Bill Gates
Book Recommendations

  • Factfulness

    Factfulness

    Factfulness

    H. Rosling
    Business & Economics
    Nature
    4.34 (150,518)

    When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. so wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, nobel laureates, and investment bankers.in factfulness, professor of international health and global ted phenomenon hans rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, anna and ola, offers . they reveal —from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and

    Bill Gates

    Factfulness is one of the most educational books I’ve ever read.

    Apr 3, 2018 — Source

  • The Return

    The Return

    The Return

    Hisham Matar
    Political Science
    4.14 (9,125)

    From man booker prize and national book critics circle award finalist hisham matar, a memoir of his journey home to his native libya in search of answers to his father's disappearance. in 2012, after the overthrow of qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist hisham matar journeys to his native libya after an absence of thirty years. when he was twelve, matar and his family went into political exile. eight years later matar's father, a former diplomat and military man turned brave political dissident, was kidnapped from the streets of cairo by the

    Bill Gates

    Evicted is beautifully written, eye-opening, and unforgettable.

    Dec 4, 2017 — Source

  • The Checklist Manifesto

    The Checklist Manifesto

    The Checklist Manifesto

    Atul Gawande
    4.02 (58,941)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. longer training, ever more advanced technologies‚neither seems to prevent grievous errors. but in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer atul gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.first introduced decades ago by the u.s. air force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses

    Bill Gates

    Checklist Manifesto is a great read

    Jul 11, 2012 — Source

  • Enlightenment Now

    Enlightenment Now

    Enlightenment Now

    Steven Pinker
    Psychology
    4.22 (24,929)

    If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.is the world really falling apart? is the ideal of progress obsolete? in this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual steven pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. instead, follow

    Bill Gates

    Enlightenment Now is not only the best book Pinker’s ever written. It’s my new favorite book of all time.

    Jan 26, 2018 — Source

  • Moonwalking with Einstein

    Moonwalking with Einstein

    Moonwalking with Einstein

    Joshua Foer
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.87 (83,073)

    An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, moonwalking with einstein recounts joshua foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." he draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory. from the united states memory championship to deep within the author's own mind, this is an electrifying work of journalism that reminds us that, in every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.

    Bill Gates

    It's absolutely phenomenal, one of the most interesting books I've read this summer.

    Sep 12, 2012 — Source

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

    The Better Angels of Our Nature

    The Better Angels of Our Nature

    Steven Pinker
    Psychology
    4.13 (27,354)

    Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. in his gripping and controversial new work, new york times bestselling author steven pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened

    Bill Gates

    One of the most important books I've read—not just this year, but ever.

    Jun 18, 2012 — Source

  • The Rosie Effect

    The Rosie Effect

    The Rosie Effect

    Graeme Simsion
    3.62 (121,738)

    Don tillman and rosie jarman are back. the wife project is complete, and don and rosie are happily married and living in new york. but they're about to face a new challenge because - surprise - rosie is pregnant. don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. fortunately his best friend gene is on hand to offer advice: he's left claudia and moved in with don and rosie. as don tries to schedule time for pregnancy

    Bill Gates

    The novel I gave to 50 friends

    Dec 8, 2014 — Source

  • The Bottom Billion

    The Bottom Billion

    The Bottom Billion

    Paul Collier
    Business & Economics
    3.87 (7,192)

    In the universally acclaimed and award-winning the bottom billion, paul collier reveals that fifty failed states--home to the poorest one billion people on earth--pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. the book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized west, that are dropping further and further behind the majority of the world's people, often falling into an absolute decline in living standards. a struggle rages within each of these nations between reformers and corrupt leaders--and the corrupt are

    Bill Gates

    Still on the short list of books that I recommend to people.

    May 20, 2019 — Source

  • Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

    Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

    Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

    Ezra F. Vogel
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.43 (2,407)

    No one in the twentieth century had a greater impact on world history than deng xiaoping. and no scholar is better qualified than ezra vogel to disentangle the contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of china's boldest strategist--the pragmatic, disciplined force behind china's radical economic, technological, and social transformation.

    Bill Gates

    If youre going to read one book about modern China in the period after Mao, then this is the book you should read.

    Dec 13, 2012 — Source

  • Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

    Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

    Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

    JC MacKay
    Business & Economics
    4.42 (1,523)

    Addressing the sustainable energy crisis in an objective manner, this enlightening book analyzes the relevant numbers and organizes a plan for change on both a personal level and an international scale—for europe, the united states, and the world. in case study format, this informative reference answers questions surrounding nuclear energy, the potential of sustainable fossil fuels, and the possibilities of sharing renewable power with foreign countries. while underlining the difficulty of minimizing consumption, the tone remains positive as it debunks misinformation and clearly explains the calculations of expenditure per person

    Bill Gates

    this is one of the best books on energy that has been written,

    Jan 15, 2010 — Source

  • The Rosie Project

    The Rosie Project

    The Rosie Project

    Graeme Simsion
    Fiction
    4.01 (499,257)

    An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.don tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. he is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. so when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his

    Bill Gates

    The Rosie Project is one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time.

    Jul 13, 2014 — Source

  • These Truths

    These Truths

    These Truths

    Jill Lepore
    History
    4.41 (8,727)

    Widely hailed for its “sweeping, sobering account of the american past” (new york times book review), jill lepore’s one-volume history of america places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. the american experiment rests on three ideas—“these truths,” jefferson called them—political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. but has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?these truths tells this uniquely american story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven

    Bill Gates

    I highly recommend the book.

    Dec 10, 2019 — Source

  • For the Love of Physics

    For the Love of Physics

    For the Love of Physics

    Walter Lewin
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.25 (3,336)

    “you have changed my life” is a common refrain in the emails walter lewin receives daily from fans who have been enthralled by his world-famous video lectures about the wonders of physics. “i walk with a new spring in my step and i look at life through physics-colored eyes,” wrote one such fan. when lewin’s lectures were made available online, he became an instant youtube celebrity, and the new york times declared, “walter lewin delivers his lectures with the panache of julia child bringing french cooking to amateurs and the

    Bill Gates

    a book Bill highly recommends

    Mar 6, 2012 — Source

  • Class Warfare

    Class Warfare

    Class Warfare

    Steven Brill
    Education
    3.67 (536)

    A reporting tour de force, award-winning journalist steven brill takes an uncompromising look at the adults who are fighting over america’s failure to educate its children—and points the way to reversing that failure. brill’s vivid narrative—filled with unexpected twists and turns—takes us from the oval office, where president obama signs off on an unprecedented plan that will infuriate the teachers’ unions because it offers billions to states that win an education reform “contest”; to boisterous assemblies, where parents join the fight over their children’s schools; to a fifth avenue apartment,

    Bill Gates

    I hope this book is widely read because it shows just how difficult it is going to be to improve education

    Sep 9, 2011 — Source

  • Only the Paranoid Survive. Lessons from the CEO of INTEL Corporation

    Only the Paranoid Survive. Lessons from the CEO of INTEL Corporation

    Only the Paranoid Survive. Lessons from the CEO of INTEL Corporation

    Andrew Grove
    American fiction
    Business & Economics
    3.94 (8,344)

    The president and ceo of intel, the world's largest chipmaker, reveals how to identify and exploit the key moments of change in any industry that generates either drastic failure or incredible success. under andrew grove's leadership, intel has become the world's largest computer chipmaker, the 5th most admired company in america, and the 7th most profitable company among the fortune 500. few ceos can claim this level of success. grove attributes much of it to the philosophy and strategy he has learned the hard way as he steered intel through

    Bill Gates

    read this book if you want to be a better manager

    May 18, 2018 — Source

  • Tap Dancing to Work

    Tap Dancing to Work

    Tap Dancing to Work

    Carol J. Loomis
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.97 (2,268)

    When carol loomis first mentioned a little-known omaha hedge fund manager in a 1966 fortune article, she didn’t dream that warren buffett would one day be considered the world’s greatest investor—nor that she and buffett would quickly become close personal friends. as buf­fett’s fortune and reputation grew over time, loomis used her unique insight into buffett’s thinking to chronicle his work for fortune, writ­ing and proposing scores of stories that tracked his many accomplishments—and also his occa­sional mistakes. now loomis has collected and updated the best buffett articles fortune published

    Bill Gates

    I hope many people, even those who think they know Warren well, will read it cover to cover.

    Dec 5, 2012 — Source

  • Presidents of War

    Presidents of War

    Presidents of War

    Michael Beschloss
    Executive power
    4.23 (2,492)

    It sometimes seems, in retrospect, as if america has been almost continuously at war. ten years in the research and writing, presidents of war is a fresh, magisterial, intimate look at a procession of american leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory. it brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any president, at times sending hundreds of thousands of american men and women to their deaths. from james madison and the war of 1812 to recent

    Bill Gates

    Presidents of War is worth reading, whether you are one of the nation’s leaders or just an armchair historian.

    May 20, 2019 — Source

  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    Thomas Piketty
    Business & Economics
    4.02 (29,704)

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. but satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. in capital in the twenty-first century, thomas piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. his findings will transform

    Bill Gates

    I encourage you to read it

    Oct 13, 2014 — Source

  • Bad Blood

    Bad Blood

    Bad Blood

    John Carreyrou
    Business & Economics
    4.39 (214,769)

    In 2014, theranos founder and ceo elizabeth holmes was widely seen as the female steve jobs: a brilliant stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. backed by investors such as larry ellison and tim draper, theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. there was just one problem: the technology didn't work.for years, holmes had been misleading investors, fda officials,

    Bill Gates

    a book so compelling that I couldn’t turn away.

    Dec 3, 2018 — Source

  • The Rise and Fall of American Growth

    The Rise and Fall of American Growth

    The Rise and Fall of American Growth

    Robert J. Gordon
    Business & Economics
    4.19 (1,621)

    In the century after the civil war, an economic revolution improved the american standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. but has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end? weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, the rise and fall of american growth challenges the view that economic growth will continue unabated, and demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 cannot be repeated. gordon contends that the

    Bill Gates

    The book was a fantastic read, and well worth the time.

