Microsoft co-founder’s choices include memoir from comedian Eddie Izzard, book on American poverty.
On his personal website, the co-founder of Microsoft shared his five favorite books of 2017.
“Although I’m lucky that I get to meet with a lot of interesting people and visit fascinating places through my work, I still think books are the best way to explore new topics that interest you,” wrote Gates in a post.
Here are the five books he chose:
The Best We Could Do. The graphic novel from author Thi Bui retells the story of her family’s escape from South Vietnam during the 1970s.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee struggling through poverty. “This book gave me a better sense of what it is like to be very poor in this country than anything else I have read,” said Gates.
Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens. An autobiography based on the life of the English actor and comedian Eddie Izzard, whom Gates calls one of his favorite performers. Said Gates of the memoir: “It was there that I learned for the first time that Izzard and I share a lot of the same strengths and weaknesses.”
The Sympathizer. A 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction tells the story of a communist double agent who builds a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles, but secretly reports back to superiors in Vietnam. Gates said the book pushed him to read more books written from the Vietnamese perspective.
Energy and Civilization: A History. The book explores how the quest to generate energy has helped humans make social and economic progress. “It’s not the easiest book to read, but at the end you’ll feel smarter and better informed about how energy innovation alters the course of civilizations,” said Gates.
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