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190 Books Recommended by Bill Gates

Bill Gates favorite books updated on 1/29/2018 with his favorite book ever

Although, he has never authored one, Bill Gates has recommended a lot of books over the years. We were curious to find out how many in total and came up with 190 names spanning from 2001 through 2017 2018. We put together the entire list below with the source of where Gates recommended the title. To our knowledge, no one has completed a record so vast and comprehensive, so we hope you enjoy and appreciate our work. Additionally, Gates focuses on a wide variety of topics, so this is not just investment books, and some names are out of the box – issues are vast and include investing but also science, history, politics and even fiction. We also want to mention that we earn an affiliate fee if you purchase the book through these links it’s not enough to buy a new Windows PC and probably not enough to afford a copy of Margin of Safety but hopefully enough to obtain a copy of Dow 36,000.

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All the recommendations come from GatesNotes, but a specifics link to every single source can be found in a google drive document at the end of this post. Enjoy!

Book NameAmazon LinkAuthor
Enlightenment Now Pinker
The Best We Could Do Bui
Evicted Desmond
Believe Me Izzard
The Sympathizer Thanh Nguyen
Energy and Civilization Smil
String Theory Foster Wallace
The Magic of Reality Dawkins
Shoe Dog Knight
The Gene Mukherjee
The Myth of the Strong Leader Brown
The Grid Bakke
Thing Explainer Munroe
Mindset S. Dweck
The Road to Character Brooks
Being Nixon Thomas
Eradication Leys Stepan
Sustainable Materials with Both Eyes Open
Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan M. Cullen
Seveneves Stephenson
Should We Eat Meat Smil
Making the Modern World Smil
Harvesting the Biosphere Smil
Energy Myths and Realities Smil
Global Catastrophes and Trends Smil
Energy at the Crossroads Smil
How Not to be Wrong Ellenberg
The Vital Question Lane
The Power to Compete
Ryoichi Mikitani and Hiroshi Mikitani
Sapiens Harari
Infections and Inequalities Farmer
The Remains of the Day Ishiguro
Homo Deus Harari
House on Fire Foege
The Better Angels of Our Nature Pinker
The Sixth Extinction Kolbert
The Man Who Fed the World Hesser
Business Adventures Brooks
The Heart de Kerangal
How to Lie with Statistics Huff
The Bully Pulpit Kearns Goodwin
How Asia Works Studwell
Tap Dancing to Work Loomis
The Rosie Project Simsion
Born a Crime Noah
Stuff Matters Miodownik
Hyperbole and a Half Brosh
What If Munroe
Stress Test Geithner
On Immunity Biss
Epic Measures Smith
Hit Refresh Nadella and Greg Shaw
Hillbilly Elegy Vance
A Full Life Carter
When Breath Becomes Air Kalanithi
The Rise and Fall of American Growth J. Gordon
XKCD Munroe
Capital in the Twenty-First Century Piketty
The Rosie Effect Simsion
The Fever Shah
Smallpox A. Henderson
Reinventing American Health Care J. Emanue
Material-World Menzel
The Idealist Munk
The Great Escape Deaton
The Bet Van Dyken
Getting Better Kenny
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Boo
The Last Hunger Season Thurow
However Long the Night Molloy
In the Company of the Poor
Paul Farmer and Gustavo Gutierrez
Change by Design Brown
Mighty Be Our Powers Gbowee
The Box Levinson
The Most Powerful Idea in the World Rosen
The World Until Yesterday Diamond
Poor Numbers Jerven
Why Does College Cost So Much?
Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman
How Children Succeed Tough
Japan’s Dietary Transition and Its Impacts
Made in the USA Smil
Whistling Vivaldi Steele
Patriot and Assassin Cook
The Path Between the Seas McCullough
