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196 Books Recommended by Bill Gates

Updated 8/15/18 with a new suggestion

UPDATED 5/22/18 with more recommendations.

Bill Gates favorite books updated 5/16/18 with another name

updated on4/3/2018 with his two favorite books ever

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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See the full list of 189 196 (according to our count)? books below and if we are missing any please shoot us an email at tips@valueWalk.com

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Book NameAmazon LinkAuthor
Capitalism Without Capitalhttps://amzn.to/2PbpxVGJonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake
Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Lovedhttps://amzn.to/2GDByOj Kate Bowler
Lincoln in the Bardohttps://amzn.to/2s3zAkSGeorge Saunders
Origin Story: A Big History of Everythinghttps://amzn.to/2LmXMaGDavid Christian
Measure What Matterhttps://amzn.to/2uMfLmMJohn Doerr
Factfulnesshttps://amzn.to/2uMfLmMHans Rosling
Enlightenment Nowhttp://amzn.to/2B6Dlt2Steven Pinker
The Best We Could Dohttp://amzn.to/2B6Dlt2Thi Bui
Evictedhttp://amzn.to/2z214J6Matthew Desmond
Believe Mehttp://amzn.to/2BkufgAEddie Izzard
The Sympathizerhttp://amzn.to/2BBEHgwViet Thanh Nguyen
Energy and Civilizationhttp://amzn.to/2BLw85sVaclav Smil
String Theoryhttp://amzn.to/2BOhWbMDavid Foster Wallace
The Magic of Realityhttp://amzn.to/2BB8PZvRichard Dawkins
Shoe Doghttp://amzn.to/2CJ68VhPhil Knight
The Genehttp://amzn.to/2CIywa7Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Myth of the Strong Leaderhttp://amzn.to/2BlKCthArchie Brown
The Gridhttp://amzn.to/2CI2yL0Gretchen Bakke
Thing Explainerhttp://amzn.to/2CHtURkRandall Munroe
Mindsethttp://amzn.to/2BOT3NhCarol S. Dweck
The Road to Characterhttp://amzn.to/2Bizm0HDavid Brooks
Being Nixonhttp://amzn.to/2CJFprDEvan Thomas
Eradicationhttp://amzn.to/2CJIHuUNancy Leys Stepan
Sustainable Materials with Both Eyes Openhttp://amzn.to/2CI8KT9
Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan M. Cullen
Seveneveshttp://amzn.to/2B3yDMZNeal Stephenson
Should We Eat Meathttp://amzn.to/2BCo44sVaclav Smil
Making the Modern Worldhttp://amzn.to/2BCzWn0Vaclav Smil
Harvesting the Biospherehttp://amzn.to/2CKjO29Vaclav Smil
Energy Myths and Realitieshttp://amzn.to/2BinlZgVaclav Smil
Global Catastrophes and Trendshttp://amzn.to/2Bio64yVaclav Smil
Energy at the Crossroadshttp://amzn.to/2BBkmbfVaclav Smil
How Not to be Wronghttp://amzn.to/2CHog1FJordan Ellenberg
The Vital Questionhttp://amzn.to/2CKTAMONick Lane
The Power to Competehttp://amzn.to/2CIKFfb
Ryoichi Mikitani and Hiroshi Mikitani
Sapienshttp://amzn.to/2z0ZmbdYuval Harari
Infections and Inequalitieshttp://amzn.to/2CGmsWLPaul Farmer
The Remains of the Dayhttp://amzn.to/2CIiwVjKazuo Ishiguro
Homo Deushttp://amzn.to/2B2Hn62Yuval Harari
House on Firehttp://amzn.to/2BAIoDpBill Foege
The Better Angels of Our Naturehttp://amzn.to/2CIw8A4Steven Pinker
The Sixth Extinctionhttp://amzn.to/2BCbDpjElizabeth Kolbert
The Man Who Fed the Worldhttp://amzn.to/2CIpRnLLeon Hesser
