Bill Gates’ booklist: an imagewall

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014. Filed under: Books Entertainment Online
Ex-Microsoft chairman Bill Gates ©AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT

Ex-Microsoft chairman Bill Gates

(Relaxnews) – Noted philanthropist Bill Gates has made available a list of his recent and recommended reading, 130 titles that range from “How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place” to “The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa.”

Scientific and technological histories befitting of an ex-Microsoft CEO — such as “Wheels, Clocks and Rockets” by Donald Cardwell and “The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments” by George Johnson — are joined by autobiographies of tennis masters Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi on the list, as reported by GalleyCat.

Chinese interests make for a fair portion of the list, too, with Ezra F. Vogel’s “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China” and “What Does China Think?” by Mark Leonard alongside tomes encouraging generous living such as “Giving It All Away: The Doris Buffett Story” and “Give Smart.”

And though fiction might not feature heavily, crowded out by Gates’ enthrallment with innovation, education, health and environmental stewardship, there’s still room for runaway success “The Hunger Games” and even “Frank Stewart’s Bridge Club” which, while couched in a fictional setting, is still about the well-known card game.

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