Bill Gates Unveils 2020 Holiday Reading List
by Kesi Stribling, ATS Editor
For some of us, curling up to a good book is the last thing on our minds. As we continue adjusting our work and family lives to the pandemic, taking a moment to catch up on reading may seem like a luxury.
Bill Gates disagrees. This week, the Microsoft founder and global philanthropist released a list of five books to read over the Christmas season.
From a book about the Cold War to one that explores the value of being a generalist in a specialized society, these nonfiction reads are evocative, educational, and inspirational.
Gates’ list includes The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson and Breath from Salt: A Deadly Genetic Disease, a New Era in Science, and the Patients and Families Who Changed Medicine Forever by Bijal P. Trivedi.
In addition to Gates’ recommendations, I’m adding a few favorites on my list:
1. Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell
2. The One Minute Manager Balances Work and Life, by Spencer Johnson, MD
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