189 Book Recommendations From Bill Gates

William Henry “Bill” Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, author, and philanthropist. In 1975, Gates and Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft, which became the world’s largest PC software company.

  1. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.) by Matt Ridley
  2. Capital in the Twenty First Century by Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer
  3. Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate by Vaclav Smil
  4. Polio: An American Story by David M. Oshinsky
  5. Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education by Terry M. Moe, John E. Chubb
  6. The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken
  7. Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy by Andrew S Rosen
  8. Sustainable Energy — Without the Hot Air by David JC MacKay
  9. Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
  10. The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond
  11. The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton
  12. Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Timothy F. Geithner
  13. The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty by Nina Munk
  14. Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go? (Urban Institute Press) by Marguerite Roza
  15. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo
  16. The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don’t Fall through the Floor (Princeton Science Library) by J. E. Gordon, Philip Ball
  17. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back by Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum
  18. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, Second Edition with a new chapter by the author by Marc Levinson
  19. Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines (MIT Press) by Vaclav Smil
  20. One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World? by Gordon Conway, Rajiv Shah
  21. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
  22. Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding — And How We Can Improve the World Even More by Charles Kenny
  23. Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools by Steven Brill
  24. Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik, Sarah Scarlett
  25. Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa
  26. The Man Who Fed the World by Hesser Hesser
  27. How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region by Joe Studwell
  28. Jim Grant: UNICEF Visionary by United Nations
  29. Stretching the School Dollar: How Schools and Districts Can Save Money While Serving Students Best (Educational Innovations Series) by Frederick M. Hess, Eric Osberg
  30. Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America by Jay Mathews
  31. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
  32. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  33. How Not to be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life by Jordan Ellenberg
  34. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China by Ezra F. Vogel
  35. Value-Added Measures in Education: What Every Educator Needs to Know by Douglas N. Harris, Randi Weingarten
  36. The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention by William Rosen
  37. The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins
  38. A World-Class Education: Learning from International Models of Excellence and Innovation by Vivien Stewart
  39. Why America Is Not a New Rome (MIT Press) by Vaclav Smil
  40. Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It (Cornell Studies in Political Economy) by Morten Jerven
  41. Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects by Vaclav Smil
  42. Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food by Pamela C. Ronald, R. W. Adamchak
  43. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  44. Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitts, Stephen J. Dubner
  45. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  46. Interventions: A Life in War and Peace by Kofi Annan, Nader Mousavizadeh
  47. For the Love of Physics by Lewin, Walter [Hardcover] by Walter.. Lewin
  48. In FED We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic by David Wessel
  49. Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. by Jeremy N. Smith
  50. Should We Eat Meat? Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory by Vaclav Smil
  51. The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin
  52. Modernist Cuisine at Home by Nathan Myhrvold, Maxime Bilet
  53. Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966–2013 by Carol J. Loomis
  54. On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
  55. The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw
  56. Harvesting the Biosphere: What We Have Taken from Nature (MIT Press) by Vaclav Smil
  57. The Cost of Hope: A Memoir by Amanda Bennett
  58. Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment by Peter Buffett
  59. Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel, Charles C. Mann, Paul Kennedy
  60. The City That Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control (Studies in Crime and Public Policy) by Franklin E. Zimring
  61. Why Does College Cost So Much? by Robert B. Archibald, David H. Feldman
  62. The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  63. xkcd: volume 0 by Randall Munroe
  64. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
  65. The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World) by Robert J. Gordon
  66. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks
  67. The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
  68. The Road to Character by David Brooks
  69. The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria (Johns Hopkins Biographies of Disease) by Randall M. Packard
  70. A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great by Ed Rendell
  71. Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System by Ezekiel J. Emanuel
  72. How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff, Irving Geis
  73. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  74. Sustainable Materials — With Both Eyes Open (Without the Hot Air) by Julian M. Allwood, Jonathan M. Cullen
  75. House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox (California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public) by William H. Foege
  76. Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe
  77. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t by Nate Silver
  78. The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking by Eli Broad, Michael R. Bloomberg
  79. Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness by James Baraz
  80. The Power to Compete: An Economist and an Entrepreneur on Revitalizing Japan in the Global Economy by Hiroshi Mikitani, Ryoichi Mikitani
  81. The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane
  82. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  83. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  84. Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas
  85. The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane
  86. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
  87. The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah
  88. Eradication: Ridding the World of Diseases Forever? by Nancy Leys Stepan
  89. Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present by Cynthia Stokes Brown
  90. Frank Stewart’s Bridge Club by Frank Stewart
  91. Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System (MIT Press) by Richard K. Lester, David M. Hart
  92. Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update by Donella H. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis L. Meadows
  93. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
  94. The Plundered Planet: Why We Must — and How We Can — Manage Nature for Global Prosperity by Paul Collier
  95. Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors (Lopez, Global Burden of Diseases and Risk Factors) by Alan D. Lopez, Colin D. Mathers, Majid Ezzati, Dean T. Jamison, Christopher J. L. Murray
  96. The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics by Thomas Byrne Edsall
  97. Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next Fifty Years (MIT Press) by Vaclav Smil
