One of the richest men in the world has compiled a list of his top five books to read this summer. While sharing her list, the 66-year-old warned that the subject matter she covers can feel quite heavy for holiday reading.
The list suggested by Gates consists of books on gender equality, political polarization, climate change and the “hard truth that life never turns out the way young people think”.
The list includes books by three novelists, a journalist, and a scientist who were able to “take a meaty subject and make it compelling without sacrificing complexity.”
“I loved all five of these books, and I hope you find something here that you enjoy too,” Gates said.
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Here are the top five books on Gates’ must-have list.
“The Power” by Naomi Alderman
According to Gates, Alderman’s book “cleverly uses a single idea – what if all women in the world suddenly gained the power to produce deadly electric shocks from their bodies? – to explore gender roles and gender equality. genders.”
The book helps the billionaire gain “a stronger, more visceral sense of the abuse and injustice that many women face today.”
“Why We’re Polarized” by Ezra Klein
The business mogul says the book is fundamentally about American politics, but it’s also a fascinating look at human psychology.
“I’m generally optimistic about the future, but one thing that clouds my outlook a bit is the growing polarization in America, especially when it comes to politics,” Gates said.
“The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles
When listing this book, the philanthropist said he liked this follow-up novel more than Towles’ “A Gentleman in Moscow,” which was on his 2019 summer book list.
Set in 1954, the book tells the story of two brothers who attempt to drive from Nebraska to California to find their mother, but their journey is disrupted by an unstable teenager from the older brother’s past.
“Ministry for the Future” by Kim Stanley Robinson
Gates revealed that when he was promoting his book on climate change in 2021, many people suggested he read “The Ministry for the Future” by Kim Stanley Robinson.
“…a number of people have told me that I should read this novel, because it dramatizes many issues that I have written about. I’m glad I chose it, because it’s terrific,” said 66 year old man.
The businessman applauded the author for presenting a thought-provoking and engaging story on a complex topic.
“It’s so complex it’s hard to summarize, but Robinson presents a thought-provoking and engaging story, spanning decades and continents, filled with fascinating ideas and people,” he added.
“How the World Really Works” by Vaclav Smil
For Gates, this book by Smil, one of his favorite authors, is nothing less than a “masterpiece”.
“If you want a brief but in-depth training in numerical thinking about many fundamental forces that shape human life, this is the book to read. It’s a tour de force,” Gates said.
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