What Bill Gates read this past summer
At Chet, we’re always looking for inspiration on what to read, watch, or listen to. There’s such a wealth of knowledge out there and it can feel overwhelming trying to decide on what to choose. That’s why we always look to some of the world’s leading minds to see what content they’re engaging with. In this post, we look at some of the books that Bill Gates has been reading over the past summer.
1. The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
This is an unbelievable story of perseverance and inspiration. Dr. Eger tells her story about being sent to Auschwitz at age 16, surviving the horrors of the Holocaust, and moving to the United States to become a therapist. Her life gave her perspectives and insights into trauma, how to confront them and ways to handle impossible situations. This book should serve as a beacon to anyone facing their own trials right now during difficult times.
2. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
This novel has become a classic of the fantasy and science fiction genres. The book masterfully interconnects six different stories that combine to tell a compelling tale. It serves as an escape from the world, but always has humanity at its heart. If you’re looking for a true immersive story, then look no further than this book.
3. The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger
Bill Gates describes this as “one of the best business books I’ve read in several years”. Iger details his time at Disney and gives us a unique insight into what it’s like being the CEO of one of the largest and most famous companies in the world. The book has both great business lessons and entertaining stories for anyone to enjoy.
4. The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
We’re obviously living through an unprecedented pandemic right now, but it’s not the first one to happen in human history. The 1918 influenza pandemic serves as a historical contrast that Barry delves into with great detail. This book is a great reminder that while many things have changed over the past 100 years, we still face many of the same problems that we faced back in 1918 and through human perseverance, we can prevail.
5. Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Written by the 2019 winners of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, this book makes the often complex subject of economics digestible to the average person. This book examines many economic concepts, notably inequality, political division, and current-day policy. For anyone looking to build up their knowledge on these topics, look no further than this book.
These books cover a lot of topics and should teach you and entertain you. We hope you find as much value in them as we have. If you’re interested in seeing what else is going on in the Chet world, please visit www.chetnetwork.com.