Billionaire Bill Gates reads about 50 books a year. Every December, out of these 50 books, he chooses the best five.
“My list is pretty eclectic this year,” said Gates in her blog, Gates Notes.
“From a manual of meditation to autonomous weapons and a thriller for the fall of a once promising company, there is something for everyone.” For a productive start in 2019, open one of Gates’ favorite books this holiday season.
“Educated” by Tara Westover
In this memoir, Tara Westover reflects her childhood as the youngest of the seven children raised in the home of fundamentalist Mormons in Idaho. Her father has believed in the isolation of the family from society, including in health and education systems, so she has not entered the classroom up to 17 years of age.
“The process of self-disclosure of Tara is beautifully displayed in” Educated, “says Gates. “This is a book I think everyone would appreciate, no matter what genre they usually read.”
Paul Sharre’s “Army of No” by Paul Sharre
This is a “provocative glance at the AI on the battlefield,” Gates says.
“This is an extremely complex topic,” he says, but Shar, a Pentagon defense expert and former American ranger, “offers clear explanations and presents the advantages and disadvantages of mechanized war.”
“Bad Blood” by John Carrirou / “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou
John Carriow is the reporter who, in 2015, began to reveal the scandal that ultimately took off the multi-million-dollar Theranos. In “Bad Blood” he describes in detail the rise and fall of the company, as well as details of its founder Elizabeth Holmes.
“The story is even more dramatic than I expected, and it turned out I could not stop reading it after I started,” says Gates.
“This book has everything: complex scams, corporate intrigue, stories about broken family ties, and the collapse of a company worth nearly $ 10 billion.”
“21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yaval Noah Harari / “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari
Gates is a great fan of the historian and author Noah Harari, who also wrote “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus,” and Harari’s latest book is a new favorite.
“While” Sapiens “and” Homo Deus “cover the past and the future respectively, this book is all about the present,” says Gates. “21 Lessons” offers a useful framework for handling news and thinking about the challenges we face. “
Andy Puddicombe’s ” Meditation Guide ” / “The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness” by Andy Puddicombe
“Now I see that meditation is just a brain exercise, like the way we exercise our muscles when we exercise,” says Gates. If you are new to matter, this book by the former Buddhist monk and founder of the Headspace Andy Puddicombe application offers an excellent introduction.
Puddikombe is “the man who made me skeptical to a believer,” Gates says.
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