    Jul 26, 2016 — Source

  • Stuff Matters

    Stuff Matters

    Stuff Matters

    Mark Miodownik
    Science
    4.1 (16,351)

    An adventure deep inside the everyday materials that surround us, packed with surprising stories and fascinating science. why is glass see-through? what makes elastic stretchy? why does a paper clip bend? why does any material look and behave the way it does? these are the sorts of questions that mark miodownik a globally-renowned materials scientist has spent his life exploring in this book he examines the materials he encounters in a typical morning, from the steel in his razor and the graphite in his pencil to the foam in his

    Bill Gates

    It's an amazing book and the best nonfiction story I've read in a long time.

    Jul 23, 2015 — Source

  • Creating the Twentieth Century

    Creating the Twentieth Century

    Creating the Twentieth Century

    Vaclav Smil
    Business & Economics
    4.21 (136)

    The period between 1867 and 1914 remains the greatest watershed in human history since the emergence of settled agricultural societies: the time when an expansive civilization based on synergy of fuels, science, and technical innovation was born. at its beginnings in the 1870s were dynamite, the telephone, photographic film, and the first light bulbs. its peak decade - the astonishing 1880s - brought electricity - generating plants, electric motors, steam turbines, the gramophone, cars, aluminum production, air-filled rubber tires, and prestressed concrete. and its post-1900 period sawthe first airplanes, tractors,

    Bill Gates

    My favorite Smil book

    Oct 13, 2010 — Source

  • Transforming the Twentieth Century

    Transforming the Twentieth Century

    Transforming the Twentieth Century

    Vaclav Smil
    Business & Economics
    4.16 (31)

    This inquiry into the technical advances that shaped the 20th century follows the evolutions of all the principal innovations introduced before 1913 (as detailed in the first volume) as well as the origins and elaborations of all fundamental 20th century advances. the history of the 20th century is rooted in amazing technical advances of 1871-1913, but the century differs so remarkably from the preceding 100 years because of several unprecedented combinations. the 20th century had followed on the path defined during the half century preceding the beginning of world war

    Bill Gates

    My favorite Smil book

    Oct 13, 2010 — Source

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    A Gentleman in Moscow

    A Gentleman in Moscow

    Amor Towles
    Fiction
    4.33 (392,909)

    With his breakout debut novel, rules of civility, amor towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. readers and critics were enchanted; as npr commented, “towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change.”a gentleman in moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of count alexander rostov. when, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a

    Bill Gates

    A Gentleman in Moscow is an amazing story because it manages to be a little bit of everything.

    May 20, 2019 — Source

  • The Sixth Extinction

    The Sixth Extinction

    The Sixth Extinction

    Elizabeth Kolbert
    Nature
    4.13 (59,149)

    Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. this time around, the cataclysm is us. in prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, the new yorker writer elizabeth kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no

    Bill Gates

    It’s a sobering but engaging and informative read.

    Jul 13, 2014 — Source

  • The Moment of Lift

    The Moment of Lift

    The Moment of Lift

    Melinda Gates
    4.3 (51,527)

    For the last twenty years, melinda gates has been on a mission. her goal, as co-chair of the bill & melinda gates foundation, has been to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: if you want to lift a society up, invest in women.in this candid and inspiring book, gates traces her awakening to the link between women's empowerment and the health of societies. she shows some of the tremendous opportunities that exist right

    Bill Gates

    I would say this even if I weren’t married to the author: The Moment of Lift is a terrific read.

    Apr 9, 2019 — Source

  • Seveneves

    Seveneves

    Seveneves

    Neal Stephenson
    Fiction
    Social Science
    3.98 (106,656)

    What would happen if the world were ending?a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. in a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.but the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . .five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious

    Bill Gates

    A thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable book.

    May 17, 2016 — Source

  • Army of None

    Army of None

    Army of None

    Paul Scharre
    History
    3.8 (1,991)

    The era of autonomous weapons has arrived. today around the globe, at least thirty nations have weapons that can search for and destroy enemy targets all on their own. paul scharre, a leading expert in next-generation warfare, describes these and other high tech weapons systems—from israel’s harpy drone to the american submarine-hunting robot ship sea hunter—and examines the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. “a smart primer to what’s to come in warfare” (bruce schneier), army of none engages military history, global policy, and cutting-edge science to explore the

    Bill Gates

    Shows that autonomy has great benefits in environments where humans can't survive. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    Dec 3, 2018 — Source

  • How Not to Be Wrong

    How Not to Be Wrong

    How Not to Be Wrong

    Jordan Ellenberg
    Mathematics
    3.96 (16,570)

    —the math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. in how not to be wrong, jordan ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it.math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. it’s a science of not being wrong, hammered out

    Bill Gates

    A fascinating look at how we all do math.

    May 17, 2016 — Source

  • Hyperbole and a Half

    Hyperbole and a Half

    Hyperbole and a Half

    Allie Brosh
    Humor
    4.13 (199,401)

    This is a book i wrote. because i wrote it, i had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. i tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative--like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it--but i soon discovered that i’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. so i decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:pictureswordsstories about things that happened to mestories about

    Bill Gates

    an honest-to-goodness summer read. You will rip through it in three hours, tops. But you’ll wish it went on longer, because it’s funny and smart as hell.

    May 19, 2015 — Source

  • The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness

    The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness

    The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness

    Andy Puddicombe
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4 (11,613)

    This program was previously published as get some headspace: how mindfulness can change your life in ten minutes a day.quiet the mind, feel less stressed and less tired, and achieve a new level of calm and fulfillment in just ten minutes a day.andy puddicombe, a former buddhist monk, the voice of headspace, and the uk's foremost mindfulness expert, is on a mission: to get people to take 10 minutes out of their day to sit in the here and now.like his readers and students, andy began his own meditation practice

    Bill Gates

    Andy has taken some heat for his low-barrier approach, but he got me to take up meditation.

    Dec 3, 2018 — Source

  • Should We Eat Meat?

    Should We Eat Meat?

    Should We Eat Meat?

    Vaclav Smil
    Technology & Engineering
    3.57 (509)

    This book is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examination and critique of meat consumption by humans, throughout history and around the world. setting the scene with a chapter on meat's role in human evolution and its growing influence during the development of agricultural practices, the book goes on to examine modern production systems, their costs, efficiencies and outputs. the major global trends of meat consumption are described: what part does meat play in changing modern diets in countries around the world? the heart of the book addresses the consequences of the

    Bill Gates

    I have written several times before about how much I admire Smils work.

    Apr 21, 2015 — Source

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    21 Lessons for the 21st Century

    Yuval Noah Harari
    History
    4.16 (125,099)

    How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? how do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? are nations and religions still relevant? what should we teach our children?yuval noah harari's 21 lessons for the 21st century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. as technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, harari addresses the challenge of

    Bill Gates

    Harari is such a stimulating writer that even when I disagreed, I wanted to keep reading and thinking.

    Dec 3, 2018 — Source

  • Turtles All the Way Down

    Turtles All the Way Down

    Turtles All the Way Down

    John Green
    Anxiety disorders
    3.92 (420,548)

    It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. turtles all the way down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, star wars fan fiction, and tuatara. but at its heart is aza holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.in his long-awaited return, john green shares aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

    Bill Gates

    My family loved reading this book together.

    Mar 27, 2018 — Source

  • On Immunity

    On Immunity

    On Immunity

    Eula Biss
    Social Science
    3.94 (10,411)

    Upon becoming a new mother, eula biss addresses a chronic condition of fear--fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what is in your child's air, food, mattress, medicine, and vaccines. she finds that you cannot immunize your child, or yourself, from the world.in this bold, fascinating book, biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. as she hears more and more fears about vaccines, biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community,

    Bill Gates

    When I stumbled across the book on the Internet, I thought it might be a worthwhile read. I had no idea what a pleasure reading it would be.

    May 30, 2015 — Source

  • How Asia Works

    How Asia Works

    How Asia Works

    Joe Studwell
    Business & Economics
    4.27 (3,362)

    In the 1980s and 1990s many in the west came to believe in the myth of an east-asian economic miracle. japan was going to dominate, then china. countries were called “tigers” or “mini-dragons,” and were seen as not just development prodigies, but as a unified bloc, culturally and economically similar, and inexorably on the rise.joe studwell has spent two decades as a reporter in the region, and the financial times said he “should be named chief myth-buster for asian business.” in how asia works, studwell distills his extensive research into

    Bill Gates

    I found the book to be quite compelling.

    Dec 8, 2014 — Source

  • String Theory

    String Theory

    String Theory

    David Foster Wallace
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.17 (3,281)

    Both a onetime "near-great junior tennis player" and a lifelong connoisseur of the finer points of the game, david foster wallace wrote about tennis with the authority of an insider, the showmanship of a literary pyrotechnician, and disarming admiration of an irrepressible fan. including his masterful profiles of roger federer and tracy austin, string theory gathers wallace's five famous essays on tennis, pieces that have been hailed by sportswriters and literary critics alike as some of the greatest and most innovative magazine writing in recent memory. whiting award-winning journalist john

    Bill Gates

    I loved this book on tennis as much for the writing as its insights into my favorite sport.

    Dec 5, 2016 — Source

  • Bosnia

    Bosnia

    Bosnia

    Noel Malcolm
    Mathematics
    4.08 (594)

    This updated edition of noel malcolm's highly-acclaimed bosnia: a short history provides the reader with the most comprehensive narrative history of bosnia in the english language. malcolm examines the different religious and ethnic inhabitants of bosnia, a land of vast cultural upheaval where the empires of rome, charlemagne, the ottomans, and the austro-hungarians overlapped. clarifying the various myths that have clouded the modern understanding of bosnia's past, malcolm brings to light the true causes of the country's destruction. this expanded edition of bosnia includes a new epilogue by the author

    Bill Gates

    How to Lie With Statistics is a great introduction to a crucial topic.

