From the Bill Gates’ Bookshelf: Top 10 Reads of 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Have you ever wondered what Bill Gates, the multi-billionaire philanthropist, reads and what’s the source behind his so productive ideas and approaches? Well, you can get an idea on this when you visit his official blog The Gates Notes.

Bill Gates has always been a well-read guy. As a youngster, he’d check out books from the library so frequently and so much that the librarian wouldn’t allow him the new ones until he returned some. May be that fondness with books is the source of origin of his all the intellectual thoughts.

Very recently this Microsoft co-founder, and philanthropist has posted on his blog “My top reads from 2012” that reflects what he’s been pondering upon throughout this year. Gates often writes his own thoughtful book reviews, so each title is linked with a full length personal review by Bill Gates. Most of the books in his list are focused on development or education.

 “I read some amazing books this year. Every one of these books changed my worldview, and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for inspiring reading. Read my book reviews to learn more”, says Gates, who frequently speculate and does a thing or two about the world’s most pressing problems.

Here is the list of top ten books that made Gates “think”, this year. To peek into one of the most absorbing minds of the 21st century, this list would be a good source. Take a look:

1. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined By Steven Pinker

2. Deng Xiaoping and The Transformation of China By Ezra Vogel

3. The Quest By Daniel Yergin

4. Moonwalking with Einstein By Joshua Foer

5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers By Katherine Boo

6. One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World By Gordon Conway

7. A World-Class Education By Vivien Stewart

8. Academically Adrift By Richard Arum & Josipa Roksa

9. This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly By Carmen Reinhart & Kenneth Rogoff

10. The City that Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control  By Franklin Zimring


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