Around 200 Books Recommended by Bill Gates

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This list of Bill Gates favorite books was last updated on 12/24/2019 with several other books

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

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

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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 over 190 names spanning from 2001 through 2017 2019. 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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Bill Gates's Book List

Book Name Amazon Link Author
Capitalism Without Capital Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake
Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved Kate Bowler
Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders
Origin Story: A Big History of Everything David Christian
Measure What Matter John Doerr
Factfulness Hans Rosling
Enlightenment Now Steven Pinker
The Best We Could Do Thi Bui
Evicted Matthew Desmond
Believe Me Eddie Izzard
The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen
Energy and Civilization Vaclav Smil
String Theory David Foster Wallace
The Magic of Reality Richard Dawkins
Shoe Dog Phil Knight
The Gene Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Myth of the Strong Leader Archie Brown
The Grid Gretchen Bakke
Thing Explainer Randall Munroe
Mindset Carol S. Dweck
The Road to Character David Brooks
Being Nixon Evan Thomas
Eradication Nancy Leys Stepan
Sustainable Materials with Both Eyes Open
Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan M. Cullen
Seveneves Neal Stephenson
Should We Eat Meat Vaclav Smil
Making the Modern World Vaclav Smil
Harvesting the Biosphere Vaclav Smil
Energy Myths and Realities Vaclav Smil
Global Catastrophes and Trends Vaclav Smil
Energy at the Crossroads Vaclav Smil
How Not to be Wrong Jordan Ellenberg
The Vital Question Nick Lane
The Power to Compete
Ryoichi Mikitani and Hiroshi Mikitani
Sapiens Yuval Harari
Infections and Inequalities Paul Farmer
The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
Homo Deus Yuval Harari
House on Fire Bill Foege
The Better Angels of Our Nature Steven Pinker
The Sixth Extinction Elizabeth Kolbert
The Man Who Fed the World Leon Hesser
Business Adventures John Brooks
The Heart Maylis de Kerangal
How to Lie with Statistics Darrell Huff
The Bully Pulpit Doris Kearns Goodwin
How Asia Works Joe Studwell
Tap Dancing to Work Carol Loomis
The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
Born a Crime Trevor Noah
Stuff Matters Mark Miodownik
Hyperbole and a Half Allie Brosh
What If Randall Munroe
Stress Test Tim Geithner
On Immunity Eula Biss
Epic Measures Jeremy Smith
Hit Refresh Satya Nadella and Greg Shaw
Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance
A Full Life Jimmy Carter
When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi
The Rise and Fall of American Growth Robert J. Gordon
XKCD Randall Munroe
Capital in the Twenty-First Century Thomas Piketty
The Rosie Effect Graeme Simsion
The Fever Sonia Shah
Smallpox D. A. Henderson
Reinventing American Health Care Ezekiel J. Emanue
Material-World Peter Menzel
The Idealist Nina Munk
The Great Escape Angus Deaton
The Bet Rachel Van Dyken
Getting Better Charles Kenny
Behind the Beautiful Forevers Katherine Boo
The Last Hunger Season Roger Thurow
However Long the Night Aimee Molloy
In the Company of the Poor
Paul Farmer and Gustavo Gutierrez
Change by Design Tim Brown
Mighty Be Our Powers Leymah Gbowee
The Box Marc Levinson
The Most Powerful Idea in the World William Rosen
The World Until Yesterday Jared Diamond
Poor Numbers Morten Jerven
Why Does College Cost So Much?
Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman
How Children Succeed Paul Tough
Japan’s Dietary Transition and Its Impacts
Vaclav Smil and Kazuhiko Kobayashi
Made in the USA Vaclav Smil
Whistling Vivaldi Claude Steele
Patriot and Assassin Robert Cook
The Path Between the Seas David McCullough
Where Good Ideas Come From Steven Johnson
For the Love of Physics Walter Lewin
Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1 Richard P. Feynman
Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 2 Richard P. Feynman
Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 3 Richard P. Feynman
The New Science of Strong Materials J.E. Gordon
The Hair of the Dog and other Scientific Surprises Karl Sabbagh
13 Things that Don’t Make Sense Michael Brooks
Why Nations Fail
Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson
The Signal and the Noise Nate Silver
The Price of Inequality Joseph E. Stiglitz
Value Added Measures in Education Douglas N. Harris
Interventions Kofi Annan
One Billion Hungry Can we Feed the World Gordon Conway