    Mar 14, 2015 — Source

  • Life Is What You Make It

    Life Is What You Make It

    Life Is What You Make It

    Peter Buffett
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.78 (2,009)

    From composer, musician, and philanthropist peter buffett comes a warm, wise, and inspirational book that asks, which will you choose: the path of least resistance or the path of potentially greatest satisfaction?you may think that with a last name like his, buffett has enjoyed a life of endless privilege. but the son of billionaire investor warren buffett says that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a philosophy: forge your own path in life. it is a creed that has allowed him to follow his own passions,

    Bill Gates

    It's a thoughtful and touching book, and we plan on reading it with our older children.

    Jun 18, 2010 — Source

  • In FED We Trust

    In FED We Trust

    In FED We Trust

    David Wessel
    Business & Economics
    3.73 (995)

    That was federal reserve chairman ben bernanke’s vow as the worst financial panic in more than fifty years gripped the world and he struggled to avoid the once unthinkable: a repeat of the great depression. brilliant but temperamentally cautious, bernanke researched and wrote about the causes of the depression during his career as an academic. then when thrust into a role as one of the most important people in the world, he was compelled to boldness by circumstances he never anticipated.the president of the united states can respond instantly to

    Bill Gates

    if someone wants to understand what happened during what they call the “Great Panic,” this is one of the books they should be read.

    Feb 22, 2010 — Source

  • The Magic of Reality

    The Magic of Reality

    The Magic of Reality

    Richard Dawkins
    Comics & Graphic Novels
    4.05 (24,077)

    Magic takes many forms. supernatural magic is what our ancestors used in order to explain the world before they developed the scientific method. the ancient egyptians explained the night by suggesting the goddess nut swallowed the sun. the vikings believed a rainbow was the gods’ bridge to earth. the japanese used to explain earthquakes by conjuring a gigantic catfish that carried the world on its back—earthquakes occurred each time it flipped its tail. these are magical, extraordinary tales. but there is another kind of magic, and it lies in the

    Bill Gates

    I loved reading this science book for young adults.

    May 19, 2015 — Source

  • A World-Class Education

    A World-Class Education

    A World-Class Education

    Vivien Stewart
    Education
    3.75 (108)

    Designed to promote conversation about how to educate students for a rapidly changing, innovation-based world, this comprehensive and illuminating book from international education expert vivien stewart focuses on understanding what the world's best school systems are doing right for the purpose of identifying what u.s. schools at the national, state, and local level might do differently and better.

    Bill Gates

    I recommend this book as a good overview of what other countries are doing, although I would have liked to see more data.

    Oct 30, 2012 — Source

  • The Man Who Fed the World

    The Man Who Fed the World

    The Man Who Fed the World

    Leon Hesser
    3.84 (403)

    The man who fed the world provides a loving and respectful portrait of one of america's greatest heroes. nobel peace prize recipient for averting hunger and famine, dr. norman borlang is credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives from starvation-more than any other person in history? loved by millions around the world, dr. borlang is recognized as one of the most influential men of the twentieth century.

    Bill Gates

    there is a great biography of Borlaug, The Man Who Fed the World, which I highly recommend.

    Jan 24, 2012 — Source

  • Energy and Civilization

    Energy and Civilization

    Energy and Civilization

    Vaclav Smil
    4.12 (2,146)

    Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. the conversion of energy on earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. life on earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass. humans have come to rely on many more energy flows—ranging from fossil fuels to photovoltaic generation of electricity—for their civilized existence. in this monumental history, vaclav smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil

    Bill Gates

    One of my favorite authors explains how energy drives human history.

    Dec 4, 2017 — Source

  • The Idealist

    The Idealist

    The Idealist

    Nina Munk
    Social Science
    3.93 (1,266)

    A powerful portrayal of jeffrey sachs's ambitious quest to end global poverty "the poor you will always have with you," to cite the gospel of matthew 26:11. jeffrey sachs—celebrated economist, special advisor to the secretary general of the united nations, and author of the influential bestseller the end of poverty—disagrees. in his view, poverty is a problem that can be solved. with single-minded determination he has attempted to put into practice his theories about ending extreme poverty, to prove that the world's most destitute people can be lifted onto "the

    Bill Gates

    It’s a valuable—and, at times, heartbreaking—cautionary tale.

    May 21, 2014 — Source

  • The Vital Question

    The Vital Question

    The Vital Question

    Nick Lane
    Science
    4.17 (4,401)

    The earth teems with life: in its oceans, forests, skies and cities. yet there’s a black hole at the heart of biology. we do not know why complex life is the way it is, or, for that matter, how life first began. in the vital question, award-winning author and biochemist nick lane radically reframes evolutionary history, putting forward a solution to conundrums that have puzzled generations of scientists.for two and a half billion years, from the very origins of life, single-celled organisms such as bacteria evolved without changing their basic

    Bill Gates

    This biology book blew me away

    Apr 27, 2016 — Source

  • What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    Randall Munroe
    Humor
    4.12 (149,381)

    Randall munroe left nasa in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site xkcd 'a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language' which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. it now has 600,000 to a million page hits daily. every now and then, munroe would get emails asking him to arbitrate a science debate. 'my friend and i were arguing about what would happen if a bullet got struck by lightning, and we agreed that you should resolve it . . . ' he

    Bill Gates

    I got a kick out of Randall Munroe’s brilliant, offbeat science lessons.

    May 19, 2015 — Source

  • Growth

    Growth

    Growth

    Vaclav Smil
    Nature
    3.88 (722)

    Growth has been both an unspoken and an explicit aim of our individual and collective striving. it governs the lives of microorganisms and galaxies; it shapes the capabilities of our extraordinarily large brains and the fortunes of our economies. growth is manifested in annual increments of continental crust, a rising gross domestic product, a child's growth chart, the spread of cancerous cells. in this magisterial book, vaclav smil offers systematic investigation of growth in nature and society, from tiny organisms to the trajectories of empires and civilizations.smil takes readers from

    Bill Gates

    Although Growth is a brilliant synthesis of everything we can learn from patterns of growth in the natural and human-made world, it’s not for everyone. Long sections read like a textbook or engineering manual.

    Dec 10, 2019 — Source

  • Shoe Dog

    Shoe Dog

    Shoe Dog

    Phil Knight
    Autobiographies
    4.46 (208,007)

    In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, nike founder and ceo phil knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.in 1962, fresh out of business school, phil knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from japan. selling the shoes from the trunk of his lime green plymouth valiant, knight grossed $8,000 his first year.

    Bill Gates

    A refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like.

    Dec 5, 2016 — Source

  • SuperFreakonomics

    SuperFreakonomics

    SuperFreakonomics

    Stephen J Dubner,Steven D. Levitt
    Business & Economics
    3.99 (128,180)

    The new york times best-selling freakonomics was a worldwide sensation, selling over four million copies in thirty-five languages and changing the way we look at the world. now, steven d. levitt and stephen j. dubner return with superfreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the freakquel is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first.four years in the making, superfreakonomics asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones: what's more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk? why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it's so

    Bill Gates

    Entertaining, well-written, and full of surprises and insights.

    Feb 1, 2010 — Source

  • Origin Story

    Origin Story

    Origin Story

    David Christian
    4.07 (5,644)

    ** a 2018 goodreads choice award nominee in the history & biography category**a captivating history of the universe -- from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future.most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. but what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day -- and even into the remote future? how would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the

    Bill Gates

    An up-to-date history of everything that will leave you with a greater appreciation of our place in the universe.

    May 21, 2018 — Source

  • The World Until Yesterday

    The World Until Yesterday

    The World Until Yesterday

    Jared Diamond
    History
    3.75 (9,644)

    Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. while the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence. societies like those of the new guinea highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday—in evolutionary time—when everything changed

    Bill Gates

    if you have a particular interest in what life is like for hunter-gatherers, The World Until Tomorrow is a good choice.

    Jul 18, 2013 — Source

  • The Most Powerful Idea in the World

    The Most Powerful Idea in the World

    The Most Powerful Idea in the World

    William Rosen
    Business & Economics
    3.91 (1,246)

    If all measures of human advancement in the last hundred centuries were plotted on a graph, they would show an almost perfectly flat line—until the eighteenth century, when the industrial revolution would cause the line to shoot straight up, beginning an almost uninterrupted march of progress. in , william rosen tells the story of the men responsible for the industrial revolution and the machine that drove it—the steam engine. in the process he tackles the question that has obsessed historians ever since: what made eighteenth-century britain such fertile soil for

    Bill Gates

    The Most Powerful Idea in the World is an entertaining narrative weaving together the clever characters, incremental innovations and historical context behind the steam engines that gave birth to our modern world.

    Feb 4, 2013 — Source

  • Where Good Ideas Come from

    Where Good Ideas Come from

    Where Good Ideas Come from

    Steven Johnson
    History
    3.99 (13,913)

    The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. but where do they come from? what kind of environment breeds them? what sparks the flash of brilliance? how do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? steven johnson's answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines. from darwin and freud to the halls of google and apple, johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and

    Bill Gates

    Good at giving examples of how you create environments that can encourage good ideas.

     — Source

  • The Myth of the Strong Leader

    The Myth of the Strong Leader

    The Myth of the Strong Leader

    Archie Brown
    Political Science
    3.68 (655)

    In this magisterial and wide-ranging survey of political leadership over the past hundred years, archie brown challenges the widespread belief that strong leaders - those who dominate their colleagues and the policy-making process - are the most successful and admirable.within authoritarian regimes, a more collective leadership is a lesser evil compared with personal dictatorship where cultivation of the myth of the strong leader is often a prelude to oppression and carnage. within democracies, although 'strong leaders' are seldom as strong or independent as they purport to be, the idea that

    Bill Gates

    Though The Myth of the Strong Leader is about political leadership, you come away from Brown’s analysis with a deeper understanding of leadership in general.

    Dec 5, 2016 — Source

  • Prepared

    Prepared

    Prepared

    Diane Tavenner
    Education
    3.96 (2,410)

    Diane tavenner founded the first summit charter school in 2003, developing and perfecting a personalized, project-based curriculum that puts students in charge of their own learning. the school developed a personalized learning plan for every student. they engaged the students by engaging them in interdisciplinary, real-world projects, rather than passively learning and memorizing in a classroom environment. they created mentorship groups, where students would talk through their goals and help each other solve problems, as well as meet one on one with their mentor, weekly. by internalizing a sense of

    Bill Gates

    Offers amazing tips on preparing kids for college, a career, and life.

