What other books is Bill Gates reading this summer? American billionaire recommendations


|
Views 1

In keeping with his annual tradition, Bill Gates has launched his Summer 2022 reading picks. This year’s collection includes books covering the impact of climate change, the power of gender, and causes of polarization in the United States. For fun, there’s also an adventure novel set in the 1950s United States.

The billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder did not focus on a single topic, as he did last year, when he wrote that his choices were affected by the pandemic. Gates praised many of this year’s papers for being relevant to modern issues of identity, power, and the state of the future.

Bill Gates admits that the themes of these books can be a little deep for those who like to read on vacation, but each of these authors have turned these complex topics into captivating stories and discussions.

Lincoln Highway: A Towles’ Love Novel

Gates praises fictional author Towells, saying, “It’s not a single pony. Like all great storytellers, it has a much broader scope.” The author of “A Gentleman in Moscow” – previously recommended by Gates – sets out on an epic journey set in 1954 along the Lincoln Highway.

Why We Are Polarized, a book by Ezra Klein

Gates likens the political opinions of anyone to his taste in card games. “As far as I know, we can be like oil and water once we start talking. But we both like bridge, and that makes me connect with someone.” The billionaire says the latest book by Ezra Klein — an editorial writer and podcast host for The New York Times — sheds light on the psychological aspects of the group mentality that defines contemporary American politics. At the forefront of polarization is political identity, says Klein, which over the past 50 years has fused with ethnic, regional, and ideological identities that have an impact on existing political institutions. Gates says this book is important to understanding what is happening in American politics today.

The Ministry of the Future, a book by Kim Stanley Robinson

The title of this novel refers to a fictitious subsidiary body tasked with implementing the binding international Paris Agreement on climate change. It is a story about science, political responsibility and ideas to save the future. The novel begins with a wave of heat and humidity in Uttar Pradesh, India, that killed 20 million people, which Gates described as “a scene as horrible as any you’ve read in a science fiction book,” which describes an event that could happen in the real world. Gates concludes that Robinson’s novel shows “the urgency of this crisis in an original way” and “gives readers hope” to guide the politics of tomorrow.

Power, a book written by Naomi Alderman

Gates says he bought this novel in 2016 at the suggestion of his daughter Jane. The Force asks, “What would happen if women suddenly had the ability to administer electric shocks in their bodies at will.” Following four characters—three of them women—with different gender experiences in different circles, institutions, and social settings—Alderman discusses the shift in control that leads to people’s hopes for a more equal world, the corruption of power that has followed brutal revolts, and physical and sexual violence. The billionaire says that after reading this book, he “gained on a stronger and more profound sense of the abuse and injustice that many women experience today” and that the hypotheses in this book are relevant in today’s conversations about sex.

How the World Really Works, book by Vaclav Smil

Gates said last year that Smil was his favorite author. In this book, famous Canadian environmental economist Smil explains seven phenomena that determine human survival and efficiency in a global information-based economy. How the World Really Works aims to summarize Smil’s studies on global agriculture, energy and production networks, as well as their relevance to community function and environmental impact. For those who want to learn about the forces that shape human life, Bill Gates says, this book is a great introduction. He also praised the book’s findings on economics and climate change, which are rooted in scientific data, adding that “although Vaclav has strong views on many topics, he eschews extremes.”

Leave a Comment