5 Books To Read This Summer By Bill Gates

What books does Bill Gates recommend for his summer?

Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

A work combining metafiction, historical fiction, contemporary fiction and science fiction.

Author: David Mitchell.
Published: 2004

The book consists of six nested stories; each is read or observed by a main character of the next, thus they progress in time through the central sixth story.

The first five stories are each interrupted at a pivotal moment. After the sixth story, the others are resolved in reverse chronological order.

The nested stories take the reader from the remote South
The protagonist of each section reads or observes the chronologically earlier work in the chain.

The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry

A 2004 nonfiction book that examines the 1918 flu pandemic, one of the worst pandemics in history.

Author: John M. Barry
Published: 2004

The book focuses on what was occurring in the United States at the time and attempts to place it against the background of American history and within the context of the history of medicine.

The book describes how the flu started in Haskell County, Kansas, USA, and spread to the U.S. Army training camp Camp Funston, Kansas, USA, and around the world through troop movements during World War.

Good Economics for Hard Times, by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

The book shows how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our day.

Author: Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Published: 2020

From immigration to inequality, slowing growth to accelerating climate change, we have the resources to address the challenges we face but we are so often blinded by ideology.

Original, provocative and urgent, Good Economics for Hard Times offers the new thinking that we need. It builds on cutting-edge research in economics - and years of exploring the most effective solutions .

The Ride of a Lifetime, by Bob Iger

Robert Iger shares the lessons he learned while running Disney and leading its 220,000-plus employees

Author: Robert Iger
Published: 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A memoir of leadership and success: The executive chairman of Disney, Time’s 2019 businessperson of the year, shares the ideas and values he embraced during his fifteen years as CEO while reinventing one of the world’s most beloved companies and inspiring the people who bring the magic to life.

The Choice, by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

One of the last remaining Holocaust survivors—tells her unforgettable story in this moving testament

Author: Dr. Edith Eva Eger
Published: 2018


Eger was only 16 years old when she and her family were taken from their home in Hungary and sent to Auschwitz. Eger survived and moved to the United States

The Choice is a reminder of what courage looks like in the worst of times and that we all have the ability to pay attention to what we’ve lost, or to pay attention to what we still have.

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