    Dec 10, 2019 — Source

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers

    Katherine Boo
    History
    3.97 (104,634)

    From pulitzer prize-winner katherine boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities.in this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the mumbai airport, and as india starts to prosper, annawadians are electric with hope. abdul, a reflective and enterprising muslim

    Bill Gates

    A vivid depiction of the daily challenges millions face in urban slums.

    May 31, 2012 — Source

  • Team of Rivals

    Team of Rivals

    Team of Rivals

    Doris Kearns Goodwin
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.23 (178,128)

    Acclaimed historian doris kearns goodwin illuminates lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.on may 18, 1860, william h. seward, salmon p. chase, edward bates, and abraham lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the republican national convention in chicago. when lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery

    Bill Gates

    I...highly recommend this

    Jul 12, 2014 — Source

  • Awakening Joy

    Awakening Joy

    Awakening Joy

    James Baraz,Shoshana Alexander
    Self-Help
    4.13 (636)

    Joy is not for just the lucky few–it’s a choice anyone can make. in this groundbreaking book, based on his popular course, james baraz helps you discover a path to the happiness that’s right in front of you, offering a step-by-step program that will reorient your mind away from dissatisfaction and distraction and toward the contentment and delight that is abundantly available in our everyday lives.you can decide to be happy. for years, james baraz’s online awakening joy course has offered participants from around the world the benefits of this

    Bill Gates

    Even if you don’t read many inspirational books, try this is one. It’s about enjoying life.

    Sep 13, 2012 — Source

  • Why America Is Not a New Rome

    Why America Is Not a New Rome

    Why America Is Not a New Rome

    Vaclav Smil
    History
    3.51 (93)

    America's post--cold war strategic dominance and its pre-recession affluence inspired pundits to make celebratory comparisons to ancient rome at its most powerful. now, with america no longer perceived as invulnerable, engaged in protracted fighting in iraq and afghanistan, and suffering the worst economic downturn since the great depression, comparisons are to the bloated, decadent, ineffectual later empire. in "why america is not a new rome," vaclav smil looks at these comparisons in detail, going deeper than the facile analogy-making of talk shows and glossy magazine articles. he finds profound differences.smil,

    Bill Gates

    Vaclav Smil has written another very informative book

    Oct 21, 2010 — Source

  • Energy Transitions

    Energy Transitions

    Energy Transitions

    Vaclav Smil
    Business & Economics
    4.24 (114)

    Energy transitions are fundamental processes behind the evolution of human societies: they both drive and are driven by technical, economic, and social changes. in a bold and provocative argument, energy transitions: history, requirements, prospects describes the history of modern society's dependence on fossil fuels and the prospects for the transition to a nonfossil world. vaclav smil, who has published more on various aspects of energy than any working scientist, makes it clear that this transition will not be accomplished easily, and that it cannot be accomplished within the timetables established

    Bill Gates

    Vaclav Smil has written another important book on energy which is quite amazing

    Oct 6, 2010 — Source

  • The Great Escape

    The Great Escape

    The Great Escape

    Angus Deaton
    Business & Economics
    3.84 (1,966)

    The world is a better place than it used to be. people are healthier, wealthier, and live longer. yet the escapes from destitution by so many has left gaping inequalities between people and nations. in "the great escape," angus deaton--one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty--tells the remarkable story of how, beginning 250 years ago, some parts of the world experienced sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today's disproportionately unequal world. deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns

    Bill Gates

    there’s a lot to recommend in it

    Apr 8, 2014 — Source

  • The Heart

    The Heart

    The Heart

    Maylis de Kerangal
    Fiction
    3.85 (7,928)

    Just before dawn on a sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. while driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. the doctors declare him brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating.the heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. in gorgeous, ruminative

    Bill Gates

    Melinda thought I would love Maylis de Kerangal’s The Heart. She was right.

    May 22, 2017 — Source

  • Poor Economics

    Poor Economics

    Poor Economics

    Abhijit Banerjee,Esther Duflo
    Economic assistance
    4.29 (17,891)

    Billions of government dollars, and thousands of charitable organizations and ngos, are dedicated to helping the world's poor. but much of their work is based on assumptions that are untested generalizations at best, harmful misperceptions at worst.abhijit banerjee and esther duflo have pioneered the use of randomized control trials in development economics. work based on these principles, supervised by the poverty action lab, is being carried out in dozens of countries. drawing on this and their 15 years of research from chile to india, kenya to indonesia, they have identified

    Bill Gates

    Very helpful, because it is both empirically rigorous and insightful

    Oct 31, 2011 — Source

  • Capitalism Without Capital

    Capitalism Without Capital

    Capitalism Without Capital

    Jonathan Haskel,Stian Westlake
    Business & Economics
    3.81 (1,960)

    Early in the twenty-first century, a quiet revolution occurred. for the first time, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, r&d, and software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. for all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly the main source of long-term success.but this is not just a familiar story of the so-called new economy. capitalism without capital

    Bill Gates

    The book is eye opening, but it’s not for everyone. Although Haskel and Westlake are good about explaining things, you need some familiarity with economics to follow what they’re saying.

    Aug 14, 2018 — Source

  • The New Science of Strong Materials

    The New Science of Strong Materials

    The New Science of Strong Materials

    James Edward Gordon
    Science
    4.21 (409)

    J. e. gordon's classic introduction to the properties of materials used in engineering answers some fascinating and fundamental questions about how the structural world around us works. gordon focuses on so-called strong materials--such as metals, wood, ceramics, glass, and bone--explaining in engaging and accessible terms the unique physical and chemical basis for their inherent structural qualities. he also shows how an in-depth understanding of these materials' intrinsic strengths--and weaknesses--guides our engineering choices, allowing us to build the structures that support our society. this work is an enduring example of first-rate

    Bill Gates

    It is a very cool book that I recommend.

    Sep 19, 2011 — Source

  • Leonardo da Vinci

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Walter Isaacson
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.14 (86,373)

    Based on thousands of pages from leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, walter isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. he shows how leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. he produced the two most famous paintings in history, the last supper and the mona lisa. but in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and

    Bill Gates

    If you liked Walter’s major biographies of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein, you’ll probably appreciate this one.

    May 21, 2018 — Source

  • Why Does College Cost So Much?

    Why Does College Cost So Much?

    Why Does College Cost So Much?

    David H. Feldman,Robert B. Archibald
    Business & Economics
    3.72 (111)

    Much of what is written about colleges and universities ties rapidly rising tuition to dysfunctional behavior in the academy. common targets of dysfunction include prestige games among universities, gold plated amenities, and bloated administration. this book offers a different view. toexplain rising college cost, the authors place the higher education industry firmly within the larger economic history of the united states. the trajectory of college cost is similar to cost behavior in many other industries, and this is no coincidence. higher education is a personal service thatrelies on highly educated

    Bill Gates

    This book is a useful introduction to a complex problem.

    May 1, 2013 — Source

  • Making the Modern World

    Making the Modern World

    Making the Modern World

    Vaclav Smil
    Dune (Imaginary place)
    Science
    3.76 (492)

    Over the course of time, the modern world has become dependent on unprecedented flows of materials. now even the most efficient production processes and the highest practical rates of recycling may not be enough to result in dematerialization rates that would be high enough to negate the rising demand for materials generated by continuing population growth and rising standards of living. this book explores the costs of this dependence and the potential for substantial dematerialization of modern economies.making the modern world: materials and dematerialization considers the principal materials used throughout

    Bill Gates

    Not only did I learn some mind-blowing facts, but I also gained a new appreciation for all the materials that make modern life possible.

    Jun 12, 2014 — Source

  • Work Hard. Be Nice.

    Work Hard. Be Nice.

    Work Hard. Be Nice.

    Jay Mathews
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.83 (2,233)

    When mike feinberg and dave levin signed up for teach for america right after college and found themselves utter failures in the classroom, they vowed to remake themselves into superior educators. they did that—and more. in their early twenties, by sheer force of talent and determination never to take no for an answer, they created a wildly successful fifth-grade experience that would grow into the knowledge is power program (kipp), which today includes sixty-six schools in nineteen states and the district of columbia. kipp schools incorporate what feinberg and levin

    Bill Gates

    I certainly think people who care about education should read the book

    Jan 21, 2010 — Source

  • The Sympathizer

    The Sympathizer

    The Sympathizer

    Viet Thanh Nguyen
    Fiction
    3.97 (97,163)

    It is april 1975, and saigon is in chaos. at his villa, a general of the south vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. the general and his compatriots start a new life in los angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the viet cong. the sympathizer is the story of

    Bill Gates

    I thought this thrilling story about a double agent lived up to the hype.

    Dec 4, 2017 — Source

  • The Bet

    The Bet

    The Bet

    Paul Sabin
    Business & Economics
    3.7 (307)

    In 1980, the iconoclastic economist julian simon challenged celebrity biologist paul ehrlich to a bet. their wager on the future prices of five metals captured the public’s imagination as a test of coming prosperity or doom. ehrlich, author of the landmark book the population bomb, predicted that rising populations would cause overconsumption, resource scarcity, and famine—with apocalyptic consequences for humanity. simon optimistically countered that human welfare would flourish thanks to flexible markets, technological change, and our collective ingenuity. simon and ehrlich’s debate reflected a deepening national conflict over the future

    Bill Gates

    I recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand the history of the divisive discussions we have today

    Dec 12, 2013 — Source

  • Prime Movers of Globalization

    Prime Movers of Globalization

    Prime Movers of Globalization

    Vaclav Smil
    Political Science
    3.86 (109)

    The many books on globalization published over the past few years range from claims that the world is flat to an unlikely rehabilitation of genghis khan as a pioneer of global commerce. missing from these accounts is a consideration of the technologies behind the creation of the globalized economy. what makes it possible for us to move billions of tons of raw materials and manufactured goods from continent to continent? why are we able to fly almost anywhere on the planet within twenty-four hours? in "prime movers of globalization," vaclav

    Bill Gates

    another remarkable book by Smil

    Oct 26, 2017 — Source

  • Getting Better

    Getting Better

    Getting Better

    Charles Kenny
    Business & Economics
    3.64 (184)

    As the income gap between developed and developing nations grows, so grows the cacophony of voices claiming that the quest to find a simple recipe for economic growth has failed. getting better, in sharp contrast, reports the good news about global progress. economist charles kenny argues against development naysayers by pointing to the evidence of widespread improvements in health, education, peace, liberty--and even happiness.kenny shows how the spread of cheap technologies, such as vaccines and bed nets, and ideas, such as political rights, has transformed the world. he also shows

    Bill Gates

    One of the best known, economist William Easterly, even provided a blurb, praising the book. “You will never look at global economic development the same way again,” he says. To me, that’s exactly right.

