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288 books · 184 voters · list created December 11th, 2012 by Richard (votes) .
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message 1: by Jim (new)

Jim Interesting that Vacal Smil authored a half a dozen + books on his list. I had never heard of him.


message 2: by Annette (new)

Annette mathews Daily ,I read bill gates review on the books he read .His thoughts are precious,man . He inspires me to read Non Fiction which is not my cup of tea ,


message 3: by Prince (new)

Prince Just curious: are you updating this list?


message 4: by Mitchell (last edited Mar 09, 2021 11:41AM) (new)

Mitchell https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books#AllR... has 135 books. This list has 276 books. Perhaps a lot of the books on this list should be removed. Or not. Apparently the current url doesn't have the full list of books that have been suggested.


message 5: by Mitchell (last edited Feb 25, 2021 01:19PM) (new)

Mitchell The bottom of the current list:
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air
Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America
Super Freakonomics
In FED We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic
Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
Life Is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment
Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education
Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects

Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate
Why America Is Not a New Rome
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
Jim Grant: UNICEF Visionary
Stretching the School Dollar: How Schools and Districts Can Save Money While Serving Students Best
Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?
Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding--And How We Can Improve the World Even More
Polio: An American Story

House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox
Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools
The New Science of Strong Materials: Or Why You Don't Fall Through the Floor
Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation
Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty
Change.edu: Rebooting for the New Talent Economy

The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlang and His Battle to End World Hunger
That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics
The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
The Cost of Hope: A Memoir
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything


message 6: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Looking at the wayback machine https://web.archive.org/web/20150203071119/https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books

clearly the current list on the website is not complete - so deleting to match the current list wouldn't make sense


message 7: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell From 2015-01 https://web.archive.org/web/20150102145001/https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books

How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World's Most Dynamic Region
The Rosie Effect
The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Business Adventures

Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises
The Rosie Project
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality
Women, Poverty, and AIDS: Sex, Drugs, and Structural Violence
To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation
The Uses of Haiti
Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor
Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader
In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez
Global Health in Times of Violence
AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame

The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth's Future
The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics
Why Does College Cost So Much?
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
Engineers of Victory: The Making of the War Machine That Defeated the Nazis
Harvesting the Biosphere: What We Have Taken from Nature
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don't
The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention

Value-Added Measures in Education: What Every Educator Needs to Know
Interventions: A Life in War and Peace
One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
The City That Became Safe: New York's Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control
This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012
Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
A World-Class Education
Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
Why Capitalism?
Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking
Science Business: The Promise, the Reality, and the Future of Biotech
A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great
Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
The Cost of Hope: A Memoir

The Hunger Games
Steve Jobs
Finance and the Good Society
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System
The Cat's Table
The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America; Who we are, where we've been, and where we need to go now, to recapture the American dream
Titan II: A History Of A Cold War Missile Program
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
The Manhattan Project: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics
The Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update
Why Don't Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom
For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time - A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics

That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know
The Changing Body: Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World Since 1700
The Computer and the Brain
World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse
Giant Molecules: From Nylon to Nanotubes

Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System System
Unlocking the Gates: How and Why Leading Universities Are Opening Up Access to Their Courses
On Intelligence
Retiree Health Plans in the Public Sector: Is There a Funding Crisis?
How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place

How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance
Global Warming: The Complete Briefing
Giving It All Away: The Doris Buffett Story
Frank Stewart's Bridge Club
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa

What Does China Think?
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty
Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines
The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity With Nature
Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation
The New Science of Strong Materials: Or Why You Don't Fall Through the Floor

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis
Memoirs: A Twentieth Century Journey In Science And Politics
Outliers: The Story of Success
Weather for Dummies

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools
Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World
Health Care Will Not Reform Itself: A User's Guide to Refocusing and Reforming American Health Care
Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration

13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
Epidemics And Pandemics: Their Impacts On Human History
Molecules at an Exhibition: Portraits of Intriguing Materials in Everyday Life
A Guide to the Elements
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
Dirt And Disease: Polio Before F.D.R.

The Grid: A Journey Through the Heart of Our Electrified World
Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization
The Foundation: A Great American Secret: How Private Wealth Is Changing the World
Who’s Teaching Your Children?: Why the Teacher Crisis Is Worse Than You Think and What Can Be Done About It
The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria
Priorities in Health: Disease Control Priorities Companion Volume

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
Wheels, Clocks, and Rockets: A History of Technology
The Post-American World
A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life
Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
The Catcher in the Rye

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis — and Themselves
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
The Feynman Lectures on Physics - Vol. I, II & III Bundle
Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime

Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines
Physics for Dummies
Open
Give $Mart: Philanthropy That Gets Results
Einstein: His Life and Universe
Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance

Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact
Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
A Separate Peace
Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine's Greatest Lifesaver
Tropical Infectious Diseases: Principles, Pathogens and Practice

Smallpox: The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox
Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors
Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries
The Earth's Biosphere: Evolution, Dynamics, and Change

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America
Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present
The End of Poverty
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next 50 Years
Enriching the Earth: Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, and the Transformation of World Food Production
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Polio: An American Story
Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding--And How We Can Improve the World Even More
Stretching the School Dollar: How Schools and Districts Can Save Money While Serving Students Best

Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?
Jim Grant: UNICEF Visionary
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
Why America Is Not a New Rome
Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate


message 8: by Helaquist (new)

Helaquist Mitchell wrote: "From 2015-01 https://web.archive.org/web/201501021...

How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World's Most Dynamic Region
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thank you very much for the update! :)


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