Bill Gates has apparently been a big reader all along, even during his Microsoft days. On his site, Gates Notes, he writes, “I’ve been reading about a book a week on average since I was a kid. Even when my schedule is out of control, I carve out a lot of time for reading.” And periodically he publishes a list of his favorite reads.
He continues: “If you’re looking for a book to enjoy over the holidays, here are some of my favorites from this year. They cover an eclectic mix of topics—from tennis to tennis shoes, genomics to great leadership. They’re all very well written, and they all dropped me down a rabbit hole of unexpected insights and pleasures.”
The list includes String Theory by David Foster Wallace; The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee; The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age by Archie Brown; The Grid by Gretchen Bakke, and Shoe Dog by Phil Knight.
Head to Gates Notes to find out what particularly made each book near and dear to his heart.
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