What Bill Gates is Reading this Summer

The billionaire Microsoft cofounder’s latest picks include a memoir, a Pulitzer winner, and a corporate leadership read.

Gates publishes his reading lists on a regular basis. Similar to previous recommendations, he includes a handful of thought-provoking reads, which are either suggested by a respected peer, or which he became “inspired to read [after finishing another book] about the same subject.” This is the third list of book ideas the philanthropist has published during the pandemic.


The latest theme of Gates’s reading list focuses on the idea of conflict between man and nature. In a post on his personal blog, he concedes that the theme may be at the top of his mind owing to his dedicated interest in solving climate change, and because of the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.


So, what's he recommending? Here's his 5 picks:

  • Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric - Thomas Gryta and Ted Mann

  • Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future - Elizabeth Kolbert

  • A Promised Land - Barack Obama

  • The Overstory - Richard Powers

  • An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives - Matt Richtel

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