Now we know what books are on Bill Gatesâ€˜ nightstand, thanks to his summer reading list for 2020.
Gates posted his top five books, along with a few extras (about meditation, memory, and Mars), on his site GatesNotes. He also added some movies and TV shows heâ€™s been enjoying, as well as the tidbit that he plays online bridge with tycoon Warren Buffett.
Here are Gatesâ€™ ideas for some good beach reads (though youâ€™ll maybe have to sit in front of a tropical screensaver instead of visiting the real deal).
The New York Times called this 2017 book a â€œmind-blowing memoir.â€ The Auschwitz survivor became a therapist, and she wrote about how healing her patients helped her deal with her own trauma. â€œHer unique background gives her amazing insight, and I think many people will find comfort right now from her suggestions on how to handle difficult situations,â€ Gates wrote.
This 2004 novel (which later became a movie starring Tom Hanks, et al.) is a set of interwoven stories set in myriad times and places. By the time David Mitchell brings them all together, you canâ€™t â€œbear the journey to end,â€ according to A. S. Byatt. â€œBut if youâ€™re in the mood for a really compelling tale about the best and worst of humanity, I think youâ€™ll find yourself as engrossed in it as I was,â€ Gates said.
This 2019 book from Bob Iger was part of his swan song as he retired as CEO of Disney. Now, heâ€™s returned as the company weathers the pandemic. Gates calls it, â€œone of the best business books Iâ€™ve read in several years.â€
A lot of people are reading (or rereading) this 2004 nonfiction book from historian John M. Barry. At the time, the Kirkus review called it, a â€œmajestic, spellbinding treatment of a mass killer.â€ Gates agrees: â€œBarry will teach you almost everything you need to know about one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history.â€
Two Nobel-winning economists wrote this 2019 book, which looks at trade, immigration, universal basic income, and automation. Big issues, but according to Gates, â€œFortunately for us, theyâ€™re also very good at making economics accessible to the average person.â€