  98. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis
  99. Priorities in Health by Dean T. Jamison, Joel G. Breman, Anthony R. Measham, George Alleyne, Mariam Claeson, David B. Evans, Prabhat Jha, Anne Mills, Philip Musgrove
  100. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
  101. Energy at the Crossroads: Global Perspectives and Uncertainties (MIT Press) by Vaclav Smil
  102. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  103. The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America by Tom Brokaw
  104. Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile Program by David Stumpf
  105. Global Health: An Introductory Textbook by A Lindstrand, S Bergstrom, H Rosling
  106. The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa by Deborah Brautigam
  107. Retiree Health Plans in the Public Sector: Is There a Funding Crisis? by Robert L. Clark, Melinda Sandler Morrill
  108. Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867–1914 and Their Lasting Impact (Technical Revolutions and Their Lasting Impact) by Vaclav Smil
  109. The Earth’s Biosphere: Evolution, Dynamics and Change by Vaclav Smil (2003–12–05) by Vaclav Smil
  110. Health Care Will Not Reform Itself: A User’s Guide to Refocusing and Reforming American Health Care by George C. Halvorson
  111. Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines by Richard A. Muller
  112. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America, Release 2.0 by Thomas L. Friedman
  113. Dirt and Disease: Polio Before FDR (Health and Medicine in American Society series) by Naomi Rogers
  114. Finance and the Good Society by Robert J. Shiller
  115. The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  116. Weather For Dummies by John D. Cox
  117. Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries (Disease Control Priorities Project) by Dean T. Jamison, Joel G. Breman, Anthony R. Measham, George Alleyne, Mariam Claeson, David B. Evans, Prabhat Jha, Anne Mills, Philip Musgrove
  118. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance by Nouriel Roubini, Stephen Mihm
  119. The Computer and the Brain (The Silliman Memorial Lectures Series) by John von Neumann, Ray Kurzweil
  120. Science Business: The Promise, the Reality, and the Future of Biotech by Gary P. Pisano
  121. Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age (Macmillan Science) by J. Shurkin
  122. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870–1914 by David McCullough
  123. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
  124. 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need To Know (50 ideas) by Joanne Baker
  125. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  126. Tropical Infectious Diseases: Principles, Pathogens and Practice (Expert Consult — Online and Print), 3e by Richard L. Guerrant MD, David H. Walker MD, Peter F. Weller MD
  127. Einstein — His Life And Universe by Walter Isaacson
  128. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  129. The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson
  130. Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration by Douglas S. Massey, Jorge Durand, Nolan J. Malone
  131. Global Warming: The Complete Briefing by Sir John Houghton
  132. Molecules at an Exhibition: Portraits of Intriguing Materials in Everyday Life by John Emsley
  133. What Does China Think? by Mark Leonard
  134. Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
  135. A Guide to the Elements by Albert Stwertka
  136. The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World by Joel L. Fleishman
  137. Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition by Charles T. Munger
  138. Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results by Michael E. Porter, Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg
  139. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition by Jared Diamond
  140. A Champion’s Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis by Pete Sampras, Peter Bodo
  141. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman
  142. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond
  143. The Changing Body: Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World since 1700 (New Approaches to Economic and Social History) by Roderick Floud, Robert W. Fogel, Bernard Harris, Sok Chul Hong
  144. Unlocking the Gates: How and Why Leading Universities Are Opening Up Access to Their Courses by Taylor Walsh, William G. Bowen
  145. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
  146. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner
  147. This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen M. Reinhart
  148. Giant Molecules: From nylon to nanotubes by Walter Gratzer
  149. How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place by Bjørn Lomborg
  150. Why Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham
  151. Physics For Dummies by Steve Holzner
  152. On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
  153. Post-Capitalist Society by Peter F. Drucker
  154. The Grid: A Journey Through the Heart of Our Electrified World by Phillip F. Schewe
  155. Wheels, Clocks, and Rockets: A History of Technology (The Norton History of Science) by Donald Cardwell
  156. 13 Things that Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time by Michael Brooks
  157. Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System by Daniel Callahan
  158. Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World by BISHOP MATTHEW
  159. The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs
  160. Enriching the Earth: Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, and the Transformation of World Food Production (MIT Press) by Vaclav Smil
  161. Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War by Paul Kennedy
  162. Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization by Gordon Brown
  163. The Tobacco Atlas by Omar Shafey, Michael Eriksen, Hana Ross, Judith Mackay
  164. World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse by Lester R. Brown
  165. The Cat’s Table (Vintage International) by Michael Ondaatje
  166. Giving it All Away: The Doris Buffett Story by Michael Zitz
  167. A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life by J. Craig Venter
  168. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  169. Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime by Bill Gates Sr., Mary Ann Mackin, Bill Gates
  170. Who’s Teaching Your Children?: Why the Teacher Crisis Is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It by Professor Vivian Troen, Professor Katherine C. Boles
  171. Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era by Amory Lovins, Marvin Odum, John W. Rowe
  172. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  173. Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results by Thomas J. Tierney, Joel L. Fleishman
  174. Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians by Cynthia C. Kelly, Richard Rhodes
  175. Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver by Arthur Allen
  176. Why Capitalism? by Allan H. Meltzer
  177. Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi
  178. Outliers by Malcomm Gladwell
  179. One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War by Michael Dobbs
  180. Energies: An Illustrated Guide to the Biosphere and Civilization by Vaclav Smil
  181. The Feynman Lectures on Physics, boxed set: The New Millennium Edition by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, Matthew Sands
  182. Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin
  183. The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria
  184. Smallpox: The Death of a Disease — The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer by D. A. Henderson, Richard Preston
  185. The Hair of the Dog and Other Scientific Surprises by Karl Sabbagh
  186. How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance by Parag Khanna
  187. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed
  188. Mountains Beyond Mountains (Adapted for Young People): The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Michael French
  189. Memoirs: A Twentieth-Century Journey in Science and Politics by Edward Teller, Judith Shoolery

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