Books recommended by Bill Gates

Here I gathered all the books recommendations by bill gates through the years

Posted by vahid on March 14, 2020

-- It's a work in progress --

Bill Gates is my idol and I'm very interested in hist work. One characteristic of him is that he is an avid reader so so am I. There's a lot books out there and we don't have time to read them all so we have to go only for the best ones. But how to determine the best ones I thought, and find out the recommendations of an avid reader and accomplished person like Bill wouldn't be a waste of time. So I set up this list to have them all in one place and select from them whenever I'm for a new book. This is all the books bill gates has recommended through the years mostly got from his website the Gates notes:


  1. An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones. - > It's a novel
  2. These Truths, by Jill Lepore - It's about US history
  3. Growth, by Vaclav Smil - about growth
  4. Prepared, by Diane Tavenner - preparing kids for life after high school
  5. Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker - It's obvious from the title
  6. Upheaval, by Jared Diamond - How to handle a national crisis
  7. Nine Pints, by Rose George - Everything you wanted to know about blood
  8. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles - This novel is technically historical fiction, but you’d be just as accurate calling it a thriller or a love story.
  9. Presidents of War, by Michael Beschloss - What wars tell you about U.S. presidents
  10. The Future of Capitalism, by Paul Collier - A renowned economist’s thought-provoking new book.


  1. Educated, by Tara Westover - A memoir of a young woman whose thirst for learning was so strong that she ended up getting a Ph.D. from Cambridge University
  2. Army of None, by Paul Scharre - A.I. in warfare
  3. Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou - The rise and fall of Theranos
  4. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Noah Harari - It's all about the present and offers a helpful framework for processing the news and thinking about the challenges we face
  5. The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness, by Andy Puddicombe - An entertaining explainer on how to meditate
  6. Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson - Leonardo da Vinci's biography
  7. Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved, by Kate Bowler - When Bowler, a professor at Duke Divinity School, is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, she sets out to understand why it happened. Is it a test of her character? The result is a heartbreaking, surprisingly funny memoir about faith and coming to grips with your own mortality
  8. Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders - It's about Abraham Lincoln
  9. Origin Story: A Big History of Everything, by David Christian -It tells the story of the universe from the big bang to today’s complex societies
  10. Factfulness, by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund - Basic truths about the world—how life is getting better, and where the world still needs to improve


  1. The Best We Could Do,by Thi Bui - This gorgeous graphic novel is a deeply personal memoir that explores what it means to be a parent and a refugee
  2. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond - It's about the eviction crisis in Milwaukee
  3. Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens, by Eddie Izzard - Izzard’s personal story is fascinating: he survived a difficult childhood and worked relentlessly to overcome his lack of natural talent and become an international star
  4. The Sympathizer,by Viet Thanh Nguyen - It's a story about Vietnam war, a double agent and the trouble he gets himself into.
  5. Energy and Civilization: A History, by Vaclav Smil - This lays out how our need for energy has shaped human history—from the era of donkey-powered mills to today’s quest for renewable energy
  6. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah - It's the writer's biography
  7. The Heart, by Maylis de Kerangal - It's a fiction and about the story of a heart transplant
  8. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance - A biography of the writer
  9. Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Harari - It argues that the principles that have organized society will undergo a huge shift in the 21st century
  10. A Full Life, by Jimmy Carter - quick, condensed tour of Jimmy Carter's life
  11. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi- nonfiction story
  12. I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong - see microorganisms in a whole new light
  13. Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella - It's about the future of technology

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Homo Deus, by Yuval Noah Harari - What if people run out of things to do? Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari