Bill Gates' reading recommendations
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Bill Gates’ recommended reading list

The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist has been recommending books for years on his blog, Gates Notes. To mark the upcoming release of his new book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, here are some of the best.

Long known as a business magnate, Bill Gates has in recent years engaged in a varied array of more philanthropic pursuits, an evolution that has been reflected closely by his personal blog Gates Notes. There, amid links to podcasts, news, articles and videos about our world, Gates has also been reviewing the books he reads, and highlighting those he’s currently reading.

Together, his recommendations paint a worldly picture, ranging from philosophy and fiction to science and memoir – all of which inform Gates’ forthcoming book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, in which he delineates a plan for reducing the world’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero.

Ahead of the book’s February release, we’ve rounded up a selection of some of his most compelling picks, alongside a smattering of Gates’ own thoughts.

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