Books Reviewed by Bill Gates

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

- May 15, 2018

Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout. #1 New York Times Bestseller The Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg, now available as a beautifully packaged paperback From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanit... Read More

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

- April 26, 2016

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. In 1962, fresh out of business sch... Read More

Seveneves

- May 17, 2016

SEVENEVES was included on President Obama's Summer 2016 reading list. SEVENEVES was one of only five books recommended by Bill Gates as "must reads" for Summer 2016. Read More

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

- January 6, 2015

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful accoun... Read More

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

- October 29, 2013

Collects autobiographical, illustrated essays and cartoons from the author's popular blog and related new material that humorously and candidly deals with her own idiosyncrasies and battles with depression. Collects autobiographical, illustrated essays and cartoons from the author's popular ... Read More

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Moment of Lift

- January 12, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings—and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity. For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live.... Read More

The Road to Character

- September 13, 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • David Brooks challenges us to rebalance the scales between the focus on external success—“résumé virtues”—and our core principles. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millio... Read More

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Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

- March 17, 2015

An eye-opening adventure deep inside the everyday materials that surround us, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science What makes elastic stretchy? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? These are the sorts of questions that renowned materials scientist Mark Miodown... Read More

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

- February 21, 2017

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods. Over the past century hu... Read More

String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis: A Library of America Special Publication

- May 10, 2016

An instant classic of American sportswriting—the tennis essays of David Foster Wallace, “the best mind of his generation” (A. O. Scott) and “the best tennis-writer of all time” (New York Times) Gathered for the first time in a deluxe collector's edition, here are David Foster Wallace's legendary ... Read More

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Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street

- August 12, 2014

Presents twelve stories of success or disasters among prominent companies, including the disastrous Ford Edsel, the rise of Xerox, and the scandal at General Electric. Presents twelve stories of success or disasters among prominent companies, including the disastrous Ford Edsel, the rise of Xero... Read More

Mindset: How You Can Fulfill Your Potential

After more than 20 years of study on how an individual's mindset motivates success, Dweck shows how these mindsets profoundly shape achievements and relationships, and how a mindset can be applied to achieve success. After more than 20 years of study on how an individual's mindset motivates ... Read More

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism

- September 9, 2014

Focusing on the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft, revisits the Progressive Era during which Roosevelt wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupt money brokers only to see it compro... Read More

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The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life

- June 21, 2016

One of the deepest, most illuminating books about the history of life to have been published in recent years. The Economist" "One of the deepest, most illuminating books about the history of life to have been published in recent years." --The Economist Read More

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Biochemistry | Biology | Evolution

Elegant Defense, An: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives

- March 24, 2020

"A groundbreaking narrative exploration of the human immune system--the key to human health and longevity--from the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and acclaimed author of A Deadly Wandering"-- An Elegant Defense uniquely entwines these intimate stories with science's centur... Read More

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How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

- May 29, 2014

The columnist for Slate's popular "Do the Math" celebrates the logical, illuminating nature of math in today's world, sharing in accessible language mathematical approaches that demystify complex and everyday problems. The columnist for Slate's popular "Do the Math" celebrates the ... Read More

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Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind For 500,000 Years

- June 21, 2011

In recent years, malaria has emerged as a cause célèbre for voguish philanthropists. Bill Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are only a few of the personalities who have opened their pocketbooks in hopes of eradicating the scourge. How does a parasitic disease that we've known how to prevent for more th... Read More

Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, Updated with a New Preface

- February 23, 2001

Argues that illnesses such as AIDS and drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, and typhoid target poor communities. Argues that illnesses such as AIDS and drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, and typhoid target poor communities. Read More

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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

From the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams ('blueprints' if you want to be complicated about it) that show how important things work: from the nuclear bomb to the biro. It... Read More

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Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

- March 26, 2019

"A dazzlingly erudite synthesis of history, philosophy, anthropology, genetics, sociology, economics, epidemiology, statistics, and more" (Frank Bruni, New York Times), Blueprint shows how and why evolution has placed us on a humane path -- and how we are united by our common humanity. For too lo... Read More

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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

- August 9, 2016

In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it. Read More

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Reference | Microbiology

The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future

- July 26, 2016

A revelatory look at our national power grid--how it developed, its current flaws, and how it must becompletely reimagined for our fast-approaching energy future. A revelatory look at our national power grid--how it developed, its current flaws, and how it must becompletely reimagined for our fa... Read More

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The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age

CHOSEN BY BILL GATES AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016 Archie Brown challenges the widespread belief that 'strong leaders', dominate individual wielders of power, are the most successful and admirable. Within authoritarian regimes, a collective leadership is a lesser evil compared with a personal dictat... Read More

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The Man Who Fed the World

- December 5, 2019

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and his battle to end world hunger. An authorized biography by Leon Hesser - Foreword by Jimmy Carter. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger. Read More

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Should We Eat Meat?: Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory

- May 28, 2013

Meat eating is often a contentious subject, whether considering the technical, ethical, environmental, political, or health-related aspects of production and consumption. This book is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examination and critique of meat consumption by humans, throughout their evo... Read More

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