Bill Gates traditionally shared his literary preferences with subscribers
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Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist and billionaire Bill Gates has traditionally shared his literary preferences with subscribers: The day before, he posted on his CNBC blog a list of five books he thinks are worth reading this summer.
“How the World Really Works” In this book, Canadian economist and environmentalist Vaclav Smil examines the issues that link human life to the global economy in terms of information management. According to Gates, the book by Smil, whom the billionaire previously called his favorite author, is excellent material for those who want to learn about the forces under which a person’s life is shaped.
“Lincoln Highway”. The 2021 novel by Courtesy and A Gentleman in Moscow author Amor Towles, whom Gates previously recommended, will give readers a different perspective on the long journey. And, Gates says, this novel will show that personal relationships are never as direct as the interstate.
“Why We Are Polarized”. This book is devoted to the problems of politics primarily within the United States. According to Gates, the book is very important to understand what is really happening in the United States, how certain forces have developed within the country, and why modern politics has become a tug-of-war.
Ministry of the Future. A fantastic novel by Kim Stanley Robinson about climate change, the death of millions of people and what humanity can expect very soon if it does not change its attitude towards environmental problems. By the way, in addition to Gates, Barack Obama gave this book a very high rating, calling it the best popular science novel he had ever read. Gates himself found some of the book’s theories intriguing, although he disagreed with some of the author’s assessments.
“Strength”. According to Gates, her daughter advised him to pick up Naomi Alderman’s novel and found it quite interesting. This is another fantasy in which the plot is based on the fact that several young women acquire the ability to shock others with an electric current. Later it turns out that it is possible to awaken such an ability in almost any human woman, and the era of rigid matriarchy begins: the redistribution of power and spheres of influence, the rise of a new religion, revolutions and other delights. However, Russian-speaking readers didn’t rate this book highly, calling it “a hybrid of ancient Greek mythology and the Marvel universe,” but the American billionaire probably knows better.
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