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Bill Gates is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.
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Breath from Salt
A Deadly Genetic Disease, a New Era in Science, and the Patients and Families Who Changed Medicine Forever
Bijal P. Trivedi - Sep 08, 2020
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Cystic fibrosis was once a mysterious disease that killed infants and children. Now it could be the key to healing millions with genetic diseases of every typefrom Alzheimer's and Parkinson's to diabetes and sickle cell anemia.In 1974, Joey O'Donnell was born with strange symptoms. His insatiable appetite, incessant vomiting, and a relentless cough...
Bill Gates
Dec 08, 2020
This book is truly uplifting. It documents a story of remarkable scientific innovation and how it has improved the lives of almost all cystic fibrosis patients and their families. This story is especially meaningful to me because I know families who’ve benefited from the new medicines described in this book. I suspect we’ll see many more books like this in the coming years, as biomedical miracles emerge from labs at an ever-greater pace.     source
The Splendid and the Vile
A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
Erik Larson - Feb 25, 2020
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On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and p...
Bill Gates
Dec 08, 2020
Larson gives you a vivid sense of what life was like for average citizens during this awful period, and he does a great job profiling some of the British leaders who saw them through the crisis, including Winston Churchill and his close advisers. Its scope is too narrow to be the only book you ever read on World War II, but it’s a great addition to the literature focused on t     source
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The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander - Jan 07, 2020 (first published in 2010)
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A tenth-anniversary edition of the iconic bestseller, with a new preface by the authorSeldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall ...
Bill Gates
Dec 08, 2020
This book offers an eye-opening look into how the criminal justice system unfairly targets communities of color, and especially Black communities. It’s especially good at explaining the history and the numbers behind mass incarceration. I was familiar with some of the data, but Alexander really helps put it in context. I finished the book more convinced than ever that we need a more just approach to sentencing and more investment in communities of color.     source
The Spy and the Traitor
The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Ben Macintyre - Aug 06, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War. "The best true spy story I have ever read."--JOHN LE CARR� If anyone could be considered a Russian counter...
Bill Gates
Dec 08, 2020
This nonfiction account focuses on Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB officer who became a double agent for the British, and Aldrich Ames, the American turncoat who likely betrayed him. Macintyre’s retelling of their stories comes not only from Western sources (including Gordievsky himself) but also from the Russian perspective. It’s every bit as exciting as my favorite spy novels.     source
Range
Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
David Epstein - May 28, 2019
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What's the most effective path to success in any domain? It's not what you think. ...
Bill Gates
Dec 08, 2020
In this fascinating book, he argues that although the world seems to demand more and more specialization—in your career, for example—what we actually need is more people “who start broad and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives while they progress.” His examples run from Roger Federer to Charles Darwin to Cold War-era experts on Soviet affairs. I think his ideas even help explain some of Microsoft’s success, because we hired people who had real breadth within their field and across domains. If you’re a generalist who has ever felt overshadowed by your specialist colleagues, this book is for you.     source
Prepared
What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
Diane Tavenner - Sep 17, 2019
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Diane Tavenner, founder of Summit Public Schools, offers a blueprint for a better way to educate our children, based on the revolutionary lessons, insights and methodology she and her faculty developed over 15 years at their famously successful charter schools in California and Washington, which she is now introducing to public school systems acros...
Bill Gates
Sep 12, 2019
Diane Tavenner’s book offers amazing tips on preparing kids for college, a career, and life.     source
Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Matthew Walker - Jun 19, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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“Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating book…Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and po...
Bill Gates
Jul 28, 2019
It took me a little longer than usual to finish Why We Sleep—ironically, because I kept following Walker’s advice to put down the book I was reading a bit earlier than I was used to, so I could get a better night’s sleep. But Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.     source
Growth
From Microorganisms to Megacities (The MIT Press)
Vaclav Smil - Sep 24, 2019
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A systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations.Growth has been both an unspoken and an explicit aim of our individual and collective striving. It governs the lives of microorganisms and galaxies; it shapes the capabilities of our extraordinarily large brains and the f...
Bill Gates
Jun 28, 2019
Vaclav Smil’s latest masterpiece.     source
An American Marriage
A Novel
Tayari Jones - Feb 05, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years f...
