Bill Gates posted his annual summer reading list for 2021 on his blog GatesNotes. This year, the billionaire said that the theme of his books is the relationship between Humanity and nature. “Maybe it’s because everyone’s life has been turned upside down by Covid-19. Or maybe it’s because I’ve spent so much time this year talking about what we need to do to avoid a climate catastrophe, “wrote the Microsoft co-founder.
Four of the five books recommended by the entrepreneur are non-fiction, but all deal with “the conflict between men and the world around them”. Two selected works deal with the environment, “Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric” examines the bankruptcy of a large American company and “An Elegant Defense” by Matt Richtel addresses the immune response to virus. A very current scientific study.
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Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land”
Published in November 2020, “A Promised Land” (“A Promised Land” in VO) are memoirs that begin with the beginning of Barack Obama’s career and go until the assassination of Osama bin Laden in 2011. ” I think it’s a powerful book with a lot of ideas on leadership, ”Bill Gates said in a video.
In his reading list, the Microsoft founder added that Obama was “surprisingly honest about his White House experience, admitting how scary it is to be the one with the last laugh.” “I wish more politicians could write like Obama. ‘A Promised Land’ reads almost like a novel, because he’s so good at connecting every event and making it a big story,” Bill Gates wrote. .
“An Elegant Defense: The extraordinary new science of the immune system: A Tale in Four Lives” de Matt Richtel
Bill Gates thinks “An Elegant Defense” is a good book for anyone looking for answers on how and why the coronavirus pandemic spread (although the book has was published in March 2019). Matt Richtel bases his story on the study of four individuals with health problems. These cases illustrate how the immune system works. “You will come away with a much better understanding of the awe-inspiring complexity of our immune system and the delicate tradeoffs inherent in how it works,” Bill Gates said in his review of the book.
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“Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric” de Thomas Gryta et Ted Mann
“Lights Out” traces the rise and fall of General Electric, which Bill Gates calls “legendary.” The entrepreneur says he was shocked when the business collapsed. “Sometimes it was a little hard for me, as a former CEO, to read such harsh criticisms of my fellow executives, including people I know and appreciate. this book has given me a lot. Thomas Gryta and Ted Mann gave me the detailed overview I was looking for into the culture, decisions and accounting that precipitated the fall of the General Electric empire. “
“Under a White Sky” d’Elizabeth Kolbert
According to Bill Gates, of all the books on his list, “Under a White Sky” addresses humanity’s relationship with nature in the most direct way. The book gives many examples of how Mankind has unintentionally altered the environment. The founder of Microsoft read it to get the author’s opinion on two topics in particular: “gene drive”, the idea that we can change the way genes are transmitted, and the geoengineering that groups together methods aimed at cooling the Earth’s temperature.
“As I would expect from Elizabeth, she explains gene drive and geoengineering in a compelling and lucid way,” said Bill Gates. Elizabeth Kolbert’s latest book, “The Sixth Extinction,” won her a Pulitzer Prize in 2015.
“The World Tree” by Richard Powers
“L’Arbre Monde” (“The Overstory” in their original version) is the only novel on Bill Gates’ reading list and he describes it as “one of the most unusual books he has read in years” . The author explores our relationship with trees through nine characters whose stories intertwine. “The outcome is not very clear. Some characters come together and others have totally separate stories. At the end of the day, you don’t know if you’re supposed to view their actions as morally correct or just a little bit crazy.” , notes Bill Gates.
“This lack of clarity didn’t bother me, but other people might regret it. If you fancy reading a novel whose fall offers some openness and can be interpreted in different ways, you’ll love The Overstory It is very well written and takes unexpected turns, ”he added.
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