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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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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
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
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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
A History of the United States
Jill Lepore - Oct 01, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Widely hailed for its “sweeping, sobering account of the American past” (New York Times Book Review), Jill Lepore’s one-volume history of America places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—“these truths,” Jefferson called them—political equality, n...
Bill Gates
May 01, 2019
I loved the book and hope lots of people read it. In keeping with its title, it’s the most honest account of the American story I’ve ever read, and one of the most beautifully written.     source
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The Moment of Lift
How Empowering Women Changes the World
Melinda Gates - Apr 23, 2019
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A debut from Forbes' third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women's empowerment.For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission. Her goal, as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. ...
Bill Gates
Apr 08, 2019
I would say this even if I weren’t married to the author: The Moment of Lift is a terrific read.     source
The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society
Nicholas A. Christakis MD - Mar 26, 2019
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For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. Beneath all of our inventions -- our tools, farms, ma...
Bill Gates
Apr 01, 2019
In his terrific book Blueprint, Christakis explains that humans have evolved to work together and be social. Although this instinct originally developed because it made us more likely to live longer, our need to form groups has had a huge impact on human history.     source
Army of None
Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
Paul Scharre - Mar 12, 2019
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The era of autonomous weapons has arrived. Today around the globe, at least thirty nations have weapons that can search for and destroy enemy targets all on their own. Paul Scharre, a leading expert in next-generation warfare, describes these and other high tech weapons systems—from Israel’s Harpy drone to the American submarine-hunting robot ship ...
Bill Gates
Dec 03, 2018
Unfortunately, my first attempt to educate myself on autonomous weapons was a bust. I read a book that was dry and felt really outdated. Then a few months ago I picked up Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, by Paul Scharre. It’s the book I had been waiting for. I can’t recommend it highly enough.     source
A Memoir
Tara Westover - Feb 20, 2018
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Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's ...
Bill Gates
Dec 03, 2018
I thought I was pretty good at teaching myself—until I read Tara Westover’s memoir Educated. Her ability to learn on her own blows mine right out of the water. I was thrilled to sit down with her recently to talk about the book.     source
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Origin Story by David Christian
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Nine Pints by Rose George
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Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
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Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
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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
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Heart by Maylis De Kerangal
Energy Transitions by Vaclav Smil
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A Full Life by Jimmy Carter
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
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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
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The Road to Character by David Brooks
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The Power to Compete by Hiroshi Mikitani
The Idealist by Nina Munk
What If? by Randall Munroe
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Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
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Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
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