Business Adventureshttp://amzn.to/2z27doPJohn Brooks
The Hearthttp://amzn.to/2CIOfpFMaylis de Kerangal
How to Lie with Statisticshttp://amzn.to/2CGTXIgDarrell Huff
The Bully Pulpithttp://amzn.to/2B6oE9LDoris Kearns Goodwin
How Asia Workshttp://amzn.to/2BkaSUOJoe Studwell
Tap Dancing to Workhttp://amzn.to/2BCJ4IiCarol Loomis
The Rosie Projecthttp://amzn.to/2BAJQWnGraeme Simsion
Born a Crimehttp://amzn.to/2kPd7VfTrevor Noah
Stuff Mattershttp://amzn.to/2DbBR28Mark Miodownik
Hyperbole and a Halfhttp://amzn.to/2BLi0ZUAllie Brosh
What Ifhttp://amzn.to/2BATR5DRandall Munroe
Stress Testhttp://amzn.to/2BCXfNwTim Geithner
On Immunityhttp://amzn.to/2Bjff2tEula Biss
Epic Measureshttp://amzn.to/2CK0KRHJeremy Smith
Hit Refreshhttp://amzn.to/2B2O0oKSatya Nadella and Greg Shaw
Hillbilly Elegyhttp://amzn.to/2z39SyCJ.D. Vance
A Full Lifehttp://amzn.to/2BBfXF7Jimmy Carter
When Breath Becomes Airhttp://amzn.to/2BlS1ZOPaul Kalanithi
The Rise and Fall of American Growthhttp://amzn.to/2CJ1eaDRobert J. Gordon
XKCDhttp://amzn.to/2z2mzJRRandall Munroe
Capital in the Twenty-First Centuryhttp://amzn.to/2CKN74IThomas Piketty
The Rosie Effecthttp://amzn.to/2CJxQRRGraeme Simsion
The Feverhttp://amzn.to/2Bk7Y2HSonia Shah
Smallpoxhttp://amzn.to/2CJfNuPD. A. Henderson
Reinventing American Health Carehttp://amzn.to/2CJDbZcEzekiel J. Emanue
Material-Worldhttp://amzn.to/2CJzVx9Peter Menzel
The Idealisthttp://amzn.to/2CJG1NINina Munk
The Great Escapehttp://amzn.to/2kOX75tAngus Deaton
The Bethttp://amzn.to/2BlaYLURachel Van Dyken
Getting Betterhttp://amzn.to/2z22ymDCharles Kenny
Behind the Beautiful Forevershttp://amzn.to/2z3Ii4oKatherine Boo
The Last Hunger Seasonhttp://amzn.to/2DdpiUjRoger Thurow
However Long the Nighthttp://amzn.to/2BDiKOeAimee Molloy
In the Company of the Poorhttp://amzn.to/2Bk8Lka
Paul Farmer and Gustavo Gutierrez
Change by Designhttp://amzn.to/2CJgy79Tim Brown
Mighty Be Our Powershttp://amzn.to/2z34POBLeymah Gbowee
The Boxhttp://amzn.to/2CLD6EaMarc Levinson
The Most Powerful Idea in the Worldhttp://amzn.to/2z2yU0DWilliam Rosen
The World Until Yesterdayhttp://amzn.to/2CLk0y9Jared Diamond
Poor Numbershttp://amzn.to/2BEDRQqMorten Jerven
Why Does College Cost So Much?http://amzn.to/2BmSaMg
Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman
How Children Succeedhttp://amzn.to/2CKwg1XPaul Tough
Japan’s Dietary Transition and Its Impactshttp://amzn.to/2B4ofV3
Made in the USAhttp://amzn.to/2DaAf93Vaclav Smil
Whistling Vivaldihttp://amzn.to/2BQ5JTWClaude Steele
Patriot and Assassinhttp://amzn.to/2BAWEMdRobert Cook
The Path Between the Seashttp://amzn.to/2DaCadLDavid McCullough
Where Good Ideas Come Fromhttp://amzn.to/2BDvhRESteven Johnson
For the Love of Physicshttp://amzn.to/2z3jVUmWalter Lewin
Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1http://amzn.to/2BiXhwZRichard P. Feynman
Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 2http://amzn.to/2kNQ11iRichard P. Feynman
Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 3http://amzn.to/2z2CsjzRichard P. Feynman
The New Science of Strong Materialshttp://amzn.to/2z1EP6hJ.E. Gordon