    May 21, 2011 — Source

  • Everything Happens for a Reason

    Everything Happens for a Reason

    Everything Happens for a Reason

    Kate Bowler
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.79 (36,630)

    Thirty-five-year-old kate bowler was a professor at the school of divinity at duke, and had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart after years of trying, when she began to feel jabbing pains in her stomach. she lost thirty pounds, chugged antacid, and visited doctors for three months before she was finally diagnosed with stage iv colon cancer.as she navigates the aftermath of her diagnosis, kate pulls the reader deeply into her life, which is populated with a colorful, often hilarious collection of friends, pastors, parents, and doctors, and

    Bill Gates

    A wise and funny memoir from a young woman facing her own mortality.

    May 21, 2018 — Source

  • Change.edu

    Change.edu

    Change.edu

    Andrew S Rosen
    Education
    3.69 (94)

    While low-income students can’t find a spot in their local community colleges for lack of funding, public four-year universities are spending staggering sums on luxurious residence halls, ever-bigger football stadiums, and obscure research institutes. we have cosseted our most advantaged students even as we deny access to the working adults who urgently need higher education to advance their careers and our economy. inandrew s. rosen clearly and entertainingly details how far the american higher education system has strayed from the goals of access, quality, affordability, and accountability that should characterize

    Bill Gates

    I find his insights truly important for the debate on what needs to be done to improve the success of post-secondary education in America.

    Jan 22, 2012 — Source

  • Energy Myths and Realities

    Energy Myths and Realities

    Energy Myths and Realities

    Vaclav Smil
    Political Science
    3.88 (523)

    There are many misconceptions about the future of global energy often presented as fact by the media, politicians, business leaders, activists, and even scientists--wasting time and money and hampering the development of progressive energy policies. energy myths and realities: bringing science to the energy policy debate debunks the most common fallacies to make way for a constructive, scientific approach to the global energy challenge. when will the world run out of oil? should nuclear energy be adopted on a larger scale? are ethanol and wind power viable sources of energy

    Bill Gates

    I recommend this book to everyone who spends time working on energy issues

    Oct 13, 2010 — Source

  • The Power to Compete

    The Power to Compete

    The Power to Compete

    Hiroshi Mikitani,Ryoichi Mikitani
    Business & Economics
    3.57 (396)

    "5 books to read this summer" the power to compete tackles the issues central to the prosperity of japan - and the world - in search of a cure for the "japan disease." as founder and ceo of rakuten, one of the world's largest internet companies, author hiroshi mikitani brings an entrepreneur's perspective to bear on the country's economic stagnation. through a freewheeling and candid conversation with his economist father, ryoichi mikitani, the two examine the issues facing japan, and explore possible roadmaps to revitalization. how can japan overhaul its

    Bill Gates

    Is a smart and thought-provoking look at the future of a fascinating country.

    May 17, 2016 — Source

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    4.15 (125,792)

    It is a tale of revolution, of the rebellion of a former penal colony on the moon against its masters on the earth. it is a tale of a culture whose family structures are based on the presence of two men for every woman, leading to novel forms of marriage and family. it is the story of the disparate people, a computer technician, a vigorous young female agitator, and an elderly academic who become the movement's leaders, and of mike, the supercomputer whose sentience is known only to the revolt's

    Bill Gates

    It is a great novel to get lost in, learn from, and think about.

    May 17, 2016 — Source

  • Stretching the School Dollar

    Stretching the School Dollar

    Stretching the School Dollar

    Eric Osberg,Frederick M. Hess
    Education
    3.62 (13)

    Not only is cost-cutting essential in this era of tightened resources, argue hess and osberg, but eliminating inefficient spending is critical for freeing up resources to drive school reform.stretching the school dollar book brings together a dynamic group of authors—scholars, consultants, journalists, and entrepreneurs—who offer fresh insights into an issue no school or district can afford to ignore.stretching the school dollar is a volume in the educational innovations series.

    Bill Gates

    It's a very readable examination of what's wrong with how we spend money on public education in the United States.

    Mar 1, 2011 — Source

  • Born a Crime

    Born a Crime

    Born a Crime

    Trevor Noah
    4.46 (524,217)

    The memoir of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. trevor noah’s unlikely path from apartheid south africa to the desk of the daily show began with a criminal act: his birth. trevor was born to a white swiss father and a black xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the

    Bill Gates

    I quickly learned how Noahs outsider approach has been honed over a lifetime of never quite fitting in

    May 22, 2017 — Source

  • Blueprint

    Blueprint

    Blueprint

    Nicholas A. Christakis MD PhD
    Science
    3.95 (1,943)

    For too long, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, cruelty, prejudice, and self-interest. but natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, friendship, cooperation, and learning. beneath all of our inventions -- our tools, farms, machines, cities, nations -- we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society.in blueprint, nicholas a. christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in

    Bill Gates

    Blueprint by Nicholas Christakis is a fascinating look at human behavior.

    Jul 23, 2019 — Source

  • Upheaval

    Upheaval

    Upheaval

    Jared Diamond
    3.89 (7,678)

    In his international bestsellers guns, germs and steel and collapse, jared diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. now, in his third book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes -- a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises.diamond compares how six countries have survived recent upheavals -- ranging from the forced opening of japan by u.s. commodore perry's fleet, to the soviet union's attack on finland, to a murderous coup or countercoup

    Bill Gates

    I love all of Jared’s books.

    May 20, 2019 — Source

  • The Quest

    The Quest

    The Quest

    Daniel Yergin
    Business & Economics
    4.13 (4,251)

    In this gripping account of the quest for the energy that our world needs, daniel yergin continues the riveting story begun in his pulitzer prize-winning book, the prize. a master storyteller as well as a leading energy expert, yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change. it is a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them. from the jammed streets of beijing to the shores of the caspian sea,

    Bill Gates

    At 816 pages, it’s a commitment, but one that you’ll find worthwhile thanks to Yergin’s expertise as an energy expert and writer.

    May 17, 2012 — Source

  • The Box

    The Box

    The Box

    Marc Levinson
    Business & Economics
    3.8 (5,717)

    In april 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from newark to houston. from that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. "the box" tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.published on the fiftieth anniversary of the first container voyage, this is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. it recounts

    Bill Gates

    An excellent book I read this summer about the shipping industry, and in particular an innovation.

    Aug 9, 2013 — Source

  • Sustainable Materials - With Both Eyes Open

    Sustainable Materials - With Both Eyes Open

    Sustainable Materials - With Both Eyes Open

    Jonathan M. Cullen,Julian M. Allwood
    Science
    4.13 (79)

    Ala outstanding academic title this evidence-based survey presents a holistic vision of options for a sustainable future by going beyond efficient and clean production to the inclusion of material efficiency and the reduction of demand. beginning with an all-encompassing examination of the uses of the five most important materials—steel, aluminum, cement, plastic, and paper—this exploration delves into the entire lifecycle of these materials, from smelting and goods manufacture to final recycling. through evidence drawn from this analysis and real-world commercial enterprises, the study submits creative solutions for achieving manufacturing efficiencies

    Bill Gates

    Although the book is probably too detailed for most general readers—its 350 pages are filled with dense diagrams and a lot of numbers—the authors’ conclusions are well worth understanding.

    Dec 7, 2015 — Source

  • Stress Test

    Stress Test

    Stress Test

    Timothy F. Geithner
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.07 (4,713)

    As president of the federal reserve bank of new york and then as president barack obama’s secretary of the treasury, timothy f. geithner helped the united states navigate the worst financial crisis since the great depression, from boom to bust to rescue to recovery. in a candid, riveting, and historically illuminating memoir, he takes readers behind the scenes of the crisis, explaining the hard choices and politically unpalatable decisions he made to repair a broken financial system and prevent the collapse of the main street economy. this is the inside

    Bill Gates

    I found the entire book very clear and easy to read.

    Jul 13, 2014 — Source

  • Reinventing American Health Care

    Reinventing American Health Care

    Reinventing American Health Care

    Ezekiel J. Emanuel
    Health & Fitness
    4.01 (676)

    The definitive story of american health care today—its causes, consequences, and confusionsin march 2010, the affordable care act was signed into law. it was the most extensive reform of america’s health care system since at least the creation of medicare in 1965, and maybe ever. the aca was controversial and highly political, and the law faced legal challenges reaching all the way to the supreme court; it even precipitated a government shutdown. it was a signature piece of legislation for president obama’s first term, and also a ball and chain

    Bill Gates

    The facts and history that Emanuel lays out would be useful to anyone involved in the debate over health care

    Jul 12, 2014 — Source

  • Epic Measures

    Epic Measures

    Epic Measures

    Jeremy N. Smith
    Health & Fitness
    4.11 (687)

    Moneyball meets medicine in this remarkable chronicle of one of the greatest scientific quests of our time—the groundbreaking program to answer the most essential question for humanity: how do we live and die?—and the visionary mastermind behind it.medical doctor and economist christopher murray began the global burden of disease studies to gain a truer understanding of how we live and how we die. while it is one of the largest scientific projects ever attempted—as breathtaking as the first moon landing or the human genome project—the questions it answers are meaningful

    Bill Gates

    a highly readable account for anyone who wants to know more about Chris’s work and why it matters.

