Disney since 2006 until the beginning of 2020, over the years more transformers Disney, which included the acquisition of the phenomenon of the comic book Marvel by 4,200 mdd of the giant entertainment Marvel, and your purchase of 4,100 mdd of Lucasfilm, owner of the franchise Star Wars.
“I think anyone would enjoy this book, whether you’re looking for business ideas or just want a good read of a humble guy who climbed the corporate ladder to successfully lead one of the largest companies in the world,” writes Gates.
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The Great InfluenzaJohn M. Barry
This sales success of The New York Times, 2004 is the recommendation of Gates for those who want to understand Covid-19 through the lens of the influenza pandemic of 1918 and to learn some leadership lessons.
“This time, we have many more tools at our disposal to create vaccines and effective therapies. But the science is even slower than what any of us would like, and put an end to this pandemic will require something more than a great science, “ writes Gates.
“It will also require a lot of political will, especially by encouraging social distancing and making sure that the scientific miracles are to propagate as much as the virus.”
Good Economics for Hard Timesof Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo
In his book, 2019, economists, Nobel Prize winners addressed policy debates in rich countries, including the united States. The couple faces issues such as immigration, inequality, and the trade from the economic point of view, what Gates says that is understandable to readers who do not have experience on the subject.
“Banerjee and Duflo use extensive data to zoom out and show us a broader view of these human dynamics. Your research is not hard science, such as chemistry or physics,” writes Gates. “But I found that most of it is useful and convincing.”
If you read the 5 best books of summer of the Gates and still have the time and the appetite for more of their recommendations, I suggest you to read some of your suggestions past: The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness from Andy Puddicombe, Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer, To a Gentleman In Moscow Amor Towles, The Rosie Trilogy by Graeme Simsion, and Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Allie Brosh.
While it is true that Gates is not an avid consumer of graphic novels, recommended The Best We could Do Thi Bui, and two works by the former engineer of NASA’s Randall Monroe-What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, and XKCD Volume 0.
By: Deniz Dense | Forbes Staff