Where Good Ideas Come From Johnson
For the Love of Physics Lewin
Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1 P. Feynman
Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 2 P. Feynman
Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 3 P. Feynman
The New Science of Strong Materials Gordon
The Hair of the Dog and other Scientific Surprises Sabbagh
13 Things that Don’t Make Sense Brooks
Why Nations Fail
Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson
The Signal and the Noise Silver
The Price of Inequality E. Stiglitz
Value Added Measures in Education N. Harris
Interventions Annan
One Billion Hungry Can we Feed the World Conway
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China F. Vogel
The Quest Yergin
Moonwalking with Einstein Foer
This Time is Different M. Reinhart
A World-Class Education Stewart
Academically Adrift Arum & Joshipa Roksa
The City that Became Safe Zimring
Reinventing Fire Lovins
The Art of Being Unreasonable Broad
Science Business P. Pisano
Awakening Joy
James Baraz & Shoshana Alexander
The Cost of Hope Bennett
Steve Jobs Isaacson
How Will You Measure Your Life? Christensen
Creating Innovators Wagner
The Hunger Games Collins
The Devil in the White City Larson
The Art of War Tzu
Think & Grow Rich Hill
The Grand Design Hawking
Life of Pi Martel
A New Kind of Science Wolfram
A Rogue’s Guide to Acquisition
Ranak Jones, Jayesh Mehta, Anish Sikri
The Alchemist Coelho
Limits to Growth Meadows
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
Thinking, Fast and Slow Kahneman
The Man Who Stayed Behind Bennett
The Checklist Manifesto Gawande
Unlocking Energy Innovation K. Lester
The Cat’s Table Ondaatje
Titan II K. Stumpf
Why Don’t Students Like School Willingham
For the Love of Physics Lewin
That Used to Be Us L. Friedman
Change.edu S Rosen
The Emperor of All Maladies Mukherjee
The Hair of the Dog Sabbagh
World on the Edge R. Brown
Global Health and S. Bergstrom
Unlocking the Gates Walsh
How to Make the World a Better Placeørn Lomborg
Global Warming Houghton
Frank Stewart’s Bridge Club Stewart
Poor Economics
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Prime Movers of Globalization Smil
Modernist Cuisine
Nathan Myhrvold & ? Maxime Bilet
A Champion’s Mind Sampras
Outliers Gladwell
Class Warfare Brill
Health Care Will Not Reform Itself, Halvorson
Beyond Smoke and Mirror Richter
Dirt and Disease Rogers
Beyond the Crash Brown
The Foundation L. Fleishman
Who’s Teaching Your Children
Vivian Troen and Katherine C. Boles
The Making of a Tropical Disease M. Packard
Priorities in Health
Dean T. Jamison and Joel G. Breman
Poor Charlie’s Almanack D. Kaufman and Ed Wexler
The Catcher in the Rye D. Salinger
Too Big to Fail Ross Sorkin
The World is Flat L. Friedman
Showing Up for Life Gates
Open Agassi
Give Smart L. Fleishman
Einstein Isaacson
Creating the Twentieth Century Smil
Broken Genius Shurkin
A Separate Peace Knowles
Vaccine Allen
Tropical Infectious Diseases Richard L. Guerrant
Mountains Beyond Mountains Kidder
The Earth’s Biosphere Smil
Hot, Flat, and Crowded L. Friedman
Energies Smil
Big History Brown
The End of Poverty Sachs
Guns, Germs, and Steel Diamond
Enriching the Earth Smil
Collapse Diamond
Polio M. Oshinsky
Stretching the School Dollar
Frederick M. Hess & ? Eric Osberg (Editor)
Where Do School Funds Go Roza
The Rational Optimist Ridley
Why America is Not a New Rome Smil
Energy Transitions Smil
Liberating Learning Moe and John Chubb
Life is What You Make It Buffett
Tomorrow’s Table
Pamela C. Ronald & R. W. Adamchak
In Fed We Trust Wessel
Super Freakonomics Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Work Hard. Be Nice Mathews
Sustainable Energy JC MacKay

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