    Sep 15, 2015 — Source

  • TOMORROW'S TABLE >CUSTOM<
    Bill Gates

    This is an important book for anyone who wants to learn about the science of seeds and the challenges faced by farmers.

    Mar 8, 2010 — Source

  • Nine Pints

    Nine Pints

    Nine Pints

    Rose George
    Science
    3.83 (2,930)

    Blood carries life, yet the sight of it makes people faint. it is a waste product and a commodity pricier than oil. it can save lives and transmit deadly infections. each one of us has roughly nine pints of it, yet many don’t even know their own blood type. and for all its ubiquity, the few tablespoons of blood discharged by 800 million women are still regarded as taboo; menstruation is perhaps the single most demonized biological event.rose george, author of the big necessity, is renowned for her intrepid work

    Bill Gates

    The book is packed with super-interesting facts that I had to work very hard not to share with unsuspecting friends and colleagues during social occasions.

    May 20, 2019 — Source

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    J. D. Vance
    Social Science
    3.9 (366,757)

    Hillbilly elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class americans. the disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. j. d. vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.the vance family story begins hopefully in postwar america.

    Bill Gates

    I think the book was such a good read

    May 22, 2017 — Source

  • Believe Me

    Believe Me

    Believe Me

    Eddie Izzard
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.83 (8,373)

    Critically acclaimed, award-winning british comedian and actor eddie izzard details his childhood, his first performances on the streets of london, his ascent to worldwide success on stage and screen, and his comedy shows which have won over audiences around the world.over the course of a thirty-year career, eddie izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screen with an unbelievable fervor. born in yemen, and raised in ireland, wales and post-war england, he lost his mother at the age of six. in

    Bill Gates

    Eddie Izzard is a comic genius and his memoir is terrific as long as you've seen his act.

    Dec 4, 2017 — Source

  • Being Nixon

    Being Nixon

    Being Nixon

    Evan Thomas
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.24 (2,243)

    Evan thomas delivers the best single-volume biography of richard nixon to date, a radical, unique portrait of a complicated figure who was both determinedly optimistic and tragically flawed. the new york times bestselling author of ike’s bluff and sea of thunder, thomas brings new life to one of american history’s most infamous, paradoxical, and enigmatic politicians, dispensing with myths to achieve an intimate and nuanced look at the actual man. what drove a painfully shy outcast in elite washington society—a man so self-conscious he refused to make eye contact during

    Bill Gates

    It’s a worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in this brilliant, conflicted, and complicated man.

    Dec 7, 2015 — Source

  • When Breath Becomes Air

    When Breath Becomes Air

    When Breath Becomes Air

    Paul Kalanithi
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.36 (507,136)

    For readers of atul gawande, andrew solomon, and anne lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question 'what makes a life worth living?'at the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, paul kalanithi was diagnosed with stage iv lung cancer. one day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. and just like that, the future he

    Bill Gates

    It's an amazing book and the best nonfiction story I've read in a long time.

    Mar 7, 2017 — Source

  • The Rational Optimist

    The Rational Optimist

    The Rational Optimist

    Matt Ridley
    Business & Economics
    3.98 (9,993)

    Life is getting better—and at an accelerating rate. food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down — all across the globe. though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; africa is following asia out of poverty; the internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people’s lives as never before. the pessimists who dominate public discourse insist that we will soon reach a turning point and things will start to get worse.

    Bill Gates

    The poor need aid, not flawed theories

    Nov 30, 2010 — Source

  • xkcd

    xkcd

    xkcd

    Randall Munroe
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    Humor
    4.33 (6,956)

    Randall munroe describes xkcd as a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. while it's practically required reading in the geek community, xkcd fans are as varied as the comic's subject matter. this book creates laughs from science jokes on one page to relationship humor on another.xkcd: volume 0 is the first book from the immensely popular webcomic with a passionate readership (just google "xkcd meetup").the artist selected personal and fan favorites from his first 600 comics. it was lovingly assembled from high-resolution original scans of the comics (the mouseover

    Bill Gates

    Youll learn about things like ballistics, DNA, the oceans, the atmosphere, and lightning.

    May 19, 2015 — Source

  • The Road to Character

    The Road to Character

    The Road to Character

    David Brooks
    Philosophy
    3.65 (22,030)

    With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his new york times column and his previous bestsellers, david brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. in the social animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. now, in the road to character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. responding to what he calls the culture of the big me, which emphasizes external success, brooks challenges us, and

    Bill Gates

    I agree with Brooks that it's useful to think about how to get the balance right

    Dec 7, 2015 — Source

  • Becoming Steve Jobs

    Becoming Steve Jobs

    Becoming Steve Jobs

    Brent Schlender,Rick Tetzeli
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.06 (17,144)

    #1 new york times bestseller there have been many books—on a large and small scale—about steve jobs, one of the most famous ceos in history. but this book is different from all the others.becoming steve jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about steve jobs. the conventional, one-dimensional view of jobs is that he was half-genius, half-jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike. becoming steve jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the apple cofounder

    Bill Gates

    The new book “Becoming Steve Jobs” has me thinking of my old friend. A true visionary.

    Mar 26, 2015 — Source

  • Value-Added Measures in Education

    Value-Added Measures in Education

    Value-Added Measures in Education

    Douglas N. Harris
    Education
    3.39 (28)

    Drawing on his extensive work with schools and districts, he sets out to help educators and policy makers understand this innovative approach to assessment.written in straightforward language and illustrated with actual student achievement data, this essential volume shows how value-added measurement can help schools make better use of their data and discusses the strengths and limitations of this approach.

    Bill Gates

    His book is a solid introduction to how value-added measures can work

    Jan 17, 2013 — Source

  • The Signal and the Noise

    The Signal and the Noise

    The Signal and the Noise

    Nate Silver
    Business & Economics
    3.96 (48,436)

    Nate silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair's breadth. he solidified his standing as the nation's foremost political forecaster with his near perfect prediction of the 2012 election. silver is the founder and editor in chief of fivethirtyeight.com. drawing on his own groundbreaking work, silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. most predictions fail, often at great cost to society, because most of us have a poor understanding

    Bill Gates

    This book is about predictions in many domains besides politics.

    Feb 21, 2013 — Source

  • Poor Numbers

    Poor Numbers

    Poor Numbers

    Morten Jerven
    Political Science
    3.75 (134)

    One of the most urgent challenges in african economic development is to devise a strategy for improving statistical capacity. reliable statistics, including estimates of economic growth rates and per-capita income, are basic to the operation of governments in developing countries and vital to nongovernmental organizations and other entities that provide financial aid to them. rich countries and international financial institutions such as the world bank allocate their development resources on the basis of such data. the paucity of accurate statistics is not merely a technical problem; it has a massive

    Bill Gates

    If we can get the numbers right, we can help more people

    May 2, 2013 — Source

  • Academically Adrift

    Academically Adrift

    Academically Adrift

    Richard Arum
    Education
    3.4 (870)

    In spite of soaring tuition costs, more and more students go to college every year. a bachelor’s degree is now required for entry into a growing number of professions. and some parents begin planning for the expense of sending their kids to college when they’re born. almost everyone strives to go, but almost no one asks the fundamental question posed by academically adrift: are undergraduates really learning anything once they get there?for a large proportion of students, richard arum and josipa roksa’s answer to that question is a definitive no.

    Bill Gates

    One criticism of the book is that it doesnt look at subject-matter learning.

    Oct 30, 2012 — Source

  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense

    13 Things That Don't Make Sense

    13 Things That Don't Make Sense

    Michael Brooks
    Science
    3.75 (5,673)

    Ninety-six per cent of the universe is missing. the effects of homeopathy don’t go away under rigorous scientific conditions. the laws of nature aren’t what they used to be. thirty years on, no one has an explanation for a seemingly intelligent signal received from outer space. the us department of energy is re-examining cold fusion because the experimental evidence seems too solid to ignore. the placebo effect is put to work in medicine while doctors can’t agree whether it even exists.in an age when science is supposed to be king,

    Bill Gates

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  • Brain Rules

    Brain Rules

    Brain Rules

    John Medina
    4 (32,457)

    Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know—like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best.how do we learn? what exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? why is multi-tasking a myth? why is it so easy to forget—and so important to repeat new knowledge? is it true that men and women have different brains?in brain rules, dr. john medina, a molecular biologist, shares his

    Bill Gates

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  • Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Charles T. Munger,Peter D. Kaufman
    Investments
    4.4 (8,049)

    Expanded third edition includes charlie's 2007 usc law school commencement address. edited by peter d. kaufman. brand new.

    Bill Gates

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  • Collapse

    Collapse

    Collapse

    Jared Diamond
    Epic poetry
    Greek
    History
    3.91 (70,048)

    Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: how can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?in his million-copy bestseller guns, germs, and steel, jared diamond examined how and why western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. now in this brilliant companion volume, diamond probes the other side of the equation: what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into

    Bill Gates

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  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Daniel Kahneman
    Psychology
    4.16 (389,431)

    In the highly anticipated thinking, fast and slow, kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. system 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; system 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. the impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in

    Bill Gates

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  • The World Is Flat

    The World Is Flat

    The World Is Flat

    Thomas L. Friedman
    Social Science
    3.68 (104,378)

    When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, and they come to the chapter y2k to march 2004 , what will they say was the most crucial development? the attacks on the world trade center on 9/11 and the iraq war? or the convergence of technology and events that allowed india, china, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing, creating an explosion of wealth in the middle classes of the world's two biggest nations, giving them

    Bill Gates

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  • Too Big to Fail

    Too Big to Fail

    Too Big to Fail

    Andrew Ross Sorkin
    Business & Economics
    4.13 (37,635)

    Andrew ross sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the great depression developed into a global tsunami. from inside the corner office at lehman brothers to secret meetings in south korea, and the corridors of washington, too big to fail is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed, and, ultimately, the fate of the world’s economy. “we’ve got to get some foam down on the runway!” a

    Bill Gates

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  • Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

    Foster David Wallace
    Fiction
    3.85 (26,351)

