Bill Gates Just Said These Are Some Of His Top Five Favorite Books Of All Time
You are what you read.
Bill Gates is the fifth-richest person on the planet and co-founder at Microsoft. He releases his favorite book lists annually and seasonally. But on Monday, to celebrate the holidays, he wrote, Gates released a list of (some of) his five favorite books of all time, irrespective of when he read them.
” All five books are books I have recommended to family and friends over time,” he wrote on the blog.
” I hope you find something to read this winter,” he said. He said that Gates’s book list includes a book he enjoyed in middle school and one he recently read (the Bono memoir).
He gave the books categories of sorts, which are in quotes. Here’s the list:
1. Stranger In a Strange Land Robert Heinlein is the “best introduction to grownup science-fi”.
Gates said that he and his Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen “fell in love with Heinlein when we were just kids. “
The book is a 1961 science fiction classic that covers the journeys of Valentine Michael Smith from Mars and to Earth and his eventual establishment of a free-love commune on a post-third-world-war Earth. It is pro-peace and has some hippie trends.
The billionaire and philanthropist said he enjoyed the predictive nature of the book.
“I think the best science fiction pushes your thinking about what’s possible in the future, and Heinlein managed to predict the rise of hippie culture years before it emerged,” Gates wrote.
2. “Best memoir by a rock star”: Surrender, Bono.
Bono is the lead singer of U2, the Irish rock band, and published a memoir in November with Penguin Random House.
Even though you may not be a fan of U2, the Irish rock band, Bono wrote that it was a “super fun read” about how a young boy from Dublin became a well-known rock star and philanthropist.
Even though Gates says he is friends with Bono, he had not heard some of the stories in the book, he added.
3. Team of Rivals ,Doris Kearns Goodwin. “Best guide to leading country”: Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is a book about Lincoln’s rise to the presidency published in 2005. It was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and it inspired the movie Lincoln.
Kearns Goodwin is a famous presidential historian who taught a MasterClass about U.S. presidential history and leadership.
The book, “feels especially relevant now when our country is once again facing violent insurrection, difficult questions about race, and deep ideological divide,” Gates wrote.
4. “Best guide to getting out of your own way”: The Inner Game of Tennis, Robert Gallwey.
Gates is known for his interest in self-improvement through reading.
He says this book is a “must read” for tennis fans but that everyone can learn something from it, mainly, how your body affects your mind — i.e., the “inner game,” that you play with yourself.
5. “Best book about the periodic table”: Mendeleyev’s Dream, Paul Strathern.
This book, generally speaking, covers how the periodic table came to be. Gates wrote, “It’s an interesting look at how science has developed and how human curiosity evolved over the millennia.”