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China Ezra F. Vogel
The Quest Daniel Yergin
Moonwalking with Einstein Joshua Foer
This Time is Different Carmen M. Reinhart
A World-Class Education Vivien Stewart
Academically Adrift Richard Arum & Joshipa Roksa
The City that Became Safe Franklin Zimring
Reinventing Fire Amory Lovins
The Art of Being Unreasonable Eli Broad
Science Business Gary P. Pisano
Awakening Joy
James Baraz & Shoshana Alexander
The Cost of Hope Amanda Bennett
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson
How Will You Measure Your Life? Clayton Christensen
Creating Innovators Tony Wagner
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Art of War Sun Tzu
Think & Grow Rich Napoleon Hill
The Grand Design Stephen Hawking
Life of Pi Yann Martel
A New Kind of Science Stephen Wolfram
A Rogue’s Guide to Acquisition
Ranak Jones, Jayesh Mehta, Anish Sikri
The Alchemist Paul Coelho
Limits to Growth Donella Meadows
Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman
The Man Who Stayed Behind Amanda Bennett
The Checklist Manifesto Atul Gawande
Unlocking Energy Innovation Richard K. Lester
The Cat’s Table Michael Ondaatje
Titan II David K. Stumpf
Why Don’t Students Like School Dan Willingham
For the Love of Physics Walter Lewin
That Used to Be Us Thomas L. Friedman Andrew S Rosen
The Emperor of All Maladies Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Hair of the Dog Karl Sabbagh
World on the Edge Lester R. Brown
Global Health Lindstrand and S. Bergstrom
Unlocking the Gates Taylor Walsh
How to Make the World a Better Place Bjørn Lomborg
Global Warming John Houghton
Frank Stewart’s Bridge Club Frank Stewart
Poor Economics
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Prime Movers of Globalization Vaclav Smil
Modernist Cuisine
Nathan Myhrvold & ? Maxime Bilet
A Champion’s Mind Pete Sampras
Outliers Malcolm Gladwell
Class Warfare Steven Brill
Health Care Will Not Reform Itself, George Halvorson
Beyond Smoke and Mirror Burton Richter
Dirt and Disease Naomi Rogers
Beyond the Crash Gordon Brown
The Foundation Joel L. Fleishman
Who’s Teaching Your Children
Vivian Troen and Katherine C. Boles
The Making of a Tropical Disease Randall M. Packard
Priorities in Health
Dean T. Jamison and Joel G. Breman
Poor Charlie’s Almanack Peter D. Kaufman and Ed Wexler
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
Too Big to Fail Andrew Ross Sorkin
The World is Flat Thomas L. Friedman
Showing Up for Life Bill Gates
Open Andre Agassi
Give Smart Joel L. Fleishman
Einstein Walter Isaacson
Creating the Twentieth Century Vaclav Smil
Broken Genius Joel Shurkin
A Separate Peace John Knowles
Vaccine Arthur Allen
Tropical Infectious Diseases Dr. Richard L. Guerrant
Mountains Beyond Mountains Tracy Kidder
The Earth’s Biosphere Vaclav Smil
Hot, Flat, and Crowded Thomas L. Friedman
Energies Vaclav Smil
Big History Cynthia Brown
The End of Poverty Jeffrey Sachs
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond
Enriching the Earth Vaclav Smil
Collapse Jared Diamond
Polio David M. Oshinsky
Stretching the School Dollar
Frederick M. Hess & ? Eric Osberg (Editor)
Where Do School Funds Go Marguerite Roza
The Rational Optimist Matt Ridley
Why America is Not a New Rome Vaclav Smil
Energy Transitions Vaclav Smil
Liberating Learning Terry Moe and John Chubb
Life is What You Make It Peter Buffett
Tomorrow’s Table
Pamela C. Ronald & R. W. Adamchak
In Fed We Trust David Wessel
Super Freakonomics Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Work Hard. Be Nice Jay Mathews
Sustainable Energy David JC MacKay
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis Jared Diamond
Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood Rose George
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Amor Towles
Presidents of War Michael Beschloss
The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties Paul Collier
Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society Nicholas A. Christakis
Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst Robert M. Sapolsky
Leonardo da Vinci Walter Isaacson
An American Marriage: A Novel Tayari Jones
These Truths: A History of the United States Jill Lepore
Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities Vaclav Smil
Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life Diane Tavenner
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams Matthew Walker PhD
The Choice: Embrace the Possible Dr. Edith Eva Eger
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company Robert Iger
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History John M. Barry
Good Economics for Hard Times Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

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