When you think Bill Gates, you think Microsoft co-founder and big-time philanthropist. Now you can add to the list, book critic. This weekend, The New York Times profiled Bill Gates’ penchant for reviewing books on his blog, Gates Notes, and how (much like Oprah) when Gates gives a book a thumbs up, it moves copies. Many copies.
Above, you can watch a Gates-narrated video highlighting his five favorite books of 2015. It includes: 1.) Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe, which “explains various subjects—from how smartphones work to what the U.S. Constitution says—using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language and blueprint-style diagrams”; 2) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, a bestselling book that uses “clever research studies and engaging writing” to illuminate “how our beliefs about our capabilities exert tremendous influence on how we learn and which paths we take in life”; and 3) Sustainable Materials With Both Eyes Open, a book written by Cambridge researchers that explores the question, “How much can we reduce carbon emissions that come from making and using stuff?”. Other books on Gates’ short list includes David Brooks’ The Road to Character and Being Nixon: A Man Divided, by Evan Thomas.
You can find a number of Gates’ book reviews in the Books section of his site.
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