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Here’s What Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read This Summer

Here’s What Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read This Summer

6/14/2021 9:10:00 PM

Here’s What Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read This Summer

From Obama’s memoir to the “downfall” of a great American company, the billionaire’s latest literary picks focus on “what happens when people come into conflict with the world around them.”

On Monday, Gates released his annual summer reading list in a post on hisGatesNotes blog. “I find myself reaching for books about the complicated relationship between humanity and nature,” he wrote, theorizing that his choices were influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic and his work on preventing climate change. “Whatever the reason, most of the books on my summer reading list this year touch on what happens when people come into conflict with the world around them.”

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In contrast with his, which was all nonfiction, Gates includes one novel this time around, hoping “at least one [of these books] will spark your interest this summer.”Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electricby Thomas Gryta. This deep dive into General Electric’s “downfall,” as Gates describes it, offers an “unflinching look” at the “mistakes and missteps” made by the once-storied company’s leadership. “

Lights Outfinally gave me many of the answers I was seeking” as to how “a company as big and successful as GE could fail,” Gates writes. He recommends it as a learning opportunity for anyone in a leadership role.Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

by Elizabeth Kolbert. Gates describes this nonfiction read by Kolbert, a longtime staff writer atThe New Yorker, as the “most direct” example of “human versus nature,” which details a variety of methods—including a type of genetic engineering and geoengineering (large-scale efforts to manipulate climate systems to prevent climate change)—in which people directly interfere with the outdoors. “Like all of her books, it’s an enjoyable read,” he says.

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