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Bill Gates Releases His Summer Read For 2021

William Henry Gates III, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, American business magnate, software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist, recently announced his summer reading list for 2021.

In a blog post announcing the list, Gates wrote, “When I finish one book and am deciding what to read next, there usually isn’t always rhyme or reason to what I pick. Sometimes I’ll read one great book and get inspired to read several more about the same subject. Other times I am eager to follow a recommendation from someone I respect.”

He noted, “Lately, I find myself reaching for books about the complicated relationship between humanity and nature. Maybe it’s because everyone’s lives have been upended by a virus. Or maybe it’s because I’ve spent so much time this year talking about what we need to do to avoid a climate disaster.”

The 65-year-old entrepreneur recommended the following 5 books and expressed the hope that they will spark the interest of others: 

1. Lights Out: Pride, Delusion, and the Fall of General Electric, by Thomas Gryta and Ted Mann. 

2. Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, by Elizabeth Kolbert. 

3. A Promised Land, by Barack Obama. 

4. The Overstory, by Richard Powers.

5. An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives, by Matt Richtel. 

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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