The Hair of the Dog and other Scientific Surpriseshttp://amzn.to/2BjONWzKarl Sabbagh
13 Things that Don’t Make Sensehttp://amzn.to/2BAXh8LMichael Brooks
Why Nations Failhttp://amzn.to/2BFaVHG
Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson
The Signal and the Noisehttp://amzn.to/2z2K3P8Nate Silver
The Price of Inequalityhttp://amzn.to/2D9Xn7FJoseph E. Stiglitz
Value Added Measures in Educationhttp://amzn.to/2BL3uBADouglas N. Harris
Interventionshttp://amzn.to/2BBL9EiKofi Annan
One Billion Hungry Can we Feed the Worldhttp://amzn.to/2CIGlfDGordon Conway
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of Chinahttp://amzn.to/2DcqZBpEzra F. Vogel
The Questhttp://amzn.to/2B7e16cDaniel Yergin
Moonwalking with Einsteinhttp://amzn.to/2z1ZHdCJoshua Foer
This Time is Differenthttp://amzn.to/2BjZQ2aCarmen M. Reinhart
A World-Class Educationhttp://amzn.to/2CKlVTHVivien Stewart
Academically Adrifthttp://amzn.to/2z1XE9dRichard Arum & Joshipa Roksa
The City that Became Safehttp://amzn.to/2BCbVfJFranklin Zimring
Reinventing Firehttp://amzn.to/2CJbfofAmory Lovins
The Art of Being Unreasonablehttp://amzn.to/2z22OlOEli Broad
Science Businesshttp://amzn.to/2CJwTJ4Gary P. Pisano
Awakening Joyhttp://amzn.to/2BDcqpY
James Baraz & Shoshana Alexander
The Cost of Hopehttp://amzn.to/2z1xyTUAmanda Bennett
Steve Jobshttp://amzn.to/2BjjxH7Walter Isaacson
How Will You Measure Your Life?http://amzn.to/2B3bSbTClayton Christensen
Creating Innovatorshttp://amzn.to/2B5ZpEeTony Wagner
The Hunger Gameshttp://amzn.to/2B3ciirSuzanne Collins
The Devil in the White Cityhttp://amzn.to/2BBGXELErik Larson
The Art of Warhttp://amzn.to/2BBHlmHSun Tzu
Think & Grow Richhttp://amzn.to/2Bn3qIwNapoleon Hill
The Grand Designhttp://amzn.to/2Bjp3JLStephen Hawking
Life of Pihttp://amzn.to/2BEWzaAYann Martel
A New Kind of Sciencehttp://amzn.to/2CJT9meStephen Wolfram
A Rogue’s Guide to Acquisitionhttp://amzn.to/2Df2RxR
Ranak Jones, Jayesh Mehta, Anish Sikri
The Alchemisthttp://amzn.to/2kNLQmcPaul Coelho
Limits to Growthhttp://amzn.to/2BCIiLmDonella Meadows
Abundancehttp://amzn.to/2BndX6D
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
Thinking, Fast and Slowhttp://amzn.to/2BCHAxIDaniel Kahneman
The Man Who Stayed Behindhttp://amzn.to/2CK8sLJAmanda Bennett
The Checklist Manifestohttp://amzn.to/2CKJc8aAtul Gawande
Unlocking Energy Innovationhttp://amzn.to/2BmR1UYRichard K. Lester
The Cat’s Tablehttp://amzn.to/2z28j3MMichael Ondaatje
Titan IIhttp://amzn.to/2CKuJJfDavid K. Stumpf
Why Don’t Students Like Schoolhttp://amzn.to/2CLjbp3Dan Willingham
For the Love of Physicshttp://amzn.to/2z2PYUkWalter Lewin
That Used to Be Ushttp://amzn.to/2kNLADGThomas L. Friedman
Change.eduhttp://amzn.to/2CH9kADAndrew S Rosen
The Emperor of All Maladieshttp://amzn.to/2B4JjehSiddhartha Mukherjee
The Hair of the Doghttp://amzn.to/2BDzNQrKarl Sabbagh
World on the Edgehttp://amzn.to/2Bml3ZiLester R. Brown
Global Healthhttp://amzn.to/2kOxstGLindstrand and S. Bergstrom
Unlocking the Gateshttp://amzn.to/2BCQDyMTaylor Walsh
How to Make the World a Better Placehttp://amzn.to/2BDpCuXBjørn Lomborg
Global Warminghttp://amzn.to/2z38EmXJohn Houghton