Bill Gates
Jun 28, 2019
I wouldn’t say An American Marriage is a light, easy read, but it’s so well-written that you’ll find yourself sucked into it despite the heavy subject matter. If you’re looking for something thought-provoking to read this winter, you should add this one to your list.     source
The Man Who Fed the World
Leon Hesser - Dec 04, 2019
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Norman Borlaug was the only person during the twentieth century who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for work in agriculture and food. There is no Nobel Food Prize, so the Nobel Committee chose Dr. Borlaug as the 1970 recipient of the Peace Prize based on his dramatic scientific breakthroughs and wheat production technology that relieved hunger in...
Bill Gates
Jun 20, 2019
I learned what’s possible in agriculture from studying a remarkable scientist named Norman Borlaug. If you’re curious about Borlaug and his breakthroughs, I recommend this article and a book called “The Man Who Fed the World.”     source
A Gentleman in Moscow
A Novel
Amor Towles - Mar 26, 2019 (first published in 2016)
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The mega-bestseller with more than 1.5 million readers that is soon to be a major television series He can't leave his hotel. You won't want to.From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility--a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed...
Bill Gates
May 20, 2019
You don’t have to be a Russophile to enjoy the book, but if you are, it’s essential reading. I think early 20th century Russian history is super interesting, so I’ve read a bunch of books about Lenin and Stalin. A Gentleman in Moscow gave me a new perspective on the era, even though it’s fictional.     source
These Truths by Jill Lepore
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
Blueprint by Nicholas A. Christakis MD
Army of None by Paul Scharre
Educated by Tara Westover
Upheaval by Jared Diamond
The Future of Capitalism by Paul Collier
Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Capitalism without Capital by Jonathan Haskel
Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Origin Story by David Christian
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender
Business Adventures by John Brooks
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella
Billion Dollar Whale by Bradley Hope
Tools and Weapons by Brad Smith
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Energy and Civilization by Vaclav Smil
Nine Pints by Rose George
Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
The New Science of Strong Materials by James Edward Gordon
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Measure What Matters by John Doerr
Tomorrow's Table by Pamela C. Ronald
I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong
Principles by Ray Dalio
The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
Believe Me by Eddie Izzard
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Epic Measures by Jeremy N. Smith
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Energy by Vaclav Smil
Heart by Maylis De Kerangal
Energy Transitions by Vaclav Smil
The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness by Andy Puddicombe
A Full Life by Jimmy Carter
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
The Vital Question by Nick Lane
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
String Theory by David Foster Wallace
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Box by Marc Levinson
Being Nixon by Evan Thomas
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe
Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air by Julian M. Allwood
On Immunity by Eula Biss
Harvesting the Biosphere by Vaclav Smil
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg
The Great Escape by Angus Deaton
Stress Test by Timothy F. Geithner
The Myth of the Strong Leader by Archie Brown
The Road to Character by David Brooks
The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
Eradication by Nancy Leys Stepan
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Power to Compete by Hiroshi Mikitani
The Idealist by Nina Munk
What If? by Randall Munroe
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik
How Asia Works by Joe Studwell
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Reinventing American Health Care by Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Tap Dancing to Work by Carol J. Loomis
Making the Modern World by Vaclav Smil
The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel
Interventions by Kofi Annan
The Bet by Paul Sabin
Should We Eat Meat? by Vaclav Smil
Prime Movers of Globalization by Vaclav Smil
Poor Numbers by Morten Jerven
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Change.edu by Andrew S Rosen
Getting Better by Charles Kenny
Awakening Joy by James Baraz
The Quest by Daniel Yergin
The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins
The Cost of Hope by Amanda Bennett
The Art of Being Unreasonable by Eli Broad
Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee
The Most Powerful Idea in the World by William Rosen
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin
A World-Class Education by Vivien Stewart
The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman
Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
That Used to Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman
Class Warfare by Steven Brill
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Fever by SONIA SHAH
The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
House on Fire by William H. Foege
SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
Life Is What You Make It by Peter Buffett
Academically Adrift by Richard Arum
Value-Added Measures in Education by Douglas N. Harris
Stretching the School Dollar by Frederick M. Hess
xkcd by Randall Munroe
Energy Myths and Realities by Vaclav Smil
In FED We Trust by David Wessel
Educational Economics by Marguerite Roza
Liberating Learning by Terry M. Moe
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air by David JC MacKay
Work Hard. Be Nice. by Jay Mathews
The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Polio by David M. Oshinsky
Creating the Twentieth Century by Vaclav Smil
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Jim Grant by United Nations
How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
One Billion Hungry by