    In his startling and singular new short story collection, david foster wallace nudges at the boundaries of fiction with inimitable wit and seductive intelligence. venturing inside minds and landscapes that are at once recognisable and utterly strange, these stories reaffirm wallace's reputation as one of his generation's pre-eminent talents, expanding our ides and pleasures fiction can afford.among the stories are 'the depressed person', a dazzling and blackly humorous portrayal of a woman's mental state; 'adult world', which reveals a woman's agonised consideration of her confusing sexual relationship with her husband;

    Bill Gates

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  • Abundance

    Abundance

    Abundance

    Sena Jeter Naslund
    Science
    3.73 (9,668)

    "like everyone, i am born naked." with this opening line of naslund's compelling new novel, a very human marie antoinette invites readers to live her story as she herself experiences it. from the lush gardens of versailles to the lights and gaiety of paris, the verdant countryside of france, and finally the stark and terrifying isolation of a prison cell, the young queen's life is joyful, poignant, and harrowing by turns. as her world of unprecedented royal splendor crumbles, the charming marie antoinette matures into a heroine of inspiring stature,

    Bill Gates

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  • The Cat's Table

    The Cat's Table

    The Cat's Table

    Michael Ondaatje
    Fiction
    3.61 (25,122)

    A spellbinding story - by turns poignant and electrifying - about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage.in the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in colombo boards a ship bound for england. at mealtimes he is seated at the "cat's table" - as far from the captain's table as can be - with a ragtag group of "insignificant" adults and two other boys, cassius and ramadhin. as the ship makes its way across the indian ocean, through the

    Bill Gates

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  • Why Nations Fail

    Why Nations Fail

    Why Nations Fail

    Daron Acemoglu,James A. Robinson
    Business & Economics
    4.06 (40,968)

    Is it culture, the weather, geography? perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? simply, no. none of these factors is either definitive or destiny. otherwise, how to explain why botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other african nations, such as zimbabwe, the congo, and sierra leone, are mired in poverty and violence? daron acemoglu and james robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). korea, to take just one of their

    Bill Gates

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  • Showing Up for Life

    Showing Up for Life

    Showing Up for Life

    Bill Gates Sr.,Mary Ann Mackin
    Self-Help
    3.76 (981)

    A heartfelt, deeply personal book, showing up for life shines a bright light on the values and principles that bill gates sr. has learned over a lifetime of “showing up” — lessons that he learned growing up in the great depression, and which he instilled in his children and continues to practice on the world stage as the co-chair of the bill & melinda gates foundation.through the course of several dozen narratives arranged in roughly chronological fashion, gates introduces the people and experiences that influenced his thinking and guided his

    Bill Gates

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  • Identity

    Identity

    Identity

    Francis Fukuyama
    Political Science
    3.86 (4,300)

    In 2014, francis fukuyama wrote that american institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups. two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of a series of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threatened to destabilize the entire international order. these populist nationalists seek direct charismatic connection to "the people," who are usually defined in narrow identity terms that offer an irresistible call to an in-group and exclude large parts of the population as a whole.demand for

    Bill Gates

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  • Broken Genius

    Broken Genius

    Broken Genius

    J. Shurkin
    History
    3.8 (97)

    When william shockley invented the transistor, the world was changed forever and he was awarded the nobel prize. but today shockley is often remembered only for his incendiary campaigning about race, intelligence, and genetics. his dubious research led him to donate to the nobel prize sperm bank and preach his inflammatory ideas widely, making shocking pronouncements on the uselessness of remedial education and the sterilization of individuals with iqs below 100. ultimately his crusade destroyed his reputation and saw him vilified on national television, yet he died proclaiming his work

    Bill Gates

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  • Modernist Cuisine

    Modernist Cuisine

    Modernist Cuisine

    Chris Young,Maxime Bilet,Nathan Myhrvold
    4.59 (1,530)

    A revolution is underway in the art of cooking. just as french impressionists upended centuries of tradition, modernist cuisine has in recent years blown through the boundaries of the culinary arts. borrowing techniques from the laboratory, pioneering chefs at world-renowned restaurants such as elbulli, the fat duck, alinea, and wd~50 have incorporated a deeper understanding of science and advances in cooking technology into their culinary art. in modernist cuisine: the art and science of cooking, nathan myhrvold, chris young, and maxime bilet--scientists, inventors, and accomplished cooks in their own right--have

    Bill Gates

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  • Who’s Teaching Your Children?

    Who’s Teaching Your Children?

    Who’s Teaching Your Children?

    Katherine C. Boles,Vivian Troen
    Education
    3.86 (42)

    The shortage of qualified teachers in our nation’s classrooms is critical, and it is getting worse. this thought-provoking book reveals the reasons for the crisis and offers concrete, affordable solutions.“a practical vision of how our children can get the high-quality teaching they deserve—a vision worth pondering and even implementing.”—ted fiske, former education editor of the new york times and coauthor of when schools compete: a cautionary tale“this book should be read not just by teachers and teacher educators but also by parents, citizens, and policy makers—by all those who need

    Bill Gates

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  • Big History

    Big History

    Big History

    Cynthia Stokes Brown
    History
    3.85 (850)

    'big history' begins when the universe is no more than a single point the size of an atom and ends with a 21st century world inhabited by 6.1 billion people. it's a story that takes in prehistoric geography, human evolution, the agrarian age, the black death, the voyages of columbus, the industrial revolution and global warming.

    Bill Gates

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  • Why Don't Students Like School?

    Why Don't Students Like School?

    Why Don't Students Like School?

    Daniel T. Willingham
    Education
    4.04 (4,316)

    Kids are naturally curious, but when it comes to school it seems like their minds are turned off. why is it that they can remember the smallest details from their favorite television program, yet miss the most obvious questions on their history test?cognitive scientist dan willingham has focused his acclaimed research on the biological and cognitive basis of learning and has a deep understanding of the daily challenges faced by classroom teachers. this book will help teachers improve their practice by explaining how they and their students think and learn—revealing

    Bill Gates

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  • The Perfect Weapon

    The Perfect Weapon

    The Perfect Weapon

    David E. Sanger
    Cyberspace
    4.29 (2,495)

    Behind the russian cyberattacks that may have thrown the 2016 election; behind the sony hack; behind mysterious power outages around the world and the disappearance of thousands of personnel records from poorly guarded government servers are the traces of a new and powerful weapon, one that has the potential to remake global conflict like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. the perfect weapon is the riveting story of how, in less than a decade, cyberwarfare displaced terrorism and nuclear attacks as the greatest threat to american national security.

    Bill Gates

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  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded

    Hot, Flat, and Crowded

    Hot, Flat, and Crowded

    Thomas L. Friedman
    Political Science
    3.71 (13,494)

    In this brilliant, essential book, pulitzer prize-winning author thomas l. friedman speaks to america's urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a sustainable environment and a sustainable america. friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the expansion of the world’s middle class through globalization have produced a dangerously unstable planet--one that is "hot, flat, and crowded." in this release 2.0 edition, he also shows how the very habits that led us to ravage the natural world led to the meltdown

    Bill Gates

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  • Unlocking the Gates

    Unlocking the Gates

    Unlocking the Gates

    Taylor Walsh
    Education
    3.48 (21)

    Over the past decade, a small revolution has taken place at some of the world's leading universities, as they have started to provide free access to undergraduate course materials--including syllabi, assignments, and lectures--to anyone with an internet connection. yale offers high-quality audio and video recordings of a careful selection of popular lectures, mit supplies digital materials for nearly all of its courses, carnegie mellon boasts a purpose-built interactive learning environment, and some of the most selective universities in india have created a vast body of online content in order to

    Bill Gates

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  • This Time Is Different

    This Time Is Different

    This Time Is Different

    Carmen M. Reinhart,Kenneth S. Rogoff
    Business & Economics
    Psychology
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    Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing--and recovering--their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different"--claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. with this breakthrough study, leading economists carmen reinhart and kenneth rogoff definitively prove them wrong. covering sixty-six countries across five continents, this time is different presents a comprehensive look at the varieties of financial crises, and guides us through

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  • Open

    Open

    Open

    Andre Agassi
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.24 (98,311)

    From andre agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography.agassi’s incredibly rigorous training begins when he is just a child. by the age of thirteen, he is banished to a florida tennis camp that feels like a prison camp. lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. he dyes his hair, pierces his ears, dresses like a punk rocker. by the time

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  • Beyond Smoke and Mirrors

    Beyond Smoke and Mirrors

    Beyond Smoke and Mirrors

    Douglas S. Massey,Jorge Durand,Nolan J. Malone
    Social Science
    4.07 (149)

    Migration between mexico and the united states is part of a historical process of increasing north american integration. this process acquired new momentum with the passage of the north american free trade agreement in 1994, which lowered barriers to the movement of goods, capital, services, and information. but rather than include labor in this new regime, the united states continues to resist the integration of the labor markets of the two countries. instead of easing restrictions on mexican labor, the united states has militarized its border and adopted restrictive new

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  • Titan II

    Titan II

    Titan II

    David Stumpf
    History
    3.91 (35)

    The titan ii icbm (intercontinental ballistic missile) program was developed by the united states military to bolster the size, strength, and speed of the nation's strategic weapons arsenal in the 1950s and 1960s. each missile carried a single warhead -- the largest in u.s. inventory -- used liquid fuel propellants, and was stored and launched from hardened underground silos. the missiles were deployed at basing facilities in arkansas, arizona, and kansas and remained in active service for over twenty years. since military deactivation in the early 1980s, the titan ii

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  • The Grid

    The Grid

    The Grid

    Phillip F. Schewe
    Science
    3.43 (152)

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  • Six Days of the Condor

    Six Days of the Condor

    Six Days of the Condor

    James Grady
    Fiction
    4.09 (18,907)

    Cia operative malcolm, code-named condor, discovers his colleagues butchered in a blood-spattered office, he realizes that only an oversight by the assassins has saved his life. he contacts cia headquarters for help but when an attempted rendezvous goes wrong, it quickly becomes clear that no one can be trusted. malcolm disappears into the streets of washington, hoping to evade the killers long enough to unravel the conspiracy—but will that be enough to save his life?

