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July 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Summer reading ideas from Bill Gates

Bill Gates plans to do a lot of summer reading – perhaps more than he’s done since he was a teen.

He’s also sharing his reading list and reviews, and inviting people to recommend other books at his personal web site, The Gates Notes.

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On the site, he talks about how he’s always used summer to catch up on his reading and used to max out his library card when he was a kid. Now he may get through a book a day on vacations, on which he takes “what is probably a ridiculous number of books along.”

An excerpt:

Between family trips and some other travel I’ll be doing this summer, I probably have more reading time planned than I think I’ve had for a very long time, maybe ever since I started work. Still, I’m probably being too optimistic about what I’ll be getting to, because I’m taking a ton of books with me.

I wonder if he’s testing the Surface tablet with the Barnes & Noble app.

Here are some of the books that Gates recommends:

-“The Better Angels of our Nature” by Steven Pinker

– “The Quest” by Daniel Yergin

– “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China” by Ezra Vogel

– “The Cost of Hope” by Amanda Bennett

– “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo

– “Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update” by Donella Meadows

– “Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think” by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

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