Frank Stewart’s Bridge Clubhttp://amzn.to/2BjxJjzFrank Stewart
Poor Economicshttp://amzn.to/2BDoaZA
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Prime Movers of Globalizationhttp://amzn.to/2z1ZQ0LVaclav Smil
Modernist Cuisinehttp://amzn.to/2BFOWjS
Nathan Myhrvold & ? Maxime Bilet
A Champion’s Mindhttp://amzn.to/2z2meqIPete Sampras
Outliershttp://amzn.to/2kP2x0nMalcolm Gladwell
Class Warfarehttp://amzn.to/2kNM7peSteven Brill
Health Care Will Not Reform Itself,http://amzn.to/2CIQDfSGeorge Halvorson
Beyond Smoke and Mirrorhttp://amzn.to/2De2Uu3Burton Richter
Dirt and Diseasehttp://amzn.to/2BkDFZxNaomi Rogers
Beyond the Crashhttp://amzn.to/2BjVWpTGordon Brown
The Foundationhttp://amzn.to/2CJieNTJoel L. Fleishman
Who’s Teaching Your Childrenhttp://amzn.to/2BkmbfL
Vivian Troen and Katherine C. Boles
The Making of a Tropical Diseasehttp://amzn.to/2BCBw8yRandall M. Packard
Priorities in Healthhttp://amzn.to/2B41h0r
Dean T. Jamison and Joel G. Breman
Poor Charlie’s Almanackhttp://amzn.to/2kQZtkCPeter D. Kaufman and Ed Wexler
The Catcher in the Ryehttp://amzn.to/2z2jE3QJ. D. Salinger
Too Big to Failhttp://amzn.to/2kNaMdqAndrew Ross Sorkin
The World is Flathttp://amzn.to/2kN5C18Thomas L. Friedman
Showing Up for Lifehttp://amzn.to/2BlgApKBill Gates
Openhttp://amzn.to/2kPoTPrAndre Agassi
Give Smarthttp://amzn.to/2CHfalmJoel L. Fleishman
Einsteinhttp://amzn.to/2BkiqqTWalter Isaacson
Creating the Twentieth Centuryhttp://amzn.to/2B54RY7Vaclav Smil
Broken Geniushttp://amzn.to/2BCvCEcJoel Shurkin
A Separate Peacehttp://amzn.to/2BPm2AmJohn Knowles
Vaccinehttp://amzn.to/2z36vrsArthur Allen
Tropical Infectious Diseaseshttp://amzn.to/2CJhtonDr. Richard L. Guerrant
Mountains Beyond Mountainshttp://amzn.to/2BCu11aTracy Kidder
The Earth’s Biospherehttp://amzn.to/2BAIdrJVaclav Smil
Hot, Flat, and Crowdedhttp://amzn.to/2BLJjTYThomas L. Friedman
Energieshttp://amzn.to/2z30fjyVaclav Smil
Big Historyhttp://amzn.to/2B3oXSDCynthia Brown
The End of Povertyhttp://amzn.to/2CIRsoTJeffrey Sachs
Guns, Germs, and Steelhttp://amzn.to/2BivnRLJared Diamond
Enriching the Earthhttp://amzn.to/2z2vLhtVaclav Smil
Collapsehttp://amzn.to/2BjG0nEJared Diamond
Poliohttp://amzn.to/2CIlyJaDavid M. Oshinsky
Stretching the School Dollarhttp://amzn.to/2Bjjf39
Frederick M. Hess & ? Eric Osberg (Editor)
Where Do School Funds Gohttp://amzn.to/2CIrDFGMarguerite Roza
The Rational Optimisthttp://amzn.to/2CIFprUMatt Ridley
Why America is Not a New Romehttp://amzn.to/2CIiuN7Vaclav Smil
Energy Transitionshttp://amzn.to/2Bk2zsnVaclav Smil
Liberating Learninghttp://amzn.to/2CIJxYGTerry Moe and John Chubb
Life is What You Make Ithttp://amzn.to/2BE1o3WPeter Buffett
Tomorrow’s Tablehttp://amzn.to/2BjBcyw
Pamela C. Ronald & R. W. Adamchak
In Fed We Trusthttp://amzn.to/2BjkXl1David Wessel
Super Freakonomicshttp://amzn.to/2CIct35Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Work Hard. Be Nicehttp://amzn.to/2Bj2eGiJay Mathews
Sustainable Energyhttp://amzn.to/2DaapBTDavid JC MacKay

Leonardo da Vincihttps://amzn.to/2uMfLmMWalter Isaacson

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