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  • How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place

    How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place

    How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place

    Ed. Lomborg, Bjorn
    Business & Economics
    3.33 (108)

    Edited by bj�rn lomborg, this abridged version of the highly acclaimed global crises, global solutions provides a serious yet accessible springboard for debate and discussion on the world's most serious problems, and what we can do to solve them. in a world fraught with problems and challenges, we need to gauge how to achieve the greatest good with our money. this unique book provides a rich set of dialogs examining ten of the most serious challenges facing the world today: climate change, the spread of communicable diseases, conflicts and arms

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  • Einstein

    Einstein

    Einstein

    Walter Isaacson
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.13 (160,051)

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  • World on the Edge

    World on the Edge

    World on the Edge

    Lester R. Brown
    Economic development
    3.9 (389)

    We are in a race between political and natural tipping points. can we close coal-fired power plants fast enough to save the greenland ice sheet and avoid catastrophic sea level rise? can we raise water productivity fast enough to halt the depletion of aquifers and avoid water-driven food shortages? can we cope with peak water and peak oil at the same time? these are some of the issues lester r. brown skillfully distills in world on the edge. bringing decades of research and analysis into play, he provides the responses

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  • The Path Between the Seas

    The Path Between the Seas

    The Path Between the Seas

    David McCullough
    History
    Self-Help
    4.2 (17,928)

    On december 31, 1999, after nearly a century of rule, the united states officially ceded ownership of the panama canal to the nation of panama. that nation did not exist when, in the mid-19th century, europeans first began to explore the possibilities of creating a link between the atlantic and pacific oceans through the narrow but mountainous isthmus; panama was then a remote and overlooked part of colombia.all that changed, writes david mccullough in his magisterial history of the canal, in 1848, when prospectors struck gold in california. a wave

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  • The End of Poverty

    The End of Poverty

    The End of Poverty

    Jeffrey Sachs
    Social Science
    3.69 (10,640)

    The landmark exploration of economic prosperity and how the world can escape from extreme poverty for the world's poorest citizens, from one of the world's most renowned economists hailed by as one of the world's hundred most influential people, is renowned for his work around the globe advising economies in crisis. now a classic of its genre, the end of poverty distills more than thirty years of experience to offer a uniquely informed vision of the steps that can transform impoverished countries into prosperous ones. marrying vivid storytelling with rigorous

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  • Science Business

    Science Business

    Science Business

    Gary P. Pisano
    Business & Economics
    3.67 (101)

    Why has the biotechnology industry failed to perform up to expectations—despite all its promise? in science business, gary p. pisano answers this question by providing an incisive critique of the industry. pisano not only reveals the underlying causes of biotech's problems; he offers the most sophisticated analysis yet on how the industry works. and he provides clear prescriptions for companies, investors, and policy makers seeking ways to improve the industry's performance. according to pisano, the biotech industry's problems stem from its special character as a science-based business. this character poses

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  • Railroader

    Railroader

    Railroader

    Howard Green
    Chief executive officers
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  • Energy and Civilization

    Energy and Civilization

    Energy and Civilization

    Vaclav Smil
    Science
    4.12 (2,144)

    Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. the conversion of energy on earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops. life on earth depends on the photosynthetic conversion of solar energy into plant biomass. humans have come to rely on many more energy flows—ranging from fossil fuels to photovoltaic generation of electricity—for their civilized existence. in this monumental history, vaclav smil provides a comprehensive account of how energy has shaped society, from pre-agricultural foraging societies through today's fossil

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  • A Champion's Mind

    A Champion's Mind

    A Champion's Mind

    Pete Sampras,Peter Bodo
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.62 (1,820)

    Pete sampras is arguably the greatest tennis player ever, a man whose hard-nosed work ethic led to an unprecedented number one world ranking for 286 weeks, and whose prodigious talent made possible a record-setting fourteen grand slam titles. while his more vocal rivals sometimes grabbed the headlines, pete always preferred to let his racket do the talking. until now. in a champion’s mind, the tennis great who so often exhibited visible discomfort with letting people “inside his head” finally opens up. an athletic prodigy, pete resolved from his earliest playing

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  • Unlocking Energy Innovation

    Unlocking Energy Innovation

    Unlocking Energy Innovation

    David M. Hart,Richard K. Lester
    Science
    3.64 (22)

    Energy innovation offers us our best chance to solve the three urgent and interrelated problems of climate change, worldwide insecurity over energy supplies, and rapidly growing energy demand. but if we are to achieve a timely transition to reliable, low-cost, low-carbon energy, the u.s. energy innovation system must be radically overhauled.unlocking energy innovation outlines an up-to-the-minute plan for remaking america's energy innovation system by tapping the country's entrepreneurial strengths and regional diversity in both the public and private spheres. "business as usual" will not fill the energy innovation gap. only

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  • The Post-American World

    The Post-American World

    The Post-American World

    Fareed Zakaria
    Political Science
    Religion
    3.87 (12,322)

    "this is not a book about the decline of america, but rather about the rise of everyone else." so begins fareed zakaria's important new work on the era we are now entering. following on the success of his best-selling the future of freedom, zakaria describes with equal prescience a world in which the united states will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures. he sees the "rise of the rest"—the growth of countries like china, india, brazil, russia, and many others—as the great story of our

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  • The Man Who Stayed Behind

    The Man Who Stayed Behind

    The Man Who Stayed Behind

    Amanda Bennett,Sidney Rittenberg
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.22 (186)

    The man who stayed behind is the remarkable account of sidney rittenberg, an american who was sent to china by the u.s. military in the 1940s. a student activist and labor organizer who was fluent in chinese, rittenberg became caught up in the turbulence that engulfed china and remained there until the late 1970s. even with access to china’s highest leaders as an american communist, however, he was twice imprisoned for a total of sixteen years. both a memoir and a documentary history of the chinese revolution from 1949 through

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  • The Making of a Tropical Disease

    The Making of a Tropical Disease

    The Making of a Tropical Disease

    Randall M. Packard
    Medical
    3.91 (106)

    Malaria sickens hundreds of millions of people—and kills one to three million—each year. despite massive efforts to eradicate the disease, it remains a major public health problem in poorer tropical regions. but malaria has not always been concentrated in tropical areas. how did other regions control malaria and why does the disease still flourish in some parts of the globe?from russia to bengal to palm beach, randall packard’s far-ranging narrative traces the natural and social forces that help malaria spread and make it deadly. he finds that war, land development,

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  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs

    Walter Isaacson
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.15 (1,093,096)

    Walter isaacson's "enthralling" (the new yorker) worldwide bestselling biography of apple cofounder steve jobs. based on more than forty interviews with steve jobs conducted over two years--as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues--walter isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. isaacson's portrait touched millions of readers. at a time when

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  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Tracy Kidder
    Juvenile Nonfiction
    4.13 (84,145)

    At the center of mountains beyond mountains stands paul farmer. doctor, harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a macarthur "genius" grant, world-class robin hood, farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life’s calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most.mountains beyond mountains takes us from harvard to haiti, peru, cuba, and russia as farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the

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  • Global Catastrophes and Trends

    Global Catastrophes and Trends

    Global Catastrophes and Trends

    Vaclav Smil
    Science
    4.07 (210)

    Fundamental change occurs most often in one of two ways: as a "fatal discontinuity," a sudden catastrophic event that is potentially world changing, or as a persistent, gradual trend. global catastrophes include volcanic eruptions, viral pandemics, wars, and large-scale terrorist attacks; trends are demographic, environmental, economic, and political shifts that unfold over time. in this provocative book, scientist vaclav smil takes a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary look at the catastrophes and trends the next fifty years may bring. this is not a book of forecasts or scenarios but one that reminds us

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  • Educational Economics

    Educational Economics

    Educational Economics

    Marguerite Roza
    Education
    3.9 (51)

    Educational economics: where do school funds go? examines education finance from the school's vantage point, explaining how the varied funding streams can prevent schools from delivering academic services that mesh with their stated priorities. as government budgets shrink, linking expenditures to student outcomes will be imperative. educational economics offers concrete prescriptions for reform.

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  • Vaccine

    Vaccine

    Vaccine

    Arthur Allen
    Medical
    3.81 (273)

    Arthur allen reveals a history of vaccination that is both illuminated with hope and shrouded by controversy - covering jenner's discovery to pasteur's vaccines for rabies and cholera, to those that safeguarded the children of the 20th century.

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  • Money Well Spent

    Money Well Spent

    Money Well Spent

    Hal Harvey,Paul Brest
    Business & Economics
    3.55 (67)

    -all outstanding philanthropic successes have one thing in common: they started with a smart strategic plan, - say authors paul brest, president of the william and flora hewlett foundation, and hal harvey, president of climateworks. money well spent explains how to create and implement a strategy that ensures meaningful results. components of a smart strategy include:achieving great clarity about one's philanthropic goals specifying indicators of success before beginning a project designing and implementing a plan commensurate with available resources evidence-based understanding of the world in which the plan will operate

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  • The Limits to Growth

    The Limits to Growth

    The Limits to Growth

    Dennis L. Meadows,Donella H. Meadows,Jorgen Randers
    Science
    4.21 (1,998)

    In 1972, three scientists from mit created a computer model that analyzed global resource consumption and production. their results shocked the world and created stirring conversation about global 'overshoot,' or resource use beyond the carrying capacity of the planet. now, preeminent environmental scientists donnella meadows, jorgen randers, and dennis meadows have teamed up again to update and expand their original findings in the limits to growth: the 30 year global update.meadows, randers, and meadows are international environmental leaders recognized for their groundbreaking research into early signs of wear on the

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  • Enriching the Earth

    Enriching the Earth

    Enriching the Earth

    Vaclav Smil
    Technology & Engineering
    4.12 (75)

    The industrial synthesis of ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen has been of greater fundamental importance to the modern world than the invention of the airplane, nuclear energy, space flight, or television. the expansion of the world's population from 1.6 billion people in 1900 to today's six billion would not have been possible without the synthesis of ammonia.in enriching the earth, vaclav smil begins with a discussion of nitrogen's unique status in the biosphere, its role in crop production, and traditional means of supplying the nutrient. he then looks at various

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